a night stroll 9/5 – 9/7 2014

a night stroll 9/5 – 9/7 2014

 

This weekends trip was to Farragut State Park in Idaho. We would be camping in the Whitetail Loop. That loop of campsites is a bit more primitive, being that there are no hookups. I know, I can hear the inhales of fright.  Actually this year we have had more camping with hookups than in the past. We are set up for no hookups and do not mind it at all. In fact, sometimes it is even better. Well anyway, we would be parked next to some geocaching friends for the weekend. Our plan included doing a “night cache” on Saturday night. What is a night cache for you muggle friends? Oh, let me tell you that a muggle in geocaching terms means you are not a geocacher. No worries that I called you some colorful four letter word or that red headed stepchild. Where was I? Oh yeah…a night cache is just that…a geocache you search for in the evening. It needs to be dark so you can follow what it called, fire tacks. Some portions you might need your GPS. You definitely need it to get to the start point. At the end is what you seek, a cache.  So, that is the jest of it. I think you are up to speed now.

So after work on Friday We made the  hour and a half drive to the state park. We checked in and got to our site. We had our dinner then visited with our friends camped next to us and had some delicious  dump cake that they made in a dutch oven. Afterwards it was time for bed.

our campsite for the weekend.

our campsite for the weekend.

The next morning the sun rose and shed its light onto us. It would be a beautiful early fall day. We had our coffee and biscuits and gravy. We then decided to go for a hike and look for geocaches. I got the backpack on and Joanne got the two dogs that we brought on this trip ready. The other two dogs were at home keeping our oldest son company.

a little blurry, buddy, who is on the fence was excited and moving around faster than my camera.

a little blurry, buddy, who is on the fence was excited and moving around faster than my camera.

We ended up finding five geocaches and one we could not find. It was a very nice hike in the park. Farragut State Park is huge and has many miles of trails. Many more than you can hike in one day for sure. Every time we go there we find another trail we did not know about.

views abound

views abound

no really, our two dogs are with us.

no really, our two dogs are with us.

We returned to our campsite in the early afternoon. We decided we would just hang out and relax at camp. No schedule, no worries. We started a fire and kicked back in our chairs. Might have even got a cat nap in.

joanne at camp.

joanne at camp.

Later on near sunset time our friends gave us a ride down to the start point of the night cache. We were greeted by a few other geocache friends. When it got dark enough we set out for the hunt. It was a wonderful walk through the dark deep forest. I really do enjoy the night walks. Pretty safe to do with a group of people too. We found the cache, in fact we found two of them. After the first one was found there was a bonus cache to find.  We had lots of laughs and a great time. We returned to the starting point and after talking for a while at the cars, we returned to camp. Soon enough snoring was going on. No not me, I purr.

a view of pend oreille lake

a view of pend oreille lake

its dark on the trail.

its dark on the trail.

Another restful sleep in the camper.  Our bed in our camper is very nice. While sitting outside drinking coffee and having breakfast we enjoyed the mornings sunrise.

i love the light through the trees

i love the light through the trees

We packed up and said our goodbyes to our friends. We would not be heading home right away. We would be geocaching in the park and hiking around for a few hours before we left the park. We explored more new trails and found every geocache we tried looking for.

one of the many trails.

one of the many trails.

After a few hours of hiking and hunting for the caches we left the park and made our way home. Another great time in Farragut. We really do enjoy the park. I could go into so much more about the park. Like how it was a Navy base during WWII or many other great things about it. I will save that for a return trip to this great place.

 

a night stroll 9/5 – 9/7 2014

 

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