Not a lot to report about the trip from Peck, up Highway 12, over Lolo Pass except to say that it was a beautiful drive and, as mountain passes go, very easy.
Just over the pass, we stopped at the Powell Creek USFS Campground for the night. This was the only campground we’d seen that hadn’t already been closed for the winter. And even this one was in winter mode which means the flush toilet bathrooms were closed. But the vault toilets were, as usual for the USFS, clean and well-maintained. And the prices! This is one of the few USFS campgrounds we’ve seen where electricity is offered. During the winter, an electric site is $8 and a non-electric is $5. With my senior pass that’s $4 and $2.50 respectively. So, let’s see… $1.50 for electricity with which we can charge everything up and run the electric space heater instead of burning propane. And run the fridge on electricity as well, saving even more propane. Hmmmm….. what to do? It was a no-brainer: fork over the four bucks. What a sweet deal.
It was raining a little when we got here and it rained pretty steadily the rest of the evening and all night long. Found our first leak. It’s coming from the roof somewhere and dripping out through one of the overhead cupboards. I’ve got a towel up there now and we’ll get some roof seal stuff when we hit an RV store and then do a re-coat when we’re someplace warm and dry enough to do it right. Just because the leak is coming out in the cupboard does not mean that it’s leaking right above that spot. Easier to just re-coat the whole roof than to try to track down the source of the leak. What with the rain, we haven’t seen too much of this campground. There’s a pretty cool-looking little village of rental cabins with a store and a gas station at the same turn-off as the campground in case you’re looking for a neat place to go someday.
Today we’re off to Missoula to pick up our Sirius XM docking station/speaker box at Best Buy. Then we’ll venture a bit further east before turning right and heading down towards Yellowstone. The original plan was to go to Glacier NP first but it’s getting too freakin’ cold up there. Decide we wanted to visit in good weather and when the Going To The Sun road is open, which it’s not right now. So, we’ll either hit it on our way back to Oregon next summer or on our way back to Mexico after our Oregon visit.
Kayler’s Bend (Peck) Idaho to Powell Creek CG, Idaho: 128 miles
Total To-Date: 1797 miles (53 miles/day……..Yikes! We’re flying!)