Wow, did I get to see some Idaho I had never known was even there. What an amazing evening at the Lish Ranch, 20 miles up canyon roads from Pocatello, Idaho and into dry farming high country . Met people who still have the family homestead their grandfather or great grandfather started in late 1800’s. Good friends of my nephew Karson who worked for Shawn with the guys in the photos. Karole and Ken have become friends too and Ken has worked with Sadie laying tile and working out rooms in the basement for the girls. What an incredible family and I just wish I had taken a photo of beautiful wife and mother, Sadie.
We have been told any time we want to take the motor home out there and park and hook up-do it. Yeah!
You ought to double click on some of the scenes so they blow up and you can feel the country.
Living clear out of Pocatello and American Falls, mountains all around and rolling farms.
Karson’s construction boss, much loved by his young builders makes everything using great old pieces.
Views from the farmhouse
Can’t beat Idaho clouds
Can’t you just the the laundry blowing dry!
Sadie said she wanted to keep the old house close to original.
Brother in law Ken with Russ enjoying the hospitality of the hosts.
Fell in love with Shawn and Sadie’s daughters and their young friend-all have only known country living.
Makayla helped prepare the meal and is middle school girl with pop!
Shawn’s special bar b que and I did eat meat!
My wonderful nephew Karson Honas who now has a great but difficult job that uses all his education, and smarts.
Potatoes, first bacon, and keep the grease, slice the red potatoes and pour 7 Up over and cook up over a fire. Go-o-d but fattening.
My favorite cowgirl with spurs got bucked off their horse that she and her mom were riding. Dad took him out for a workout and put mom and daughter back on. A Miss Rodeo America in the making.
Vehicles parked for the evening. Unless they were neighbors just a mile away they all stayed over except us cause Russ was designated driver.
A real country kitchen of early 1900’s
Gateway to heaven in the old west!
What an incredible weekend high up above 8000 feet. Above Mackay the White Knob Mountains have old mines and ghost towns and great trails for ATVs. For those of you who want all wilderness to be only for hikers, etc. let me tell you, those of us who can no longer climb the mountains and never could have gotten deep into the wilderness, this is a heavenly way to enjoy nature. There are so many miles of wilderness in Idaho that most Idahoans have never seen, you cannot believe it when you finally have the experiences.
My sister Karole and her husband Ken, bought a toy hauler and it can sleep at least 6 comfortably. Ken’s brother and his wife Sue, have a cabin they maintain for some Utah family, so there is a cabin for them and the trailer for us on beautiful farmland and under trees. Karole and I joined the guys Saturday AM as she is the news anchor for Local News 8 in Idaho Falls and worked late Friday night.
Karole and Ken bought a Polaris Razor which is so much easier to drive on the mountain trails as it is narrow and can get onto trails with narrow gates. Also you are not sitting astride with windburns on your face. Two seats and room to put dogs and food on the back. A friend of Karole’s loaned us his razor and we were set.
We saw incredible country and views. Russ, not one to avoid heightening the adventure was driving when we hit a ground up slate trail up the side of same mountain. He really did not realize how loose the “gravel” was and we stopped in time not to slide and roll down a mountain. However, there was no way to get back onto the trail, cause the gravel just rolled away under us. Out comes the coil of steel wires on the wench, Russ climbs up the mountain and ties us to a huge pine tree, Kenny drives and after some moments we are on the trail. Meanwhile Sue on the 4wheeler ahead goes to the top, turns around and comes back to tell us the trail is not a good idea for us, so we have to figure how to back down. I drive with Russ and Sue yelling directions so that I do not slide off the mountain or ride up on the other side. Anyway Russ and I learned a lot, saw a lot and really had fun.
Weather cooler up high, but the half hour drive coming down and home at the bottom was 95 degrees of hot.
Looking for some exciting place to go-check out this website and go where very few people go. http://www.mackayidaho.com/linked%20docs/LostRiverValleyBrochure.pdf
Karole’s Masseuse Krickett’s granddaughter, in 4H riding in the parade in Arco, Idaho
Arco is near the INL (was the first atomic energy plant in America) and Arco was the first town to have electrical power from atomic energy.
Climbing up and up in razors. Did this the past two summers and love the adventure.
Karole and I, I need a cowboy hat.
Kenny built cages so all the dogs could go along. Not Shadow, she stayed in trailer.
These two trouble makers are so much fun.
Russ throwing sticks for Louie at base of slate moutain that we had trouble driving up.