Thursday, 31 July 2014

Day 66: McCall ID

McCall is a small town in the heart of Idaho, near lake Payette and the mountains. It feels like Queenstown to us.
Come and find out a little about life here.
In the garden is a huge rock with corn grinding holes which would have been used by Nez Perce women centuries ago.
We head off to the Ridleys supermarket.
I don't believe Joe when he tells me that I can buy a gun at the supermarket.
Sure enough.
Inside the supermarket there is an Outfitters department with hunting and fishing gear, including guns.
Meet Mike, a lovely gentleman.
When we tell Mike that we are from New Zealand he said, "You lost your rights a long time ago."
I ply him with many questions about how gun ownership works in the US. "Can I buy a gun today?"
He tells me "an armed society is a polite society."
Gun ownership in Idaho is a human right.
Semi automatics.
I could shoot as many bullets as my finger can press the trigger until the magazine is empty. A magazine holds forty bullets.
The pink camouflage catches my eye. I could have it for $529.99 today- providing I get the gun clearance which Mike can deal with online.
Mind you, I'd have trouble fitting it in my motorcycle jacket pocket or in a pannier.
My photographer got a bit nervous for the next two photos.
The 357 Magnum is very heavy. Lovely metal work. I guess Clint Eastwood thought so in the film Dirty Harry.
The little pink derringer 38 special fits in the palm of my hand so it would easily fit in my motorcycle jacket. It is quite heavy for its size.
So, I could buy a rifle today (if my profile gets the OK) but I can't buy a handgun unless I am an Idaho resident for six months.
However, I do know some Idaho residents...
Children's rifles. Pink for girls.
We leave the gun department and the men choose a watermelon. So much safer, don't you think?
Everything is super sized in the supermarket.
26ounce cups.
Idaho is famous for its potatoes. The Burbank russet potato developed developed by Mr Simplot here in Idaho is used by McDonalds throughout the USA.
We call in to Dave Clutter Morocycle centre and drop Dick's bike off to get a new rear tyre.
Dave is a motorcycle MacGyver.
Let's go and enjoy a slice of paradise.
Joe and Anne take us for a visit with their friends Robyn and Don who have a family holiday house on the shores of Lake Payette.
Robyn skippers the party boat and takes us for a cruise around the lake.
Across the bay some of the family young ones are on the rocks
There are lovely homes scattered around the shore.
Elly comes along, too. She adores Anne. It is reciprocal.
Huckleberries in profusion.
Orlanda looks so good that Joe is ready to ride...
Dave and Sheila operate the coolest bike service shop we have encountered.
It's the first time I have seen Dick hug someone at a Motorcycle workshop.
A glorious end to another lovely day in McCall, Idaho.


Day 65: McCall ID to Yellow Pine ID

We are having two days in McCall.We are thrilled to be with Anne and Joe at their northern hemisphere home in McCall; and to be sharing our visit with Mark 'Radioman' Donham.

We are all going on a road trip to Yellow Pine, a very isolated village in the back country . The 80km journey from McCall follows the Lick and Salmon rivers on gravel roads.

We are going to meet some characters.

We stop occasionally along the way

There has been a huge forest fire in the valley. The granite hills are exposed.

Elly has come along for the ride. She is a very clever collie/blue heeled cross. She has us all trained, especially Anne.
We arrive at Yellow Pine and settle in for a late lunch.
Joe was hoping to meet up with a local who he has played golf with in McCall.
As luck would have it Barry Bryant came in to have lunch. A happy reunion.
Barry and his wife have a house on Stewart Island, New Zealand.
We learned a little about outfitting and guiding in the area. Barry is an enthusiastic hunter, pilot and outdoors person.
Meet Don. He told me he came to this area when he was a teenager 45 years ago. He lives in a walled tent year round. He grows his own potatoes and gets food in town and from his hunting.

He has been collecting morels in the forest and had come into town to sell some dried morels.

$10 an ounce is the going rate - that is worth smiling about.

Quirky wood carvings...
A golf course among the trees..
Fireweed to remind us of our time in Alaska.

We head home via another route.
We encounter a fallen tree which is too heavy for our strong men.

There is a solution.

Clouds are gathering as we return to McCall.
Humming birds are well treated here...
...and so are we!
A memorable day.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Day64: Hamilton MO to McCall ID


We set off early this morning.
We have an extra special destination today.
We ride over the Lolo Pass through extensively burned forests.
In 1804 Lewis and Clark and their guides walked through these Bitterroot Mountains on their expedition to and from the Pacific Coast.
First stop is Lolo.

Kevin and Bill Idaho bikers waiting for coffee at Lolo.

Meet Olga and Brian who live in the wilderness. Brian is an artist and makes kaleidoscopes. We had an other worldly conversation about life here and synaethesia. They are attending...
The Shanty moon festival combined with an Alien Abduction Festival. Electronic music and laser art. It is 8.00am and music is wafting across to the store.
We are riding alongside the Lochsa river. It is very cool-hovering around 50degF
The valley widens and the temperature rises 20degF at Kooskia...

Where we meet David who is on a ride from Oregon.
Lily is cooking western hash browns for Dick's lunch.
First peel and parboil baking potatoes. Cool and grate them.
Sauté chopped onions, capsicum and ham.
Sauté the grated potatoes until brown, turn and top with the sautéed onion mixture.
Top with grated cheese and cover for a few minutes.
Lift the lid and squirt some water onto the griddle and replace the lid.

Turning my hot cake.

Mary with the western hash browns - enough food for four people.

And a hot cake for me. It is a huge pancake served with butter and syrup.

We set off down the Salmon river

There are rafters and swimmers out on the river.

The landscape reminds us of Central Otago.

We arrive at the global headquarters of the Shallow Thinking Institute in McCall, Idaho.

We are so glad to be here with our friends and founders of the Institute Anne and Joe.

Take a peek at my Come, Walk with me blog and you will read about my walks with Anne in Queenstown on the 45th parallel South.

Within the hour Radioman, our friend Mark arrives.

We head off to Lake Payette for a swim.
There are ripe huckleberries under the trees. Anne and I go foraging huckleberries.
While Joe, Mark and Dick catch up.