Hiking Chocolate Gulch

After arriving in the Sawtooths and realizing both how low the snow line was and how much snowmelt was pouring down the mountains we opted to consult the rangers since our intended hikes… Continue reading

The Best of All Possible Worlds: An Epic First Day Back in the Sawtooths

Ever since we visited at the beginning of last summer I’ve been having a long distance love affair with the Sawtooth Mountains. Since I hike often (and post on the Internet about it)… Continue reading

Waterfalls and Wanderings in the Cabinet Mountains

As I mentioned in my last post, we stayed 2 weeks in Libby for our Habitat build. As usual we spent some of our time off exploring the surrounding area, in this case… Continue reading

Building with Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity , Part 1

We had an incredible 2 weeks building with Kootenai Valley Habitat in Libby. Nestled in the Cabinet Mountains in northwest Montana, Libby is a small town, but arguably has a greater-than-average need for… Continue reading

So. Much. Water. Following the Clark Fork River Northwest Into the Kootenai National Forest. Plus, Some Big Trees.

From Missoula we began our trek north with our ultimate destination being Libby, Montana. Because we spend so much time in the arid southwest we found ourselves constantly noticing all the rushing rivers,… Continue reading

Dropping in For a Day at Missoula Habitat for Humanity

I have been following Missoula Habitat for Humanity for awhile and have been continually impressed with number of community groups they recruit to work on their houses. Since us Care-a-Vanners generally work with… Continue reading

Two Hikes in the National Forests of Western Montana

The weather finally began cooperating as we headed north out of Idaho into western Montana. We took Route 93 through the magnificent gorge cut by the North Fork of the Salmon River then… Continue reading

Idaho Days

We arrived in southeast Idaho in time to hunker down for a few days of rain, snow, hail, and more rain. In mid-May. In any case we had some business to take care… Continue reading

Wind Cave Trail and the Drive up Logan Canyon to Bear Lake

A couple weeks back Tom and I had eyed Bear Lake, which straddles the Utah-Idaho border, as a possible stop. And with the late season storms having snowed in many of northern Utah’s… Continue reading

In and Around Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef is both Tom’s and mine favorite national park in Utah and since we were heading east on Scenic Byway 12 it seemed like a perfect opportunity to stop. After we found… Continue reading