On September 30th, we headed back across the Idaho border and found ourselves in love again with this beautiful state.  McCall is a cute little town north of Boise and on Payette Lake, in the Payette National Forest.  We were surprised to pull into a spot right above the river overlooking rolling hills and the early changing colors of fall.  Best view Clyde has had since Fidalgo Bay!  We toured town the first afternoon (darling) but used most of our time to hike, enjoy the scenery, and cook a few meals at home.  On our final day we hiked the Boulder Lake Loop Trail, rated “moderate” by AllTrails but I beg to differ. Perhaps Johan is hoping to spend the rest of this year riding solo with Clyde but I actually returned alive from the 6.9 mile hike (more like 8-ish since we lost the path a few times) with 1700ft. elevation gain AND encountered bear tracks (and no other human foot prints other than our own.)  Just Johan, Kiki, and a bear hiking the Boulder Loop Trail.  Snow, rain, icicles, a little sun here and there, and a tiny river crossing…and 5 hours later we were almost whole when we returned home (we lost a key to Bonnie but held onto the the bear whistle and pepper spray.)  Plenty more to do in McCall after that, but it was time to head to the High West Distillery in Park City so we said goodbye to Idaho once again…we’ll be back.

 

 

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