Coming off an AMAZING road trip with the team, we knew that we had to make our next state race trip extra special. That’s why we picked Idaho as our next destination! But we weren’t alone; this time we had none other than our friends Caleb and Joe from Michigan with us! Hunter and Brendon flew into Boseman, Montana and left the airport waiting for our friends. The next town was 2 miles away and with our heavy bags we joked about hitchhiking. We thought, “how funny would it be if we actually raised our thumbs in hopes of a ride. And gosh darn it. The SECOND we lifted our thumbs, a car pulled off the road!! We were actually shocked that our luck had worked out so well. However, we jinxed ourselves when the car got back on the road as quickly as it had pulled off. Our bet is that a kind individual had decided to give us a ride when the passenger convinced them otherwise. But our optimism wasn’t out yet. We kept trying and eventually, a red pickup truck with a man and his dog decided to help us out! We had a great conversation and before we knew it we were saying goodbye and walking into the burrito shop, aka the rondevue point.
After reconnecting with Joe and Caleb, we started on our drive into Idaho. For those who don’t remember, we met Joe and Caleb during our Michigan trip, where we slept in Caleb’s barn, swung from a rope swing like Tarzan, and rode on Joe’s family’s yacht for the sunset over Lake Michigan! And if you weren’t already expecting it, this trip was no different! This time, we stayed in Joe’s close family-friend’s barn, which was really just an attachment to the house that was DEFINITELY the nicest barn we’ve ever slept in. Before that, however, we made our way to a secret hot spring that Joe claimed was one of the best sunset spots in Idaho. The entrance to the trailhead was located in a rural sort of neighborhood, and with only a couple hours to sunset, we quickly made our way up the mountain. The trail was steep, but man, Joe wasn’t kidding. It really was an incredible sight. And it appears that we weren’t the only ones who thought this. In fact, several people were already there.. some of them EXTRA COMFORTABLE, if you know what I mean?? Treating the hot spring like our own personal oasis, us and the team spent several hours relaxing in the natural waters before returning to the barn.
The next morning, our team was up bright and early to help a church set up a tent for their annual outdoor service. This task was no easy feat; there were over 15 people hammering in spikes to the ground and carrying tarps throughout the field to assemble this GIANT circus tent.
Throughout the day, we explored several unique natural landscapes, including a rope swing! Unfortunately, the water in the aquifer was dried up.. so no cannonballs today.. But our highlight of the night was definitely at the end when we attended the Salmon Idaho County Fair! Racing-horses, live music, and a petting zoo, this place had it all! Caleb and Joe even got to meet some of the riders, and with a little bit of sweet-talking and their Michigan charm, convinced the girls to give them a ride around the circuit! The night finished with swing-dancing and laughter as we returned to the barn for our flight out the next morning.