Weekend In Boise National Forest

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  1. Watcher of the Woods

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    My sister in law was up from SLC for Labor Day weekend, so we decided to go do some hiking and camping. A two hour drive got us up forest service road 446. We set up the tent and left one car to "save" our spot, then set out to do some hiking.

    First of the day was Blue Lake. 1.6 miles round trip, but pretty steep. The dogs loved it and so did we. I caught my first trout of my life on my Dock Demon with a $5 spinner.

    The views were off the charts while we hiked around the lake. Definitely going to come back when it's not so busy and backpack in.

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    Then we drove to the top of Granite Peak and had a sub sandwich lunch while taking in the views.

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    Next we hiked down to Lost and Hidden lake. 4.7 miles in all. Lost lake was first. The trail was STEEP on the way down and it took us awhile.

    Lots of lily pads on Lost lake.

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    Here is myself and one of two Rainbows that I caught here. I literally cannot explain the pure joy that I experienced catching these trout. It's something that I have wanted to do for years, and I was beyond ecstatic that I accomplished it with $22 worth of rod/reel/tackle. I cannot wait to go back again. I didn't keep any to eat as we were going to keep hiking. Next time though, I'm for sure making supper out of them.

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    Next was Hidden lake. We descended a narrow and steep path down. We hung out for awhile and purified some water, then we started the arduous journey back to the top.

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    I love the contrast when the sun gets low.

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    Then we headed back to camp. My wife packed stuff for "hobo meals" which meant that we needed a fire... There was no ban in place, but I still was nervous. I gathered wood, then found an area totally sheltered from the wind. It also was 20 feet around of sand/dirt. I kept the fire low and hot, then let it burn down to coals. 25 minutes on the fire and we had some good grub. Also enjoyed a couple cold beers and relaxed our muscles. At this point I realized that I had SIGNIFICANT chaffing on my butt cheeks. NEVER in my life had I experienced anything like this. It hurt to move.

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    We all shared a long night of bathroom runs due to the excess of delicious butter in our supper, but it was all worth it lol. I cannot begin to explain the pure beauty of a night in the mountains, away from lights, when you can see countless stars. I felt so small...

    Sunrise came and I got up to enjoy some fresh coffee. We were car camping, so I had my grinder and french press. I sat in my chair looking at a forest map while I sipped the coffee and shooed away flies. Life can't get much better than this.

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    All three of us physically felt a little worse for the wear, so we came back home, put away gear, and napped. Later we went to an awesome bluegrass music festival. I'll call this a success.
     
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  3. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Great adventure. :)

    Chaffing and bathroom runs. Yup. Makes life interesting for sure. From the sound of things and the pictures, it was well worth it.:)
     
  4. oathkeeper762

    oathkeeper762 Bushbum & PT Wanderer Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Nice outing thanks for sharing.
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Yep, I'd say that was a success also lad. joe
     
  6. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Very nice!
    Thanks for sharing the adventure and photos!
     
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    Paul Caruso Being all that I am. Supporter

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    Congrats @Watcher of the Woods on your first trout. I caught my first one a few weeks ago and was over the moon.
     
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    That is a beautiful area you get to wander in. Nice report.
     
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  10. Jonah L. Archer

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    Family, fish and good food... doesn't get much better than that!
     
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    I chaffe horribly and feel your pain. I suggest getting a tin of Bag Balm or Rawleigh Petro Carbo and giving yourself a light coating of it on the backside, inside of leg and your junk before heading out. It will save your skin.

    When I was working underground mining these salve products literally saved my ass skin from falling apart and kept friction down. Any pharmacy has the Bag Balm and the Cracker Barrel restraunt carries that Petro Carbo salve. I usually take the tin of Carbo with me incase I need another dose or if I get cuts or blister or burns. It's a good thing to have along and it can save an outing or make it more enjoyable.
     
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    Beautiful area and a great trip!
     
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    Beautiful place man, thanks for sharing. By the way, you don't look old enough to drive, haha. :D
     
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    Two months ago you still couldn’t get into Lost or Hidden, to much snow! My daughter was on leave in early July so my boys, her and I were going to pack in and stay one night at each lake. Ended up having to go elsewhere. Still had a great time just as you did! Glad you got to catch some fish!
    That is awesome country!

    NORKAL
     
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    buckfynn Old Geezer Lifetime Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Great outing, beautiful country, thanks for sharing.

    Generic Vicks mentol rub does wonders for that type of chaffing.
     
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    Very nice!! We’ll be around that area in October..
     
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    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I am originally from the Mountain Home area. Seeing these photos are making me miss home. Beautiful area to kick around in. Looks like a good time! :)
     
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    I have forest envy lol . Very nice
     
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