Wednesday, June 10, 2020

No escrow required.....

7:11 am - Wednesday - June 10th - Island Park, ID - 37° F, 98% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the west by northwest....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 62° down to 37 ° F overnight.......50° F inside the coach......the view this morning.....↴

 Looking east towards the rising sun

I have to admit that I had mixed emotions about moving to our FREE dry camp spot at Bill Frome Memorial County RV Park Tuesday morning.  The high for the day was only going to be 53° F, it was heavily overcast, and rain was in the offing according to the weather guessers.  Not an optimal day for unplugging and heading off into the kind of unknown, but that is kind of what makes this nomadic life interesting, and new every day.....the unknown.  On top of that I was not feeling 100% intestines had been gurgling for a couple of days along with the expected loose bowels.  Nevertheless, by 11:25 am we were completely unplugged, and I was dropping our 2007 American Trailer back on the hitch.  Within 1/4 mile of the park I turned north on Idaho 287 heading up to County Road 055 which would take us to our site for the next 5 days, or so.

After paying $210 for three days of full hookups while we rode out the series of winter like storms sweeping through Island Park it was good to be facing no fees for the next period of time, and being closer to Henry's Lake.  Let's face it, there are times like the past three days, when you have to bite the bullet and pay way too much for full hookups, but it is the free camping, dry camping, and boondocking that evens out the average daily cost as you change your view from time to time.

We reached the County Park just before 12 pm, and were set up by 12:15 pm......Claude and Gail arrived about 45 minutes later, and are parked in the site just to the west of our site.  We opted to pull in head first to get a better view out our front windows.....

....and Claude backed his Wanderlodge in to his site to create our own common area between the two rigs.....

......I told Claude I was feeling a little under the weather and he suggested I ingest a couple of ounces of apple cider vinegar for my stomach and digestive tract, so I did.....TLE just so happened to have some on hand....and what do you know?  Within an hour I began to feel just never know.

Since I was feeling better I walked down to the boat launching area to check out the view.  I found two storks in the water next to the boat dock....

.....and a few sea gulls.....yup, sea gulls.  This little FREE county park is basically a fishing camp for locals, and it appears that the lawns get mowed on a regular basis.  There are concrete picnic tables, fire pits, and pit toilets, as well as the boat launching ramp.....all for free, and we did not have to go through escrow to change our view......just haul anchor, drive 8 miles, and drop titles, no deeds, no property taxes, no utilities....just livin' off the grid......

 Nicely mowed lawns separate each site here

....and the park is surrounded by aspens, which must have been planted when the park was built years ago.  We spent most of the afternoon indoors as it barely hit 50° F, and there was a breeze, but it is supposed to warm up into the 70's by Thursday (60's by Wednesday), which is when we'll do some exploring.  We had a nice sunset.....

 Looking northwest

Looking southeast is often the case when I when I have my bouts of self doubt about a particular decision, this one turned out to be a good one.  After 8+ years of being a vagabond I am learning to trust my instincts, and they are more often than not right.  We love our new views, and location!  Our orientation is north/south.....we are facing south, so the sun will rise directly over our flat solar panels and replenish our electrical supply in our two 8d batteries.  At The Big Eddie we faced north and got great results.  With the sun almost at its zenith with the summer solstice fast approaching we need not tilt our panels anymore.  This is the first time we have done much boondocking in late spring and early's nice not to have to tilt the panels to get the same results.

By the way, we are currently residing in Fremont County (Idaho) where there have been just 4 confirmed Wuhan flu cases, and ZERO deaths.  Our little tribe continues to be asymptomatic, and loving our lives in rural America.

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  1. those storks look more like white pelicans...when I was in Baton Rouge a few years ago there were huge flocks of white pelicans like this

    1. Hurst, you are right....Elaine also pointed out my error. Thank you!

  2. Not sure where you're headed from your current location, but IF you end up going west on I84 there are some wonderful waterfalls to see. Shoshone Falls is in Twin and there is another one off the beaten track called Caldrin Linn. Hope you enjoy your stay in our wonderful state!!! Liz-Boise, ID

    1. Liz, we've been in Twin Falls on our travels, and loved it. Planned on being there 2 days, but ended up staying a week. Loved Shoshone Falls, and the Snake River Gorge....saw base jumpers going of the bridge

  3. Glad you're on the mend! Hope it stays that way! Beautiful area, that lake and water is gorgeous. Beautiful sunset. Yep just follow your feelings and go! :)

    1. Thank you Ken and Shirley....I'm back to my normal fun loving self.

  4. Glad your feeling better..... your location and view is beautiful!