Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fun Vacation Times in Idaho

My family and I just got back from a camping vacation in the Sawtooth National Forest where we fished, hiked, rode dual sport motorcycles, and then collapsed into camp chairs after having so much fun over the fourth of July weekend. Our son, Seb, stopped long enough for me to get a good photo of him.

As we drove along, we noticed that our favorite fishing spots were quite busy, in fact in some areas it was combat fishing with four or five people standing close together. I guess the word is out about how nice the fishing is on the Salmon River!

Early in the morning, my husband and I enjoyed listening to the birds while hearing the water flowing in the background, and watching the sun come up while sipping our French pressed coffee. Bliss.

I took along a backpack filled with fiber to spin and my favorite hand spindles, so I had plenty to play with.

 I was spinning Cormo wool and kid mohair that I had dyed using bright blue and turquoise dyes which was then blended on hand cards into rolags.

 I was also working with Corriedale blended with alpaca on my hand cards that I had dyed using spring green, cheery yellow, and a soft plum. The Corriedale is soft and springy to work with-

We rode our dual sport motorcycles for hours down a forest service road that followed a small stream.

 As we rode along the road got progressively narrower and rougher as we climbed altitude. I did my first water crossing which was a hoot.

The views were outstanding from the mountains around us to the wildflowers that covered the surrounding hills.

It was a great vacation that we look forward to every summer. I think these photos sum up our feelings quite well :-)

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,


  1. Loved seeing you 'spinning in the woods'! That's great. Your pictures are awesome. You made so many nice memories. I can see why you return there each year.

  2. Que lugar fantástico! Muito lindo! Que delicia esta viagem de férias!
    Aumentei as fotos para ver os detalhes.
    What a fantastic place! Very beautiful! What a delight this holiday trip!
    Enhanced the photo to see the details.

  3. What a beautiful landscape! Love your blue turquoise dyes!

  4. Such breath taking and beautiful country. Looks like you had such a good get away, bet it was hard to pack up and come home. No fishing for me this year till my knee is healed and more steady. I sure miss it. Hugs!!

  5. Now that is my kind of vacation , wonderful photos of a wonderful adventure , thanks fir sharing :-)

  6. What a wonderful place, I can see why you like going there! Is it far off the beaten track?

  7. You look so relaxed. Beautiful scenery.

  8. You must have been in The Basin over the fourth of July - it was crazy busy! Nice to find a quiet stretch of river or stream to get away from it all. My favorite!

  9. Hello Judy, I read your post yesterday but my computer would not let me see your photos! So happy I could see them today. What a fun trip. Hope you enjoy the weekend.

  10. What a great trip Judy and lovely photographs. I always love to see your spinning - will you knit or weave with these? xx

  11. I love seeing the areas you visit. Such beautiful scenery. You are really making the most of summer. It's great that you can take your spinning with you on your camping trips, those yarns are gorgeous.

  12. I love to camp.
    Those mountains are awesome. Great idea to take some spinning along to work on while sitting around the campfire.


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