It's the end of May, which meant the arrival of Memorial Day, the un-official start of the summer vacation-season!
It was a beautiful weekend and we decided to make a start with our Idaho 'bucket-list', aka things we want to see while we're in this neck of the woods.
Since we also wanted to play some golf, we went for a destination close to Grangeville, and choose to drive down into the corridor of the South Fork of the Clearwater River.
The river was swollen with snow melt-off and roared down the canyon .. we could barely hear each other!
That's me there on that rock. It reminded my mom of the Lorelei at the Rhine River in Germany. I wasn't singing though (probably a good thing)!
The road twists it's way along the river through rocky hills and outcroppings, all the way to Elk City ..
We didn't go that far though, since, although beautiful, the scenery really didn't change much along the way, so when we arrived at the (ghost) town of Golden (don't blink) we decided to turn around and head back.
There are quite a number of (National Forest) campgrounds along this road, but only about half of them were open due to the Corona virus.
I guess they don't want too many people flooding the area just yet.
We made a short stop at one of them and walked up to the water's edge, where we spooked a couple of Canadian Geese and their babies into the water ..
All in all a pleasant drive, although nothing too spectacular. I guess we are spoiled!
We had lunch at the Mexican restaurant in town. Yes. Inside. No restrictions. No masks. No nothing.
Virus? What virus?
The Canola fields around Grangeville are flowering at the moment, that yellow really packs a punch!
It's also time for the Camas Lilies (where the Camas Prarie here gets his name from) to bloom ..
|Do you see what I see?|
Due to the nice weather, we were able once again to have our 'traditional' Memorial Day BBQ outside:
We'd kept it simple with some hamburgers, potato salad and corn ..
Merlin couldn't wait to get his share, I think he sat on that table for over half an hour before it was even ready!
He's not getting any corn anymore though, last time he got some (at Cinco de Mayo), his blood-sugars went sky-high!
As long as he gets something, he's a happy camper!
In the meantime work on the house is at a stage where the drywall could be going in, but we need a metal (water-proof) roof first.
And although we finally have a decision on color and material, and the order has been made, it appears the machine that cuts the sheets is down and won't be repaired for another 2 weeks!
Bummer, always something!
Oh well, James is creating 'other' work for the guys now, and they are going to make a start with the mantel and fireplace.
Fortunately, we're down to 2 workers right now, since Austin is working for Miriam at the moment, one of Sam's 'partners'.
Sam had been looking for a caretaker for the property for some time now and James recommended he'll give the job to Austin. They've all agreed and he'll be moving into the 'old' house this coming weekend.
He's getting a sweet deal as a barter; a house with utilities paid, use of the truck (gas included) and the ATV, and a salary for the maintenance work he'll do on the property/houses, barns, tools and vehicles! When needed he'll also work for the 'girls', helping with the cows, spraying the fields, etc.
Needless to say he's excited! (I would be too)
And look! The new water-heater has arrived! All new and shiny!
It's half installed right now since James busted an (old, plastic) valve while working on it .. hopefully he'll get it done this weekend.
It will be nice to have warm water again!
OK, another blog done. Another week behind us.
Life goes on .. despite broken valves .. missing roofs .. broken down machines .. and, oh yeah, Covid 19 ..
I guess we'll see in 2 weeks from now, if this busy memorial weekend has had some effect on spreading the virus or not!