Thursday, Friday, Saturday May 4, 5, 6, 2017 Grasmere Idaho, La Grande Oregon
Traveling up the road
I took my time getting it going this morning at the Gold Creek Guard Station, since I was the only one there it was nice and peaceful.
Mountain City store still not open
I was hoping the old store in Mountain City would be open by now and maybe they’d have internet, but when I went through town all his stock was covered up out front with tarps. Something must have gone wrong for the delay as all that stuff was out there last fall when I went by and it should have been in the store by now.
I continued on to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and stopped in their computer lab building to do my internet stuff.
Once that was done I continued north on 51 to the reservation store where I gassed up the van. Then I continued to almost a place called Grasmere. There was a lake there where I was thinking of spending the night.
Thinking of spending the night here
Move camp towards Roland
It was still early in the day so as I was resting there at the lake I was thinking I should take the road from Grasmere to a place called Roland where there was a camp place I liked called the McDonald Ranch. I checked the map and it was only 33 miles of gravel road, so off I went.
Creek is in the road no go
I stopped to check it out taking a walk down the road to see how far I could get before I would get stopped.
Turn it around
I got the van turned around and started back on the road I’d come in on as I remembered going by a camp spot that looked pretty good, so I went to find it.
Camping here tonight
It’s a nice peaceful spot as long as the marmots leave me alone tonight.
Camped near the town of Murphy
Friday May 5, 2017 Murphy Idaho
This morning I got on the road that goes north out of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, highway 51. Just before I got the the town of Bruneau I turned onto highway 78 and continued that way headed most west with a little north in there too. I was going along the Snake river basin, but most of the time I couldn’t see the river.
I was thinking I needed to find an early camp pretty soon or I’d be out where there where lots of people with not much camping. There was road going south out of Murphy so I traveled down it for awhile going down a little four wheel drive road to the Snake River where a rancher had some big pumps pumping water and making too much noise for me.
With the noisy pumps running I didn’t stay long and drove back up the hill.
I remembered a spot on back a ways on the road I came in on that looked acceptable so I drove back there and parked and walked around a bit.
Latter I decided to move across the road to another spot that was a little more off the road.
While there about five PM I got hit by a thunder storm for about an hour with wind, rain big sleet drops and some 3/8th inch hail too.
I walked up onto a little hill to look around and this is what I saw. With the thunder storms still coming in tonight, I moved the van nearer the main road but off on a side road with a mostly gravel bed in case things get real wet tonight, I want to be able to get back on the main road.
It’s now after dark and it’s been raining on and off but not really too hard yet, so I think I’m ok in this spot.
Posting this at La Grande Oregon