Once again it's time for winter camping on the Salmon River here in Idaho at White Bird.
The views are always stunning.
But there is a profound sadness this year, as we lost a dear camping friend just a week before our meetup. My heart is very heavy but I am fortunate that we camped together a lot and just recently. I will miss her terribly.
I am grabbing all the camping days I can before November 1st. I'll be taking Ms. Magnolia, my Bigfoot, down to White Bird for the winter.
It's not that I won't be camping but I am trying to take advantage of Washington's State Parks Off Season Senior Pass before I head to Idaho. What's not to like about $10 a night camping with electricity (no water, usually)?
Heading out today for 4 nights, two by the Spokane River (close to the grands) and two at Alta Lake up North. Never been there so it's another adventure.
Off to get a few more road miles under my belt before the snow flies.
Fall leaves are turning and our weather is getting cold. It just makes me want to hang on to every bit of the out-of-doors I can. I've been camping a few days a week for awhile now....trying to grab it all. Off again next week for four more days. And then Ms. Magnolia will be off for the winter at White Bird, Idaho.
I am trying to rework my blog, so hopefully I can make some positive changes soon. I am using my iphone for a camera and still haven't been able to downloaded all the pictures. And I want an Apple computer? Hummm...let me think on that.
This started out as a Super Simple Sunday post but I remembered I had to repair my Bargman lock on my 1969 Shasta, so she could get into storage today. I haven't been able to lock it all the time since last Spring. And on my last trip out about two weeks ago, I wasn't able to lock her at all!
Last time I had a problem with it a few years ago, I couldn't unlock it. I took it all apart with instructions from youtube and successfully repaired it. Bent shaft, cheap pot metal. This time I started there and ended up finding a post that had lots of pictures of the guts so I could check everything out carefully.
It came down to a little ball bearing that was missing....can you believe that? And it was a total of 20 cents for the part! She works great now. I am so thrilled I didn't have to try and find another one, last time I looked they were selling for over $400! Mine isn't all shiny and new but she's been siliconed and is working great.
Ran out of time to get her to storage but she's ready now and headed there tomorrow....guess this could have been considered as a super simple job...on a Sunday.