Heavenly Hell

CAMPGROUND: Riverside RV Park. Private, small (20 sites) park right on the Salmon River. Nice, level gravel sites, half on the river side (like ours!) Full hook-ups. Wifi and cable. Beautiful landscaping. No bathrooms! $30/night. No credit cards – we reserved our site by sending a personal check. 4 stars out of 5. (would be 5 if there was at least a pit toilet)

LOCATION: Riggins, Idaho – in west central part of state – on border of Oregon.

WEATHER: Hot! After all, this is Hell’s Canyon. High 103

We had a nice, slow start to our last day at Winchester Lake State Park. We hiked around the campground to different areas of the lake. We said a fond farewell to this nice campground.

We had a short drive today, but boy, was it impactful! First we drove through miles of farmland. The seed company had kindly placed signs in front of the fields identifying the crops…..lots of different kinds of wheat and oats, plus barley, lentils and garbanzo beans.

Then, the landscape changed and we descended into a huge canyon. We drove 8 miles almost straight down. The signs kept saying “Grade steepens”. There were lots of runaway truck paths. It was quite scary.

As we neared Riggins, we started seeing lots of people rafting on the Salmon River.

Riggins is a small town of about 400 but explodes with tourists during the summer – fishermen and river rafters. We will explore it tomorrow.

We found our campground, right by the river, and our site – right ON the river. We really hit the jackpot!

It was hot in the afternoon (103) but there was a nice breeze along the river. Our site even has its own steps down to the river. We climbed down and stuck our toes in the river to cool off.

The breeze died down and the heat really set in, so we moved indoors. I just love our air conditioners!!!!

DINNER: Leftover fish from our picnic lunch yesterday. George used the gas grill to heat up the fish and we poured Jack’s cilantro/mango sauce over it. I think it was even better today since the flavors had been melding all day. Side was a veg stir-fry. Yum!

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