We were lucky enough to be able to borrow a canoe to take with us from Will's boss, Tim. Thanks Tim! I guess working for Fish and Game pays off. We planned to leave Friday after Will was done with work, like 5:00 or 6:00 pm, but didn't end up rolling out of Boise until closer to 9:00 pm. Secretly, I think Will just likes finding camping spots in the dark. Because this happens nearly every time we go camping. But we didn't have too far to go; we drove up to the Little Payette Lake, just southeast of the bigger lake in McCall and north of Cruickshank Reservoir.
This was our view of the lake when we woke up the next morning. Pippin was a little confused when we pulled up into the wilderness in the dark, but oh I wish you could have seen his little face when he woke up in the back of the car to the sun rising. He just looked back at us like, "GUYS!" And then starred out the window in awe for a good solid hour while we slept a little more.
Here's a better view of our campsite. What a good find in the dark, right? After we got the canoe off the top of the car and had a bit of breakfast, we explored the area a bit before heading out on the lake.
The entire shore line of the lake was covered in drift wood and fallen trees. I thought it rather beautiful. And the lake was like a pine tree graveyard, with bits of old trunks still holding strong and sticking out above the water. It was actually not too difficult to slide the canoe across the deadwood to get to the water.
It was such a lovely place to explore. And of course Pippin loved it. The yorkie in him sure makes him unafraid of water; he liked running through the shallow water near the shore, and climbing over all the trees. Sadly, Scout had to sit this trip out. He's not so great at car rides and hates water.
We had a great, relaxing, fun trip. Every time we go out camping all I can think is how much I wish we could have stayed longer. This trip was no exception. I loved getting away for a bit. And Pippin sure would have been happy living on that lake forever. I'm excited to get out and do more exploring this summer, and we will sure keep this spot in mind for more camping and canoeing adventures.
Hope you all are doing wonderful this week. Let's be friends and go camping, okay? Okay.