Here I am in the Salmon Public Library with 30 minutes to write this and check my mail. Today has been a nice, warm day with the promise of more to come. When I talked to Tucker last night he was saying that it looked like we were going to have great weather for this trip. I commented that when I checked the long-range forecast for McCall, Idaho, and it called for cool temps, he reminded me that McCall is much higher in elevation than the Salmon River and it is typically 10 degrees cooler than the river. So I have lots of cool weather clothes packed that hopefully will stay at the bottom of my dry bag.
After a make-your-own waffle for breakfast at the inn, I headed to the park near the inn where I knew I could walk. Some urban development has happened in the park in Salmon and there is now a nicer walking path with 5 different fitness stations along it. So I did the loop three times, stopping to do most of the exercises. I then continued into town to check out the times for the library and look in all (most) of the shops. I spent all morning walking (except for 40 minutes when I was using the library computers and reading their newspapers) and then bought lunch at the grocery store and walked back to the inn to eat.
I was reminded about the driving laws here is Idaho as I approached my first crosswalk while out last night. Apparently if a pedestrian is waiting to cross a street at a crosswalk, all traffic is to stop, giving the pedestrian the right of way! How cool is that? And Idahoans do it!! I always have given a little thank you wave, because in Rochester, pedestrians (and bicyclists) are pretty much ignored.
Lunch on the lania of my room was excellent. Then I did some reading and knitting as the Salmon River flowed by.
Liz called me from the Boise airport to report her arrival and that her flight here was leaving at 2 PM. I imagine she will have a more pleasant flight than I did yesterday because instead of the wind howling at 25-30 mph, it is a gentle 5-10 mph.
Liz and I will grab some dinner at one of the local spots and then attend a pre-trip meeting with the trip leader and the other passengers. The trip leader will hand out our dry bags and then Liz and I can spend the rest of the evening deciding how to layer all of our stuff in the bag. Inevidibly, what I'll be looking for tomorrow afternoon will have gotten all the way to the bottom of the bag!
This will be my last entry for awhile, unless Jim decides he has something to say.
See you downstream!
Hope all is well.