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Old 08-21-2020, 09:37 AM
rcsilvmac rcsilvmac is offline
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Default Fantastic story

Great write up! I really enjoy these - thanks for taking the time to write these up.
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Old 08-21-2020, 12:15 PM
RotaVR RotaVR is offline
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WoW! Memorable trip Scott. Exciting. Thank You
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Old 08-22-2020, 09:34 PM
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I was wondering how the lodge got power, but just found a link to a local Hydro Power that has been set up.

I guess all these wilderness places have the ability to get similar set up.
By the way, much as I love the photo's of the scenery, Sammy is the total star. Great dog.

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Old 08-23-2020, 04:45 PM
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Default Great trip

Great write-up. Thanks for sharing. Backcountry Idaho is the best there is. You've motivated me to hurry up so I can fly up there. We were backpacking at Big Creek two years ago when they were still building the lodge. Jesse (I think that is her name) and her dad were building the stone fireplace. The mantel is sitting on the ground in this picture. That was a HEAVY lift.
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Old 08-24-2020, 02:33 PM
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Default Thanks Scott


Thanks so much for your inspiring writing and the photos. I have been into Johnson Creek and camped there twice which was awesome and your posts have brought back many great memories.

What camera are you using as the photos are great???

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Old 08-25-2020, 10:24 AM
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Thank you Scott for the fantastic photography and the wonderful writing!
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Old 08-25-2020, 07:42 PM
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Scott, you're killing me!

While growing up my father took me on numerous backpacking trips in the Idaho and Montana backcountry, including one memorable 10 day trip up Big Creek to Taylor Ranch and Rush Creek Point fire lookout. Many many years later I flew my newly built RV-6 into Big Creek and a few other places in Idaho for some idyllic airplane camping.

That was years ago and ever since I've longed to go back and do what you're doing but was just too busy with work and other things. Now newly retired, I've been planning to a trip similar to yours in my -6 in a week or so.

Then 10 days ago I fell on my bicycle and broke my collarbone. AAAAARGH!

So now I'm sitting in a chair taking pain pills, using my one good hand to page forlornly through Galen Hanselman's Fly Idaho and Fly the Big Sky and torturing myself looking at your pictures and writeup... ah well, my time will come, just have to wait a bit longer.
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Old 08-26-2020, 06:19 PM
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I nominate my Christian brother Scott to be the official Poet Laureate of VAF, even if he only graces us once a year.

And I nominate Sammy to be . . . something! What a great dog! I miss my own dogs.
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Old 08-26-2020, 06:20 PM
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^^Amen, brother^^
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Old 08-27-2020, 05:13 PM
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Bet trip report I have read in a long time. Thanks Scott!

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