July 22, 2004
A plane ride through the mountains is a beautiful thing. Especially, when the mountains are in Idaho, and the valleys are filled with rivers. Big Rivers, like the Snake and the Salmon. Anyway, we had a fun plan ride from McCall to Hell's Canyon, up to the confluence of the Snake and the Salmon, then north to Lewsiton, then to Orofino, then to Grangeville, and then back to McCall. And in the afternoon, we took a boat ride around the Little Payette lake. It was pretty interesting, the lake was dammed up and there were standing trees that became silent column, and rotting pillars out in the midst of the lake. There are submerged stumps and trunks everywhere on one side of the lake, making for a slow boating experience. And a few days earlier I journied up to Slick Rock.
July 13, 2004
Went to McCall for the end of the weekend. We put up a new ceiling fan, which is really cool. Also, the power went out. So the sprinklers didn't exactly work right. But the Hai worked like a champ. I hooked a speaker up so when the burglar alarm goes off it tells the burglar what room they are in. "Burglar alarm, front room, motion detector tripped, sending klingon death squad..." Pretty cool. Today I went hiking up east of McCall, up to a place called Louie Lake, and then up to the top of the Mountain, Jughandle. Louie Lake is a pristine, deep-blue lake that sits at 7,004 feet beneath Jughandle Mountain. Jughandle's elevation is 8,310-foot. Which was a bit of a hike, as it took four hours to go up (since I positively had to make my own path though the bushes and rocks), and two hours to descend (down the semi-steep rock slide). Anyway, I'm really sore now.