Sweet Summer Memories

.Rafting, Salmon River, IdahoSlim Paley

Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

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I‘m baaaack

and keeping Summer Hours

as you may have noticed  :)

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Salmon River , IdahoSlim Paley photo

But I’m all in one piece,

and had the most brilliant time

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Osa Johnson book

My Survival Kit remains sealed

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We traveled over the majestic Sawtooth Mountains into Idaho’s River of No Return Wilderness area.

 At one point (by land, not water) we actually crossed the spot where Lewis & Clark decided to turn back.

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Ya, we did.

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The Middle Fork of the Salmon River has many moods…

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.on the river in IdahoSlim Paley photo

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All equally beautiful

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River’s edge in Idaho is no slouch either

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Our camp in the middle of paradise

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Snakes were wrestled

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roasted marshmallows

Giant marshmallows  slaughtered

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Waterfalls conquered.

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Ahhnd… then we ate cake :)

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We definitely communed with Nature,

however I’ll spare you “Le Groover Chronicles”

Suffice it to say that old friendships were cemented and new ones quickly forged.

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One day we came upon the deserted lodgings of an infamous Middle Fork River hermit.  With only a dog for company, he lived in this 8 X 8 structure for over 35 years, traveling to town just once a year for not much more than bullets, flour and salt.

 I really couldn’t have imagined we had anything in common…

until I heard he also hoarded  magazines.

Of course he used his to pack the spaces between the logs of his house as he had an extreme aversion to rats.

Odd lifestyle choice, considering.

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Hiking the river, IdahoSlim Paley

Speaking of packing… all in all I think I did pretty well- though in retrospect 4 hats and 3 books may have been a wee bit excessive.

A decent sized mirror would have been a much better choice.

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Party over :(

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.Great portable campaign chair

.I live to glamp another day.

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Oh, PS.

I just realized this is my 301st post!

That means I’ve been blogging for just over two years now.

What a wonderful Blogmance it’s been- who could have predicted it would last this long?

  Thank you so very much for all the memories and for never cheating on me…

Uh…We have been faithful, haven’t we??!

xxx

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PPS.  For the most incredible rafting adventure you could ever wish for please visit:

 Far & Away Adventures

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White Water Glafting

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Thanks so much again to all of you who contributed book suggestions to the previous post. I’m really looking forward to going over all your comments again and compiling a list when I get home.

In the meantime,

I’m off White Water Glafting for a few days.  You heard me.

Glafting is the new Glamping.

 Sure, I know what you’re thinking…Slim- you don’t strike me as the sporty type, but believe it or not, I live for danger.

 Besides, I’ve done this before, although the river wasn’t as high the last time

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and the apparel ante has been seriously UPPED on this trip…

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Resulting in some agonizing chapeau editing

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Love these OMO nylon pants, but $1,700??

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The adventure includes yoga, fishing, great food and drink, and most importantly, a glamorous toilet (nicknamed “The Groover”) precedes the party to each campsite.

 Happiness is a well guarded Groover :)

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Nothing like a friendly game of Bananagrams after a day battling the elements

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Did I mention the river is high where we’re going??

We’ve been told hiking alongside the river is also an option,

however the concern that lunch will be devoured by the Rafters before the Hikers arrive at camp has already crossed my mind.

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So just in case, I’m bringing giant marshmallows for fireside toasting

The days are warm but the nights are still cold

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Have you seen these? They’re about 3 times the size of regular marshmallows- Now that’s my idea of multi-tasking.

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So off I go into the wild blue yonder

Wish me luck & I’ll

See you in a few days.

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No “Deliverance” jokes please :)

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