On July 14th, fifteen years ago, Karyn and I were married on a mountain bike trail in central Idaho. Each year we return to the area to play until we can't take any more. This is that week.
Our anniversary day began with breakfast at the Stanley Baking Company. Yes, roughing it in the wilds! Blackberry scones, oatmeal pancakes, a side of sausage, and great coffee. Mmmm! This being our fifth day of riding, we have to fuel up! From there we headed out to the Fisher Creek mountain bike trail. I featured this trail in a previous post. We had to let our breakfast settle, so we spent some time bird and flower watching at the trailhead.
After the first tight and twisty downhill section we arrived at the meadow where we were married. Karyn and I stopped to look for frogs and salamanders. No, that's not slang, we really were looking for frogs and salamanders. Get your mind out of the gutter! None here. We have had a hard time finding frogs this year. Not sure why.
The big downhill was great fun, although a recent storm had blown down a number of trees. We managed to stop before hitting any of them. It was a fun and interesting ride as we explored along the way. It could have been called the tour of the woodpeckers. In addition to the Hairy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker, we also saw both Williamson's and Red-naped Sapsuckers.
The afternoon was spent enjoying more wildlife as we continued our search for birds, frogs, and salamanders. We have found a few frogs, but we really want to find a Blotched Tiger Salamander. We read about them a few months ago while in Yellowstone. Karyn remembers seeing one a few years ago. Have been searching since to try and find one. No luck so far.
We concluded the day with dinner at the Redfish Lake Lodge overlooking the Sawtooth Mountains.