Duck Valley Indian Reservation and On To the Town of Bruneau Idaho

Tuesday October 16, 2018 Bruneau Idaho

Headed to Duck Valley

Well let’s see, I think I got a bit ahead of myself at the last post so let’s catch up.

This morning I woke here on the road to Sunflower Flat just south of Mountain City. It was a place they stopped a big fire last summer. I parked right on the edge where they stopped it.vancamp1


I drove back down the road to Mountain City and continued on to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation which I’m approaching here.duckvalley2


Visiting Joe

My plan was to visit with Joe at his tire shop which is also his home.

I pulled into his driveway to find Joe working on tire stuff in his yard, because that’s what he does.

Joe’s tire shop as I drove n the driveway.joes3


I shot the bull with Joe for about an hour and bummed some drinking water to fill up my bottles than headed for the Tribe’s store but stopped at the Tribe’s computer lab to do my internet stuff on the way.

Here’s the Tribe’s store where I got gas for the van.store4


Headed to the Town of Bruneau

After gassing I drove abut 40 miles north on highway 51 to this turnoff that goes across the desert to a  little town called Bruneau which I’d never been to before.road5


I think the road was about another forty miles to Bruneau. On the way I passed by these antelope doing what they usually do when they see people, run like hell.antilope6


Most of the road was in pretty good shape and fairly straight.road7


I saw quite a few antelope, here’s a few more of them. I saw no deer, but that might be because deer season just opened here.lopes7


Like I said the road was mostly good until I got near the town of Bruneau and it got a bit washboardy, but not too bad. Here I’m just dropping into the Bruneau town area.bruneau9


Bruneau library

I drove into Bruneau and checked the library for internet and it was open and good. I checked email and started driving around exploring. I drove down a road that went near the Bruneau River and stopped here in a day use area.sports10


I needed a place to camp but not there, so I drove back out the road to hunt up a camp spot. There are lots of big cattle ranches in this area so lots of cattle around.gate11


I checked a couple other places but the ones didn’t find any of them that I cared to put my boat in as the bodies of water were huge, more for power boats.

Looking for a camp

Of course big ranches mean private land so things were tight in this area as far as public access to stuff so I headed back out a road into the desert to look for a camp.

I stopped at this cemetery to check it out, but it was so large and spread out I figured that’d take about a day so drove on.cem12


Evening drive

I remembered a rock quarry I passed on the way in so I drove back to it and pulled in as the sun was going down. After checking it out, I felt boxed in and decided to look some more so decided to go for an evening drive to look around.camp12


I drove back up the road a bit, but didn’t get far when I saw a side road so tried it. It looked encouraging for a camp spot.road13


Tonight’s camp

This is where that road led to. An overlook with a view which I like just fine so I parked and am camped for the night.van14


Here’s my view out the side doors.vanview15


Which way to go

Right now I’m trying to decide which way to go from here. Back to the reservation or across the desert through the air forces bombing range to the town of Jarbidge or what. I’m fairly close to Jarbidge so I’m leaning towards that way which I will likely do.

Either way, I’ll go back to Bruneau tomorrow and post this blog before heading out.

Nice day and the night’s weather is improving going above freezing for a spell which is nice. Otherwise the days are sunny and clear.

Next morning in Bruneau

Coming into town.bruneau


At the library to post this blog. Nice lady here.library


I’ll post this blog and check email and weather then I’m headed to the Jarbidge area through the bombing range called Three Creeks Road.

Not sure where the next post will be from, maybe Jarbidge or back at the reservation.

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Willow Creek Reservoir, Tuscarora, Tailor Canyon, Bull Run Reservoir and Maggie’s Summit Exploring

Monday, Sunday, Monday October 13, 14, 15, 2018 Tuscarora, Bull Run Reservoir Nevada, Maggie’s Summit

Exploring around

Time to do some catching up here. I’m parked near Maggie’s Summit near Mountain City Nevada for a  break and to figure out what I want to do from here.

Saturday the 13th

Saturday I left the Willow Creek Reservoir and headed east to Tuscarora where I took a left and drove up into the mountains there.

Here’s the road I drove to Tuscarora headed northeast.hills1


Exploring up there

At Tuscarora I turned west and drove out up into the mountains as I’ve never been in this area. The road went up to the top and over the other side.

This is what it looked like driving up the hill.aspens2


Which road

I was curious which road went through from the top as I was trying to get to this area on my last trip from the west and I went up Rock Creek but got turned around at a washout.

Toe Jam Creek Road

This is the road I should have been on called Toe Jam Creek Road. I followed it down a short distance to have a look.road3


It’d snowed here a couple days ago, just before I got into the area.snow4


There was some rough stuff but not too bad.road5


I met some people up there in a side by side. They’d rode over from Midas, so now I knew the Toe Jam Road went on through.

I decided to go back down the mountain on the road I came up and camp by that cabin down there about center.raod6


I’m getting closer to the cabin here, see it? There’s a little creek running by it.cabin7


Tonight’s camp area

When I got to the cabin I got out to check it out. It turned out to be an old mining cabin that still had all it’s furniture, but hadn’t been used in quite some time.ca8


Mining area

The cabin turned out to be used for mining as there was some stuff around for mining but the tunnel was caved in. They cave in tunnel entrances when they are done mining to keep people out and safe.mine9


I camped along the creek just above the cabin.


Checked out the mining area

The next morning on the way out I walked around the mine to check it out.

And headed to Tailor Canyon Saloon

I was headed for this place called Tailor Canyon Saloon. I was hoping to talk with Bubba who helped me with my bum tire the last trip. But the place was hopping so I knew everyone would be too busy so I drove on by and up to a mining area above it fairly high on the  hill.tailorclub11


Checked out this mining area above Tailor Canyon

This mine was abandoned pretty much. It had big huge steel slab doors to block it’s entrance.mine11


I thought about spending the night there but it was too early in the day so I drove back down to the highway and headed towards Maggie’s Summit a few hours up the road.

Most of the cattle are down in the pastures for the winter.cattle12


Camped at Bull Run Reservoir area

I decided to stay here for the night and maybe do a walk up to Bull Run Reservoir which is off to the left. My camp is just across the creek where the road starts to the reservoir.bullcamp13


Walk to bull Run Reservoir

I was thinking about doing the walk to the reservoir in the morning but still had enough daylight, barely, to do it today. So at five I started off to the reservoir up by the mountain base there.bullwalk14


I walked over this road to the reservoir which is down in the canyon to the left.bullroad14


And the reservoir was mostly dry

It was a mile or so to the reservoir and it was mostly empty and the sun was going down.bullrun15


I ended up walking to it’s far end where the dam was which added about another mile in.

This magpie flew over near me to have a look.magpie15


With the sun going down I needed to start back so I did. It was mostly easy walking. My van is parked somewhere in those low hills up ahead, not in those snowy mountains luckily.back16


Not too far to go and I’ll be back to the van.back17


Camp spot for the night

I’m almost to the van, see it. This is where I spent the night and it was cold.vancamp16


Monday the 15th

In the morning I took my time getting it going as I’m not in a rush to be anywhere particularly and besides it was cold out.

I’m headed for the Duck Valley Indian Reservation eventually to get gas and post these blogs.

Right now I’m taking a break by Maggie’s Summit and deciding what to do from here. I’m thinking I might drive over to the town of Bruneau which is north of the Indian Reservation and I haven’t been to this town before but it looks interesting on the map.

Either way I’m headed to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation for gas and to post.

Duck Valley

I’m at the Duck Valley Indian Reservation’s IT lab by their high school doing internet stuff.

I plan to go visit Joe at the Tire Shop here for a visit and maybe get some drinking water and then continue on to a town called Bruneau an hour or so north of here in Idaho. After that I’m thinking I might go to Davis Creek in Modoc in the northeastern part of California to visit some locals from my area that have a hunting place there.

Not sure where I’ll be able to post from next so stay tuned.

Nice day here.

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