Friday, June 12, 2020

Cowboy Woks, and dropping pins......

8:24 am - Friday - June 12th - Island Park, ID - 52° F, 81% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the north.....cloudy right now, but mostly sunny later on with a forecast high for today of 79° F.  On this day in 2013 we were in LaCrosse, WI visiting a local micro brewery.....



I haven't taken a Haibike ride for a while and Thursday seemed to be the perfect day for it with temps in the low 70's, light breezes, and lots of sun.  I set out riding south on Henry's Lake Road (County 055) around 11 am....just past our campground the pavement turns to dirt, and goes back and forth between well graded, smooth dirt/gravel roadbed to pavement for 6 miles before turning back to pavement permanently.  At the 6 mile mark I noticed some RV's down by the lake......


....and decided to investigate this public access area for possible future boondocking opportunities......


......you can just see Bill Frome County Park in that grove of aspens about 4 miles as the crow flies to the north......


.....after descending down to lake level I found several great boondocking sites, including this vacant one (picture above), which would easily fit 2-3 Class A RV's.....right across the street from the lake.  Below you can see a large 5th wheel, and a 40' Class A.....


.....if we weren't already set up, and completely happy with our current dry camping spot I would have suggested to Claude that we head directly there.  This great spot is a 'Public Access' point to the lake, and includes two pit toilets, as well as a boat launch ramp.....


.....in all I covered 7 miles out before I turned around to head back.  I came to a fork in the road advising Red Rock Pass was only 22 miles distant.....I don't think I'm into a 44 mile round trip ride today......


.....a 'sign of the times' perhaps?  There were a number of beautiful cabins along County 055, including this one which looked like it was designed to look like an old mining stamp mill.....


.....very intriguing.  In all I covered exactly 14 miles on my one hour and 20 minute round trip ride.....I needed that.  In covering that 14 miles I only used 11% of my battery capacity as I rode mostly in the first assist level for the entire ride, burning 880 caloric units, and averaged 10.9 mph for the entire ride.

As a reward for my physical exertion I pulled out one of our anti gravity chairs, and a good book to while away the afternoon......


 It dasn't get much better than this

....Claude and Gail took their dogs for a hike while I was gone, and shortly after I returned from my ride I got a text from Claude asking if we would join them for a BBQ'd chicken dinner prepared by their hands.....of course I accepted.

Around 5:30 pm Claude began to BBQ the two whole chickens while Elaine and Gail prepared some sides on Claude's amazing Cowboy Disc Wok which he had made for $75......




....I've watched Claude use this wok to prepare several meals now, and I am considering buying one....you can actually buy these online for about $140......

TLE sauteing some mushrooms for dinner on the 
Cowboy Disc Wok...you can see the hash browns Gail has 
already cooked ringing the outer edge of the wok

......by 6:30 we were eating, and raving about the BBQ'd chicken, and sides.....everything was delicious....thank you Claude, Gail and TLE.  We ended the evening with another fire before retiring inside around 9 pm for the evening.

Since all the camping here is dry you can hear the buzz of generators until about 10 pm when they all are dutifully shut down (quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am here).  It gets so quiet after 10 pm you can actually hear a pin drop.....that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

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