About 15 miles beyond O'Brien is the town of Stanley, population 63. The upper picture is from their main street looking towards the Sawtooth range. The lower picture is a cabin right on the main street that we believe is a rental. Note the stacked firewood protecting the entrance. Stanley is a hub for river rafting with a number of companies close by. It is also a center for some serious hiking and wilderness backpacking with miles and miles of trails all over. This weekend it is a center for a relay walk,race from Stanley to Ketchum, 61 miles.
This log cabin is a rental at Redfish Lodge. It also is right at the beach. There are a number of others away from the beach. The lower picture is a panorama from the beach. Hard to see but there are paddle boarders, kayakers, and sailboaters on the lake.
A little over two miles up the trees open up to this meadow at the beginning of the Sawtooth Wilderness. Jan and I agree that this picture does not do justice to the beauty of this view.
The weekend came and we wanted to stay in this wonderful area a little longer. The campgrounds around Redfish Lake are reservable and all full. The hosts indicate that these are the top three campgrounds in the national reservation system. So we head a few miles out to Sunny Gulch which is a nonreservable campground with a lot of open sites. It too will fill up on the weekend due to the Sawtooth Relay Sawtooth Relay. It seems each team has six members and they do the relay in legs. There are 12 legs in the relay and you need to remember that it starts around 6500 foot elevation and one leg climbs about 1300 feet to Galena Pass at around 8700 feet. I would not volunteer for that leg!!!!!
As a note, there was a group of sites with the relay that met next to ours. It became obvious that this was a church group. There were about 20 plus with adults and children. They met for meals and singing with four guitar players. They all seemed to have a great time. It reminded us so much of the United Parish group from way back.
No, this is not Lady Blue( see above). This unit belongs to our campground host. A great guy who chatted with us a number of times. We are adding this picture of his unit to show what is possible for those who wish to fulltime. This Dodge motorhome is 40 years old(do you know anything that old????) He indicated that the motor and drivetrain are in excellent shape. Little by little he is adding some solar panels, new, lighter tanks. and some other changes. He paid about $1500 for it. He drives it from Texas to Idaho and in between.
This sign above is close to Galena Pass. Looking back down the valley we can see Route 75 as it heads up here( double click on the picture to enlarge). Also , we can see how the Salmon River begins here as it flows for 425 miles, drains 14,000 square miles, and drops more than 7,000 feet in elevation.It joins the Snake River which joins the Columbia which then flows to the Pacific Ocean. Wow!!