Camping Below Trinity

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July 7, 2012

Snow prevents us from reaching the Trinity lakes so we set up for a night along the cold creek below the lookout.

Too hot
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With predicted high temperatures above the century mark for the next several days, we opted to head for the mountains.

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Brenna was excited about the idea of camping again. She tried hard to convince us to go for several days. Maybe next time.

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Lots of folks were beating the heat on the South Fork of the Boise River. It was still much too hot and dusty for leisure in my book.

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Brenna cooled her feet and watched butterflies along the South Fork of the Boise River then we continued upward.

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Everything looked a little better after lunch at the Y-Stop in Prairie.

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I had expected to get over Trinity Mountain to one of the high mountain lakes but the road was gated some miles from the top. Luckily, we’d just passed a great Plan B.

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The creek was cold and clean. No cows here!

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After setting up camp, Jess and Bren began moving rocks to make a pool.

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She couldn’t keep her footing any deeper than this.

Hold still while I get a picture
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Hold still while I get a picture
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Lovely white noise
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Lovely white noise
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Fooling around
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Fooling around
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Now that dry heat has turned the valley brown it’s a pleasure to get up among so many wildflowers.

Not too cold for Tinker Bell
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Not too cold for Tinker Bell
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The oldest carving I saw was dated 1976.

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We had pretty good rain for about an hour. It was nice to settle the dust and scatter the bugs.

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Part of my interest in a Wrangler came from wanting to bring the whole family to the spectacular places I’ve been on the motorcycle and to have some of that open air, motorcycle experience.

That’s all well and good but we’re still fine tuning dust mitigation. Dust swirls into the still air behind the windshield until everything is infused with dirt. Rain was an opportunity to clean some of it.

In and out, in and out
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In and out, in and out
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First our smiley face
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Then an angry face
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Then an angry face
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These were Brenna’s idea. There are a few more but we’ll stick to these.

In her bubble
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She was over there by herself talking through some elaborate, imaginary story.

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We enjoyed a beautiful evening after the rain.

She was the firebug this time
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She was the firebug this time
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There is something perverse about a roasted veggie dog.

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We stayed up until the stars came out. Then we were sleepy.

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Brenna and I helped a little but this pool was mostly Jessica’s doing. She was very industrious this camping trip.

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Jessica noticed what I like to call a “road” around the gate so after packing up, we headed farther up the mountain.

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I think Trinity Mountain is one of the most beautiful places in Idaho.

I guess that explains the gate
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The summit is just ahead to the right. So close.

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The bit of water in the distance is Anderson Ranch Reservoir that Jess and I rode around a few weeks ago.

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The peak behind is Trinity Lookout, the highest drivable road in Idaho at 9,700 feet. Drivable if there’s not snow, anyway.

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Brenna seemed to enjoy her outdoor adventure.

Three point turn
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Three point turn
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The higher we went, the more wildflowers there were.

Descend to desert
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Descend to desert
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We couldn’t help but stop at the Y-Stop at the end of yonder prairie for lunch again. Then we continued back to brown heat.