Wolffarmer wrote:I have been thinking about something that is not quit a gathering but more of an expedition. Just north of where I live is an undeveloped area of the Snake River Lava Plain. Much of it is the Craters of the Moon National Monument.
That is a little over night trip I made and some people showed interest in that area.
I am thinking of at least a 3 day 2 night trip. Maybe 4 day and 3 nights. Camping in different areas each night and seeing the sights.
I have been out there a lot but I will admit I am not the biggest desert rat by far.
I am thinking in June 2016. I was first thinking about May but after the past 2 weeks of rain here I decided June is a much better time to avoid rain. One does not want to be out there when it rains and you need to go places as you may not be able to go. I would like to go in May when the grass is green but the chance of rain is just to high. But can still rain in June. No guaranties.
So what I am thinking is to meet up by noon at a jump off area and caravan out there and start seeing the sights and find a place to camp. The roads are not to bad but high ground clearance is needed. No real need for 4x4 but they are nice if only for a 2 speed transfer case and to pull out stuck vehicles. Roads will be dusty, some will be rutted by people driving when it is wet. I think we will do at least 100 miles from pavement till we get back to pavement.
No services at all out there. Cell phone will be iffy in nearly all places. Will need to take all water and food with us.
No campfires at all as the grass will be dry and I have had my fill of fires for now.
For people with out high ground clearances bring your tents and ground sleeping gear. I can probably provide room for at least two people. Other people may chime in with offers for others.
I know that meeting up by noon then going out will put a lot of people in a bind. We could stay at my place the night before ( or after ) if you wish. If I can keep up the payments on my house that is.
Any takers? Discussion? I have been on most of the roads I am thinking of.
PS. Much of this will be in the Caters of the Moon National Monument but not the old section that has been developed and you have to pay to get in. Where I go there are no tolls. Don't worry it is good.
You think we can find a camp spot on Big South Butte? Probably not right on top. ( get blown away )
tony.latham wrote:You think we can find a camp spot on Big South Butte? Probably not right on top. ( get blown away )
It's been forty years and there's a lot of dust that's blown through my memory since then. I think one might be able to camp at Second Saddle –just before you cut across the forest of minature trees. I assume they never got any bigger. But that place could be/should be windy too. Maybe down at the bottom at the airstrip?
I cleaned a fence off the north side. The navy had brought some big guns out of mothball for Viet Nam. I think they were ten inchers but don't quote me on that. They railroaded the guns out to the site and fired them across the highway into the butte. The fence was to keep the cows off the target. 2200 pound projectiles. Most of them have to be still there. Inert rounds. You can still see the impact craters.
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