Sunday, October 12, 2014

A lovely Fall Road-Trip to Challis

Last week, we made the drive to Challis. Although it was for a family funeral, we made the best of it & took some time to do a bit of sight-seeing.  The weather was perfect; as beautiful as the fall colors.

We took my parent's camper & stayed 2 nights: I haven't "camped" like that since I was a kid...
Both J. & I were surprised how much we enjoyed it, & agreed to do much more "glamping" in the future!  Thanks for the inspiration, Mary Jane ; )  There might even be a camper makeover coming soon...
 Our campsite at Challis HotSprings; right next to the river, with amazing views & a friendly welcome.  We enjoyed a soak in the pools after dark & explored the place the next day.

If you are in the area, I would highly recommend a stop here; the campsites were lovely with power & water.  There are the pools for soaking & showers on the grounds as well.  If you are not into "Glamping", they offer a full bed & breakfast service with lovely accommodations at the main house.

It's beyond gorgeous there--we had a great time watching the sunset by our fire, and waking up to the sound of the river was magical. 

Another stop we made along the way was Bayhorse; an old abandoned mining site.  It was built in the late 1800s and once had a population of 300.  Lots of the structures are still standing & there are many walking paths to see everything.

The old mill building is huge & was built on a steep hillside; amazing what they were able to build back then! 

There are quite a few stone structures on the site as well.

From the main town-site, there is a short trail up the creek; we made the walk & saw a deer that was hiding in the bushes to the left; we scared her & she hopped away upstream : )

At the end of the path, are these stone structures; they were actually charcoal kilns made from native stone.  Although they are fenced off now, I remember playing here as a child; it was a bit surreal to be back in the place that I grew up.  It's probably been 10 years since I have been in the area: I'm so glad we took some time to see a few of the sights--we already have plans to come back next summer with camper & 4-wheelers for some awesome hicks in the sticks fun!

On the way back, we made a quick stop at the SunBeam dam & the hot springs just up the road; we didn't have time to really explore,  but would like to come back & do the Yankee Fork loop next year.  I remember driving the loop many times as a kid; & look forward to seeing it again; more ghost towns, an old mining dredge, beautiful country & good company; what more could I ask for?  
It was a great trip & we are looking forward to more; next time we might have to take the Skwishy Cat with us, hehehehe.  Or maybe build a small chicken coup on the back of the camper for 3 small chickens, hmmmm.....Glamping with chickens I think would be marvelous!