I’m excited for school to get out for my kids…because then we can get back to the Sawtooths and hike through some pretty country. I’m loving my backyard right now with all the irises bursting out, but it still doesn’t compare to the mountains.
These next few pictures are of hikes near Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range. The best thing about hiking these trails is that when you’re done and worn out, you just go sit on the beach and look out across the lake at the jagged peaks. It’s Heaven!
Now some pointers. You are in bear country here! So beat some rocks together to scare bear away–or to throw behind you at the bear when he’s chasing you up the mountainside. Or…just do what my kids do. They climb on a big rock every time they see one and yell out that they’re King of the World!
Bears don’t mess with Kings of the World. They hate politics.
My husband doesn’t resort to climbing on rocks to declare himself King. He just climbs on his bike to do it!
“All Hail the Boise Biking Bear Basher!”
I feel so safe as I hike with my King kids and Biker-Bear Basher husband. Who’s going to mess with me? No one (that’s who)!
Thankfully, deer still surprise us. They’re a little curious and political (unlike bears) and check out the Noisy Despots and Biking Bear Basher before hopping off to peace and quiet (which is everywhere we’re NOT).
But this is my favorite part of hiking–the end!
Yes, I love all the beautiful views and wonders I see as I hike, and I love taking pictures of my Kings and Biking Bear Basher, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE coming back to camp (or the beach) and relaxing with my book (while my husband cooks for me). Early on in our marriage, I told my husband that if he wanted me to enjoy camping, he needed to do the cooking (because I’d much rather cook indoors at home than in the wild over fire). And he has.
From being a non-camping type girl, my husband has turned me into a semi-decent camper. I enjoy camping now, and don’t mind helping with chopping vegetables or prepping meat…but I’m glad my husband loves to cook over fire. His dinners astound me! They are so drool-a-licious yummy! I can’t wait to get back to Redfish this summer and hike, eat good dutch oven meals and cobblers, and sit under a shady fir and read a book. That’s heaven!