June 9, 2020
After eating breakfast we drove 40 minutes up the canyon to Challis. We ended up spending about 2 hours parked at the church using the internet to update the blog, and Eva was on the phone with Verizon trying to decide if we would change our cell plan.
Before leaving Challis we gassed up and stopped at the grocery store for a few things. We then headed west on highway 75. This was another beautiful highway following the Salmon River up to Stanley, ID. From Stanley we continued west over the mountains into the Boise National Forest. We found a campsite at the Bonneville Campground for $7.50/night.
The campground was pretty nice with a lot of space between the sites. The best part were some very nice hot springs just 1/4 miles from the campground. These hot springs were on the banks of the Payette River and were very hot.
After setting up camp we hiked over the hot springs. The water flows from several places on the mountainside and is probably > 180 degrees. High on the hill it was too hot to touch. Most of the water flows down a short waterfall down to a series of pools that are spaced down the river bottoms. The upper pools were too hot to get into, but someone told us that the previous day they were a very pleasant temperature, so it must change day to day.
We found a nice pool where the hot water and cold river water mixed to make a nice spot that was about hot tub temperature.
We were never alone, but it was nowhere near as crowded as yesterday’s hot springs.
After soaking in the pools, we hiked back to camp and Eva made some chicken and pasta for dinner in the Instapot. It was very good. It was a mild night so we cooked and ate outside.