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The Big Swirlie {Rafting the Salmon River, Stanley, Idaho}

The Big Swirlie {Rafting the Salmon River, Stanley, Idaho}

The Salmon River, which runs through the Sawtooth Mountain range in central Idaho, earns the prize as one of the best white water trips I’ve been on to date.

We hooked up with a rafting company located in Stanley, Idaho–an outpost in the middle of no where about an hour north of Sun Valley–to ride a river nicknamed the “River of No Return.”
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

Welcome to the bustling metropolis of Stanley. Gorgeous–and remote. Hope you didn’t forget anything!You won’t be getting one here!
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

Since it appeared that only our little group of four was scheduled to go out that day, we got to use a smaller, five-man raft compared to the larger (more stable) seven-man raft that we’d used on other trips when part of a larger group.

(Check out the big swirlie. Looks like a big toilet bowl in the middle of the river…)
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

Our little raft was like driving a compact car–it was faster, lighter, and had much more “reactive” handling.
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

We got tossed around, bounced up and down, and thoroughly soaked. It was awesome.
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

I’m
still not sure how we all managed to stay in the raft throughout the entire
trip…
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

But, we did.
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

Thanks to a capable river guide.
Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

Where I Roam, Salmon River, Idaho, White Water Rafting

For more information on rafting in and around the Sun Valley area, visit the Sawtooth Adventure Company website.

What has been your favorite river to raft to date? Do share!

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Ptarmigan Tunnel Hike, Glacier National Park

Ptarmigan Tunnel Hike, Glacier National Park

Our big hike this summer had us back on the Iceberg Lake Trailhead in East Glacier and hiking approximately ten miles round trip to the Ptarmigan Tunnel. Since the Iceberg Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel trails both share the same trailhead, the hike starting out feeling like deja vu, but once we passed Ptarmigan Falls and made… Continue Reading

Logan’s Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Logan’s Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Probably the most popular hike in Glacier National Park is the Logan Pass trail to the Hidden Lake overlook.  At only 3 miles round trip, it appears to be a minor investment of time and energy with huge rewards: the highest elevation on the Sun Road, hiking over snow fields (even in July!), alpine tundra,… Continue Reading

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