6/12/15 Friday in Cascade, ID (Water’s Edge RV Resort-EA/$15/night)
On the road by 8:00. I-84W to US 55N, a two lane mountain highway. At least it’s the Payette River Scenic Byway, so we had lovely views along the way, with plenty of passing lanes and turnouts. We saw a lot of RVs too. John noted that going North was mostly uphill, so going South would have been easier. Hey, they both have lots of tight curves, was my thought.
In time we were in deep forest (Boise National Forest) with the white water river flowing at our side. It reminded me of Stevens Pass; John of Blewett Pass. Ah, the West. Home. The last several miles were in a lovely FLAT valley. Sweet.
As we approached Water’s Edge we couldn’t see their sign, for all the construction. We knew we needed to turn right, just before the bridge. The construction seemed to be for the bridge, so I spotted a sign that said “Leisure Time RV Park”, directing us to turn right there. We saw rigs, so we turned, unhooked, then John went to find out where Water’s Edge was. It was this park (Leisure Time was further down the road). Later, after getting settled in we walked over to that construction area, looking for the sign. It was there alright, in deep shade, between trees and behind orange blocking forms and cones. I was supremely grateful to John for his excellent driving for such a long way (79 miles of mountain road) and realizing that the construction was at the bridge, that we needed to turn where we did.
This is a beautiful place, even kind of crowded, considering that everyone must travel US 55 to get here, whether from the north or the south. The guy that came in just behind us in the office said he cam from McCall (north) and it was quite an experience. He also had been here 17 years ago so know where to turn, but hadn’t seen the sign either. Anyway, if you’re okay with the path to get here, it’s a great campground: FHU, strong 50 amps, strong cell service, tall, mature trees (no TV, sorry John), the Payette River (no public access) as part of Water’s Edge with kayaks to ride. Plus your site has a concrete pad, picnic table and fire pit. Everything is well kept: clean bathrooms, new picnic tables, new electrical box. An added bonus is the temperature, 10 degrees less than Boise/Glenn’s Ferry (south) and Lewiston (north). So comfortable. We enjoyed a nice walk around the beach as well as the rest of the campground, then read outside. Just lovely.
We did get PBS on the local antenna, so we watched the Newshour, then some taped shows, then showers and bed. Oh, we both managed naps in the midst of everything else today as well.
Thank heavens we have Saturday to rest up, because we’ll have more miles to travel Sunday (184), with none on the freeway, many in the mountains.