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Idaho Bucket List – Kayaking Redfish Lake


Redfish Lake, Idaho


My original plan was to take a kayak across Redfish Lake, rather than the boat shuttle, to reach the trailhead. I was told this may be too ambitious for one day. So, I had to test my theory. The following Tuesday I brought up the kayak to see how long and exhausting the paddle would be. The verdict, under perfect conditions with little wind and in September with few boats on the water, I think it’s indeed possible. Not to mention, with those crystal clear waters, beautiful.

Did you know:   In 1911 they tried to make the Sawtooth Recreation Area a national park.

In 1996 only one sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake known as Lonesome Larry.

In 2010 1,355 sockeye salmon returned to Redfish, but in 2013 only 131 salmon returned.

The little red truck with kayak on the way home

The little red truck with kayak on the way home


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The Idaho Bucket list – summiting Mt. Borah

There are many amazing adventures to be had in Idaho.  This includes hiking Mt. Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak at an elevation of 12,662 feet. It is located near Mackay, Idaho in the Lost River Range. In 1983, it had the largest earthquake ever recorded in Idaho, measuring 6.9. This hike is not an easy hike, as you climb you gain 5,000 + feet from trailhead to the summit, or top.

My friend Hannah and I had been discussing a hike up to the top of Mt. Borah all summer. Finally, yesterday we almost made it happen. We were looking great and had been climbing easily, we even got past an area called chicken out ridge, where many people turn around.

We came across a section that was a bit challenging. The ground was frozen and the small rocks over the ground were loose. Hannah had set her backpack down for a second, but she placed it in a tricky spot. Instantly, the backpack slid, then tumbled, for what felt like forever, and finally rested far, far below on the edge of the cliff. There was no rescuing that pack.

The event surprised Hannah, and without food, water, her phone and her favorite fleece, we decided it was probably best to turn around. On the way back, it was my turn to fumble; I had led us past our trekking poles that were stashed on chicken out ridge!  I turned around and climbed up the steepest section of the trail, for the second time that day, retrieved the poles, and we were on our way.

We laughed about our attempt. On the way down, we caught up with two firefighters from Pocatello. They told us we had made it past the toughest past of the trail and the place where we had decided to turn around was only about 20 minutes from the summit. Oh well, Mt. Borah, I guess you got the best of us this time, but we’ll be back!

Hannah in route (with backpack)

Hannah in route (with backpack)