Sixty-nine miles. Now that's my kind of driving day. We found a well cared for state park not too far from John Day, OR. There's a few things we want to check out in John Day.
We were hesitant to move on a Friday without reservations. But sometime you just gotta... "Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape" - Guy Clark.
We're definitely no longer in the mountains with its tall pine & fir trees. We found a state park on the Snake River that will do for a short visit.
Top photo: Nearby Blue Lake.
Our goal for today was to escape from the smoke that was being created by the Pioneer fire. Sadly, we had to keep moving though some absolutely beautiful areas & nice campgrounds.
The 1st campground we stopped at was a dust bowl. We thought about spending the night, but decided to push on. The next one down the road was a winner — paved road & sites. Nice!
"The decision to leave a day early from our previous campground was a wise move. We came up with a very spacious & private campsite at Scout Mountain just south of Pocatello, ID."
We're not crazy about this campground — it has a ridden hard & put up wet feel. We paid for two nights, but think we'll cut our losses & move on in the morning.
Our sort of day, only 55 miles of driving in which we moved from the desert floor up to the trees again. We're tucked in on a spacious site amongst the aspens and lodgepole pines.
Playing tourist we did a little campground reconnaissance & found this site – very spacious with a knock-out view through the Ponderosa pines. We just had to take it.
We went from hot to hot and traded spectacular views for a nice spot on the Green River. The folks next site over said it cools down pretty good at night. Hopefully they're right.
What a difference 145 miles can make. This morning we left our campsite at 9,500' elevation in the fir/aspen trees & traveled to one at 5,818' surrounded by beautiful canyons & vistas.
"We booked 318 miles so we could hook up with our friends Dawn & Jonathan. Scored the very last walk-in site in the campground. Our site, located near to a stream, has nice views."