Thursday, February 2, 2023

Bogus Basin guided snowshoe nature tours and seven other worthy snowshoe destinations

My son Drew and I go snowshoeing frequently. 
This photo was taken at Bear Basin in McCall. 

Hi all,

My regular readers know that I like to enjoy the winter in many different ways, using different modes of transportation, including alpine skiing, xc skiing, backcountry skiing, snow biking and snowshoeing. 

This week, for my outdoor tip of the week, I'd like to recommend a number of worthy locations to go snowshoeing. I'll lead off with guided snowshoe nature tours being offered by Bogus Basin on Saturdays and Sundays this winter. They've got tours going out on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and then again at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon on both days. 

Ray Vizgirdas talks about nature with snowshoers at Bogus. 
(photo courtesy Bogus Basin) 

The nature tours are led by Ray Vizgirdas, a wildlife biologist, who has worked for state and federal natural resources agencies for 30+ years. The theme this weekend is all about winter animal tracks. 

The tours last 1.5 hours. Inquire with dirk@bogusbasin.org to check on availability. Private and group tours are available. Maximum 12 people per tour. They may have openings for next weekend, Feb. 11-12. The cost is $40 for full package of snowshoe rentals, trail pass and guided trip, $20 for just the tour if you have your own snowshoes and a Nordic trail pass.   

Snowshoe/ski trail going from Beaver Creek Trailhead
to the Stargaze Yurt. 

The snowshoe tours are "a great intro into the world of winter recreation while you learn a little about the flora & fauna that call Bogus Basin home," the Bogus Basin web site says. "Perfect for those new to the area or anyone interested in learning a little more about Bogus Basin and the mountain ecosystem."       

Seems like the snowshoe tours would be a good way to become acquainted with Bogus Basin's snowshoe trails and learn about nature. Great combo! Trips like these should work for just about anyone ... if you know how to walk, you can snowshoe. 

Check out these other snowshoeing destinations: 

  • Freddy's Stack Rock Trail over to Stack Rock from Bogus Basin Road. See Ridge to Rivers interactive map. There's a large pullout on the right side of the Bogus Basin Road at about mile 10 where you can park and access the trail. 
  • Charcoal Gulch - Idaho City. The trailhead is adjacent to the Idaho City Airport. Self-guided adventure in ungroomed trail. 
  • More's Creek Summit. Climb to Sunset Lookout or Pilot Peak on snowmobile-packed or skier packed snow roads. Sunset is 5 miles one-way. Pilot Peak is 3 miles and change. 
  • Idaho City Park and Ski Areas. Keep going past More's Creek Summit on Idaho 21 to the Gold Fork, Whoop Em Up, Banner Ridge or Beaver Creek parking areas. I would recommend Gold Fork, Whoop Em Up, Banner Ridge and Beaver Creek as great destinations for snowshoeing. Go to the IDPR Park and Ski web site for maps and more information.
  • Crown Point Trail in Cascade. 3 miles out, 6 miles out and back. Trailhead located near Lake Cascade just outside of the town of Cascade.  

    Here's Drew snowshoeing in Ponderosa Park 
    on a powder day. 

  • Ponderosa State Park - McCall. Multiple snowshoe trails are available at Ponderosa ... one of the most scenic parks in Idaho. 
  • Bear Basin - McCall. Trailhead is on the north side of ID 55 on the way to the Little Ski Hill. There are multiple snowshoe trails to explore. 
There you have it! 
- SS 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Shoofly Oolites - A Geologic Wonderland in the Owyhee Canyonlands!

The author poses for a pic at the Shoofly Oolites. (courtesy Steve Schaps)

Guest Column
By Steve Schaps

The Shoofly Oolites are a geologic wonderland located about 60 miles southeast from Boise near Grand View, Idaho, at the foot of the Owyhee Canyonlands.

This location is probably the closest you can come to hiking on the surface of Mars. The hike is 1-3 miles in length. 

It is both dog friendly and kid friendly, so you can bring either one or both. This is a great place to bring kids or grandchildren. It’s about an hour’s drive from Boise, and a far less snowy or icy drive than if you were heading to the mountains to the north.

One of the main reasons to visit the Shoofly Oolites is the educational opportunity for kids and adults to learn about this geologic wonderland.


Oolites, known as “Egg Rocks,” are rocks made up of small round calcium carbonate deposits (not sand), which look like tiny BB-sized eggs. The Shoofly Oolites are one of the largest outcrops of Oolites in North America and possibly the largest freshwater Oolite accumulations on earth.

These Oolites were deposited in beach/shoal environments along the sides of ancient Lake Idaho around 2-5 million years ago in the Pliocene Era. Lake Idaho was in a large closed basin like the Great Salt Lake is today. It stretched from Eastern Oregon across most of the Snake River Plain, from Boise to the foothills of the Owyhee Mountains.

Most of the Treasure Valley’s groundwater and farm fields are in Lake Idaho deposits. It’s one of the reasons that the area has such abundant groundwater and agricultural resources.

Courtesy Steve Schaps 

The Shoofly Oolites are unusually thick, very homogeneous, and create an interesting area for a hike and geologic field trip. You can take home a few pieces of Oolite rocks, if you like. Bring a big. They are a bit crumbly.

The Oolite road-side stop is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It includes a few educational interpretive signs and a parking area.

There are lots of weird and interesting rock formations to see. The kids love this part … there are all kinds of caves, holes, arches and bathtub features to explore. A game of hide and seek, anyone?   

The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology will be leading a geologic field trip to the Shoofly Oolites on April 16. Go to https://www.idahomuseum.org/ for more information.

There’s also a historic cemetery located one-half mile up the road that you can also explore.

How to get there:

·      Take I-84 east toward Mountain Home

·      Go right at Exit 74, Simco Road.

·      Follow Simco Road south for about 20 miles.

·      Turn right on Idaho Highway 167 and follow that to Grand View. Stock up on gas or any supplies at the Grand View quick stop.

·      Go left on Highway 78 and go east for about 2 miles to a Y-junction.

·      Veer right on Mud Flat Road, the Owyhee Backcountry Byway, a paved road to begin with, and follow that for about 9.5 miles. The Oolite BLM site is on the right. GPS coordinates are 42.837128/-116.121980.

Courtesy Steve Schaps 


Steve Schaps has a bachelor's and master's degree in Geoscience. He worked for over 30 years as a geophysicist in Houston, Texas. He's retired now. He's lived in Idaho for six years. Steve is also a volunteer at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Have you reserved a backcountry yurt yet? How about river permits? Campgrounds for next summer?

Great views of the Boulder Mountains, north of Ketchum, can be seen from the Tornak Hut,
owned and operated by Sun Valley Trekking.   

Hi all, 

The deadline is drawing near for the Four Rivers Lottery if you'd like to try to draw a permit to run the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Main Salmon - River of No Return wilderness section, Selway River or Hells Canyon. 

Applications must be turned into Rec.gov by Jan. 31. 

The odds of drawing seem to be getting worse every year. But some way, somehow, your friends might get a permit, or you might be able to pick up a cancelation through rec.gov

One things for sure ... if you do draw a permit, you will become everyone's best friend practically overnight! So don't delay in getting your applications in on time. 

Reserve a hut for backcountry ski/snowshoe trips

It used to be pretty easy to book backcountry ski hut/yurt trips in Idaho, but now it's become so popular that you almost have to book them one year in an advance.

Looking back at my outings for winter fun, yurt trips always stand out as one of the best things to do. Go play in the snow during the day and then return to the comfort of a yurt or ski hut, crank up the wood stove and enjoy a fun time in the evening with your friends out of the wind and cold weather.   

Here are the main places to go: 

Idaho City Park and Ski yurt system — There are six yurts to choose from: Banner Ridge, Elkhorn, Skyline, Stargaze, Rocky Ridge and The Hennessy. In my experience, the best skiing is at Banner Ridge, Stargaze and the Hennessy. Make online reservations at the IDPR website or call 888-922-6743.

Sun Valley Trekking — They’ve got yurts that are pretty close to the highway, such as the Boulder Yurts, which work great for less-experienced skiers/snowshoers, young children or seniors and other yurts and ski huts that are farther into the country. All of them are well appointed and well maintained. Tornak, Bench Lake and Coyote are my favorites. Reservations: Sun Valley Trekking or 208-788-1966.

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Payette Powder Guides — The Lick Creek yurts at the top of Lick Creek Pass are located next to oodles of big-mountain powder skiing terrain. Book a trip with Payette Powder Guides and you'll get a snowcat ride to Lick Creek Summit and a ride back at the end of your trip. Having snowmobiles at your disposal is a good thing because you can ride to where you want to ski, expanding options. Reservations: Payette Powder Guides or call 208-634-6793. PPG also offers avalanche courses during the winter.

Galena Lodge — There are four yurts at Galena and all of them are relatively close to the parking lot (less than an hour ski/snowshoe into the yurts). That’s a bonus. If you like to skate ski, cross-country ski or snowshoe, you’ve got a world-class Nordic cross-country ski system right outside the door with 50 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and 25K’s of marked snowshoe trails. Galena Lodge serves warm lunches and it has a full suite of services for cross-country skiers, including lessons, waxing and tune-up services. Check with Galena Lodge 208-726-4010 for pricing and availability.

Sawtooth Mountain Guides — High above the Williams Peak yurt, you can rip 2,000 verts of powder from the Skiers Summit back to the yurt. That run always puts a big smile on my face. Williams Peak is very popular and it’s booked solid each winter. Sawtooth Mountain Guides or 208-774-3324.

How about reservations for the McCall Winter Carnival, coming up on Jan. 27-Feb. 5. Lodging properties in McCall typically book up a year in advance. Maybe you could find a cabin rental through InIdaho.com, AirBnb or VRBO? See the McCall Chamber site for more information on the Winter Carnival. 

How about reservations for your favorite national forest campground? Go to Rec.gov and get that buttoned down for next summer ... or the summer after that?
- SS 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Five all-weather trails to enjoy when the foothills trails are muddy in Boise

Steve on top of the Bruneau Dunes. The state park is south of Mountain Home. 

Hi all, 

You've seen those horrible pics from Ridge to Rivers about people mucking up the trails and causing lasting damage! 

Sometimes I wonder if people are doing that on purpose, or if they just don't know there are alternative places to go walking, running or biking in the winter. 

When you see conditions
like this, turn around and 
head for an all-weather trail. 


Ridge to Rivers has a list of all-season trails that you can consult at times like this. 
All-weather trails have extra sand and gravel on the surface to absorb moisture and provide a pretty bomb-proof compacted surface. 

The weather this weekend will be on the warm side for mid-January, with a high of 49 degrees on Friday, 52 degrees Saturday, and 47 degrees Sunday. There's a chance of rain each day. 

So the lower R2R Trails are going to be muddy and best left alone! 

Here are some alternatives where you can go on a walk and not worry about causing damage on a muddy trail. You can enjoy yourself GUILT-FREE!

1. Boise River Greenbelt - Pick a loop walk/ride or an out-and-back and enjoy the views of the Boise River while you get some fresh air on a paved trail. Pick a part of the Greenbelt that may you haven't visited before! 

2. Eagle Greenbelt Loop - Do a loop walk/ride starting from Bardenay on the west end of the Eagle Greenbelt and go east three miles to the pedestrian bridge, cross the bridge and circle back around to the start. You'll have to walk/ride along Eagle Road to connect to the north channel greenbelt to finish the loop. There's an ample shoulder and places to avoid traffic.

Watch for bald eagles when you're walking/riding along the Boise River.  

3. Eagle Island State Park - There are trails along both channels of the Boise River in Eagle Island State Park that have suitable sandy/rocky surface for walking. People ride horseback out there too. 

4. Harrison Hollow All-Weather Trail in Boise Foothills - It's a short out-and-back hike but a very pleasant one on the Harrison Hollow All-Weather Trail. One mile out to the end of the all-weather section in the bottom of the gulch; one mile back. Park at the trailhead near Highlands Hollow Restaurant. 

5. Bruneau Dunes State Park - Climb to the top of Bruneau Dunes and enjoy a big view of the Snake River Plain.   

Have fun! 
- SS 


Thursday, January 5, 2023

Dan Noakes releases 5-part docuseries "Ghosts of the Frank" after skiing across the Frank Church Wilderness


Dan Noakes hiking up a ridgeline in "The Frank" (courtesy Dan Noakes)

Hi all,

I'd like to share an amazing story about Dan Noakes, a Donnelly outdoor adventure athlete, who recently skied across the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Solo.  

Noakes did the 110-mile wilderness traverse in 12 days, from the Johnson Creek Road near Landmark and Warm Lake over to Challis. 

I felt that his journey was super impressive and wanted to share it with my friends and followers.
Please see the news release that I put together with Dan, published today: 

Ghosts of the Frank:

Dan Noakes of Donnelly creates 5-part video docuseries
on rare Solo Winter Traverse
of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

DONNELLY, Idaho – (Jan. 5, 2023) – Dan Noakes, an avid and accomplished backcountry skier who resides in Donnelly, is releasing “Ghosts of the Frank,” a 5-episode docuseries on YouTube about his rare, solo winter traverse across the 2.3-million acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, today on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023.

Through his solo winter adventure in one of the most remote places in the lower 48 states, Noakes gained a great appreciation for the people who once lived, worked and died in “The Frank.”

Traveling along the Middle Fork Salmon River (courtesy Dan Noakes) 

“Ghosts of the Frank” takes viewers on an emotional experience as Noakes combines backpacking and skiing in efforts to connect with his father from whom he was separated during his formative years due to a divorce. The remoteness of the trip in “The Frank” also caused Noakes to ponder what it would have been like for Salmon River pioneers to eke out an existence amid an ocean of mountains many miles from civilization.

Noakes says his solo traverse across the Frank was a “death-defying feat,” done by very few, that tested his mental limits. “It’s a fine line between thriving and surviving out there. If you cross that threshold into the surviving territory, you can go down very quickly. To be totally candid, I actually did fear death on this trip. I feared getting hurt, getting caught in an avalanche, and my equipment failing, all which could be fatal. I would wake up in the mornings and say to myself, “I will make it home, maybe.’ “

Noakes started the 110-mile trip by the South Fork of the Salmon River near Warm Lake. He finished near Challis. It took him 12 days of winter overland travel (hiking/skiing) while carrying a backpack with all of his food and gear to reach his destination.

One can feel very small as a human being amid the enormity of "The Frank." 

In less than a decade of living in Idaho, Noakes has tested his extraordinary outdoor skills by summiting and skiing all nine of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks. He created a 10-part part video series on that accomplishment titled, “The 12ers.” In 2018, Noakes backpacked the length of Idaho on the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail in less than two months, doing much of the trip solo. He produced a video on that journey as well.

Some of the wisdom that Noakes has learned from his journeys include:

1. "When you find out that your own two feet can take you hundreds of miles, then you realize anything is possible. That is also a metaphor for life.”

2. “Welcome to Idaho! Did you know this was in your backyard? One of the most interesting places in the U.S.”

3. “Connection. Connect with the people and places in your life. In the act of connecting, you will find stories and purpose that you didn't think of before.”

Dan found some deep *pow*! (Courtesy Dan Noakes)

“Ghosts of the Frank” goes beyond skiing and Noakes’ personal life. As part of the docuseries, he examines the controversy of the Forest Service’s decision to burn down cabins as it acquired private lands inside the Frank in the name of wilderness preservation. The film leaves the audience to answer for themselves if the mainstream Wilderness narrative has silenced the whisperings of the ghosts that still roam in the Frank Church today.

Video link: https://youtu.be/Gt7cK0DbsYA  
Scheduled publication: Jan, 5, 2023 at 6:00am
Noakes YouTube Channel: youtube.com/dannoakes

“Ghosts of the Frank,” created by Dan Noakes, USA, 2023, 5 Episodes

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Be sure to watch the 5-part docuseries. You also might want to watch the 10-part video series he did on summiting and skiing all of Idaho's 12,000-foot peaks! 

Trip map: 

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This week, I also worked on PR for the Middle Fork Outfitters Association to get the word out that a new transportation service is much needed for Middle Fork Salmon and Main Salmon River trips this coming summer. Caldwell Transportation is bowing out of the business, and a new company is needed to step up! 

See more in this in-depth Channel 7 report: 

If you know of anyone who might be interested in the Salmon River transportation situation, please have them contact Colin Hughes, with Hughes River Expeditions,  colin@hughesriver.com

Thanks for reading! 
- SS 

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Points Ranch, Idaho Sleigh Rides offer great opportunity to see elk, enjoy the scenery!

My son Quinn enjoys a moment with a cow elk on the Points Ranch sleigh ride. 

Hi all,

We've had a very snowy start to the winter of 2022-23, and so the full slate of outdoor snow activities are available to enjoy, looking ahead to January and February of 2023. 

One thing you could plan with your immediate family or a group of friends is an elk-viewing sleigh ride with Idaho Sleigh Rides in Garden Valley or the Points Ranch near Donnelly. 

There's plenty of snow on the ground, which has driven the elk to lower elevations for their winter range. Both sleigh rides provide ample opportunities to see elk while enjoying the broader scenery. Both will be operating 7 days a week through the rest of the winter. Reservations are required. 

Get a group of friends together and reserve a trip!

The Points Ranch sleigh ride takes about 1 hour. They feed the elk while they take folks on the horse-drawn sleigh ride. The elk are watching and waiting for you to come by with more alfalfa hay ... and you'll have very up-close-and-personal encounters with them! 


I took my whole family on the Points Ranch sleigh ride, and they all loved it! 
My step-daughter Elena actually got kissed by an elk while it was feeding on a hay bale in the sleigh, and she thought that was quite memorable!

The Points Ranch is located south of Donnelly next to ID 55. They load people on the sleighon an hourly basis, and you go on a very slow loop through a big group of elk. Call 208-325-8783 to make a reservation and inquire about rates.

In Garden Valley, Idaho Sleigh Rides offers a great variety of trips, from a simple sleigh ride, to a sleigh ride and lunch, to a Dutch oven dinner ride with live music. They have a small sleigh for groups of four, and a larger sleigh that fits 12 people.  The rides last about 45 minutes and take you on a tour of some large snowy meadows and big groups of elk in Garden Valley, with the mountains lording above.
"We see the elk every day," says Darl Allred of Idaho Sleigh Rides. 
Contact Idaho Sleigh Rides to make reservations and check on pricing. 
Like I said, get a group of friends together and reserve a trip!



In Sun Valley, you can go on a sleigh ride during the day or do a deluxe dinner ride to Trail Creek Cabin. Both experiences would be great, but believe me, the dinner ride to Trail Creek Cabin would be memorable! Reservations required.

Unfortunately, Bogus Creek Outfitters is no longer in business, so if you live in the Treasure Valley, you'll need to travel to enjoy a sleigh ride. It's worth going up to the mountains to enjoy the beautiful scenery and ensure there's plenty of snow for the trip!

No matter where you go, be sure to dress warm for the sleigh ride trip. That means full-on winter gear -- long underwear, warm sweater, snow pants or a snowmobile suit, warm boots, warm winter hat and warm mittens or gloves. Bring a thermos of hot coffee or cocoa perhaps?
 
Enjoy!
- SS
P.S. We have had a phenomenal series of winter storms pass through Idaho's mountains since Nov. 1. Suffice to say that the snow conditions are outstanding everywhere for sleigh rides and any other type of winter activity right now. See my daily snow forecasts about snow conditions at Idaho's ski resorts on opensnow.com.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Stueby's Christmas gift recommendations for the Outdoorsy Him and Her - 2022 edition!

Happy Holidays! 

Hi all, 

Christmas is just 10 days away! It's time for my annual Christmas gift ideas for the outdoorsy him and her.

This year's list includes recommendations for our friends at Idaho Mountain TouringBoise REI, and McU Sports about the latest popular and trendy items.

Now, on to the gifts!

1. A warm, cozy Carhartt vest from D&B Supply, or a Patagonia down vest from Idaho Mountain
Touring
Boise REIGreenwoods Ski Haus or McU Sports.

2. Socks - Lots of color, designs and patterns, Smart Wool comfort made in the USA. Everyday Compression to support people standing on their feet, and it doesn't take 3 men and gorilla to put your socks on. 

3.  Lights for your campsite. REI recommends Revel Gear Trail Hound lights ($25) - it's a 30-foot string of colored LED lights that could provide a festive feel for your campsite.

4Lights for your bike, your head or your body. The Bontrager Ion 200-1000 human light ($100) looks like it could light up the trails as if you're on a professional movie set.


6. Ski gloves - It's nice to have several pairs that work for various tasks such as driving, xc skiing or snowshoeing (thinner weight), and alpine skiing (warmer). I have a pair of the Hestra Heli-Insulated gloves pictured here ($155), and man are they nice! Always keep my hands warm! Mine are mittens with a trigger finger. For xc skiing and lightweight use, look in the work glove section of May Hardware in McCall or a local Maverick service station.

7. Snowshoes - It takes a lot of time and money to master the art of skiing or snowboarding, but just about anyone who can walk can strap on a pair of snowshoes and do great! It helps to bring a pair of ski poles for balance. There are many different brands available. Price range: $50-$150 for snowshoe-pole combo sets. You might be able to find a new or used pair at the Boise Outdoor Gear Exchange. Chris from IMT recommends these super-light TSL snowshoes with Boa closures. They're made out of carbon fiber. Prices range from $69 and up. Nice gift for a serious snow-shoer, but they also have kids models priced right at $39.95.



Women's Apt. 9® Herringbone Cadet Hat8. Winter hats - Can't go wrong in this department, but it's always nice to find a winter hat that has personality! Similar with gloves, it's nice to have different winter hats for situations when it's relatively warm or you're working up a sweat (thinner weight), and when you need a bomber warm hat that keeps you warm in single digits or sub-zero weather. Remember that wool ultimately rocks in the warmth department. Another helpful item is a facemask for the really cold days on the mountain. I also love the smart-looking ballcap-style hats they make for women.

9. Patagonia trucker hats - Chris at IMT: These are Red Hot!- every age loves them -- men, women and kids.

10. Headlamp - For outdoorsy folks, it's about as easy to lose a

headlamp as it is to lose a pair of socks. Especially if you're a family of outdoorsy folks ... everyone borrows your headlamp and it never comes back! You can snag a headlamp for $25-$50, and it has great value for your camping trips, night hiking, river trips, backpacking, even for use around the home! My favorite brands include Petzl and Black Diamond. Get a bright one and you'll appreciate it! My latest Black Diamond model runs on 4 AAA batteries and it's really nice and bright.

11. Dog accessories from Ruffwear. How about an insulated coat for your pup? $79.95. Those things are so danged cute!



12. Guidebooks! - Ha! Always a thoughtful item in the stocking or under the tree ... my guides are available of course, from Boise Trail Guide, Owyhee Canyonlands, Paddling the Payette, updated for SUPers, and Boise Road Cycling Guide, plus my biography on the great champion for birds of prey Morley Nelson, Cool North Wind, in memory of all of his achievements related to the creation of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Plus I recommend Matt Leidecker's guides for the Sawtooths, White Clouds and Middle Fork Salmon River.

13. Capilene tops, long underwear - For any outdoorsy person who's active, getting out and exercising several days a week, you can quickly run short of tops and bottoms after they get pitted out and pitched into the laundry. So it's nice to have a deep supply of different tops especially ... lightweight, midweight, expedition weight, etc. These items typically run $25-$75. REI and Patagonia make gear with lasting value. Take a look at smart wool, too. 

14. Buck knife or Swiss Army knife - These items also have a way of disappearing. But especially guys appreciate having a knife handy for all sorts of things. A single-blade Buck knife is really sleek and cool, and the multi-tasking Swiss Army knives are always a hit. Boise Army Navy has a great selection of knives.

15. Hydro Flask - Previously known as a water bottle, the hydro flasks available today can be used for drinking coffee on the go, taking a long a nice hot cup of tea or hot chocolate on an outdoor outing, or actually packing plain old water. Hydro Flask is a brand by itself, but there are many other brands that make quality stainless steel insulated cups and containers. Pricing is in the $10 to $25 range or more. 

16. River Gear - Pick up some accessories or a new SUP, hard-shell kayak, inflatable kayak, canoe or raft at Idaho River SportsCascade River GearAIRE in Meridian,  or Boise Army-Navy.

It's probably safe to say that we're all ready to bid 2020 goodbye because of the Covid-19 pandemic. So thankful to see vaccinations coming online for our health care workers and all of us who will need that ASAP. Gives me hope that things could return to "normal" sometime next year. It may be months before the vaccines are available to the average person. 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
- SS  

Steve talks about his weekly outdoor tip on 94.9 FM The River on Friday mornings with Ken and Michelle at about 7:40 a.m. Please listen in!