FUN-travel: Idaho – Rafting Middle Fork of the Salmon River – Day 3

August 27, 2015 by  

  • After two beautifully warm days we awoke to ominous clouds hovering above. It was also substantially cooler and rain was clearly in today’s forecast. What a shame we didn’t dress for it, because as soon as we took off it started to rain. By the time we made it to our first stop we were soaked.
  • We had a good little trek (about a mile) to get to the hot springs but fairly easy as it was mostly flat. On the way we walked through a horse farm which is only one of a handful of dwellings along the river. This hot springs was more like a big hot tub because it had been reinforced with huge wood beams. It felt great to get warm!

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  • The only problem was ending up with a wet bathing suit under my clothes. The rain continued and then turned into hail as we floated down. Several of the rafts stopped along the shore and found shelter under some trees. Fortunately the hail stopped but the rain continued. Today’s “rapid treat” was Tappan Falls which had a 4’ drop.

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  • By the time we made it to camp we were chilled to the bone and shivering. We couldn’t remember a time we were ever that cold! Good news – a camp fire awaited us which we huddled by, and when our teeth stopped chattering and our clothes were only just damp, we hit the tent and donned every layer of clothing we brought.
  • And for the record, they gave us pants and a jacket that they claimed were water proof. NOT! Turned out they were water resistant and certainly not hail proof.
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Me & Mr. T

FUN-food – Tonight’s dinner (following Happy Hour) was carne asada and chicken fajitas with all the trimmings.

  • In the middle of the night I awoke to an almost full moon shining brightly in the sky.


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