Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wild & wacky weather calls for creativity, good shelter

(Image courtesy Cunyadenki)

Hi all,

I'm sure a lot of people already have their Memorial Day plans carved out, but a few may not, so I've got a few suggestions.

The weather looks pretty iffy this weekend, and the forecast looks pretty wet and unstable for at least the next 10 days (I hope I am wrong!), so I'd like to provide some suggestions that may work for this weekend and the coming weeks.

I ran across one event that's going on this weekend that sounds pretty neat -- the Sun Valley Wellness Festival at the Sun Valley Inn. It starts on Friday and runs through Monday. It's all about blending mind, body and spirt. There will be 11 movement classes touching on things like pilates, yoga and belly dancing. Jamie Lee Curtis is the keynote speaker, and Grammy winner Colbie Caillat will play in the Sun Valley Pavilion, a beautiful place to take in a concert.

Click on the links to review lodging specials recommended by the Ketchum-Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce and InIdaho for the Wellness Festival.

On Saturday, general fishing season opens in Idaho. Check out this brief article in the Statesman that talks about how to find family friendly fishing waters and other details. The rivers and creeks will be roaring with high water, so you might try taking your kids to a pond.

Chinook salmon season is open on the Salmon and Snake rivers. People are catching lots of fish already! Catching a chinook salmon may be just as thrilling as catching a steelhead, if not more so. Click on this web site to get information on outfitters, hotels and fishing in Riggins. The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association also has a good listing of outfitters who fish for chinook.

If you'd like to get out of town, but you'd like to stay dry, you might look for hot deals for a cabin or condo rental in McCall. The Woodsman Hotel is offering queen rooms for only $39/night (sorry, doesn't include holidays) during slack season. Visit the McCall Chamber for information about what to do and see when you're in McCall.

Pssst ... if you've ever thought about buying a second home in Cascade or McCall, the pricing for homes and cabins has declined to the point where a ton of properties are affordable today that weren't affordable two years ago. You'll be amazed! Contact my friend Steve Jones for more information about second homes in McCall.

Another option is to book a Forest Service cabin in the Boise National Forest or other national forests you like to visit. I particularly like the Forest Service cabins in the Middle Fork of the Boise River area, Middle Fork Payette area (Boiling Springs cabin), the North Fork of the Boise River or near Bear Valley. Some names include Beaver Creek Cabin, Barber Flat, Deer Park and Elk Creek Cabin. Click here for more information.

Or, you might want to reserve a yurt near Idaho City in the Park 'n Ski area and go hiking or biking near the yurt. The snow is slowly receding at 6,000-foot elevation, and many of the roads and trails are getting clear. You can choose from at least three different yurts in that area including Skyline, Banner Ridge and Elkhorn. Click here for web site information on how to make reservations.

If you do go camping, be sure to take a good tarp this weekend. Boise Army Navy and D&B Supply are two places that carry heavy-duty tarps that should keep you dry.

- SS