September 3-12, 2018
Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho
We spent 10 days boondocking in Sawtooth National Forest near Sun Valley, ID. We had a nice, quiet site a couple of miles down a dirt road on National Forest land. It was very peaceful and quiet, and 10 minutes away the cute little town of Ketchum offered any amenities we needed, however severely overpriced.
I feel like I hardly had a chance to appreciate the calm, serenity of the Sawtooth Mountains around us, as my mind was elsewhere. My main distractions at the current time are major prep for a project launch in NCW called Beyond the Frame, that I will share about in more detail at a later time, as well as the fact that it was our first week of homeschool, plus the new addition of a pet in the house. So despite my peaceful surroundings, my mind was a busy whirl of managing multiple fronts. I even had to skip out on a family hike to Chocolate Gulch, complete with homemade brownies, in order to spend the day at the library and coffee shops to get some extra work completed.
It’s not been an unhappy amount of stress; in fact I find it pretty invigorating. But it has complicated our normal family routine, and shifted our dynamic since I’m even more mentally checked out of my immediate surroundings than usual. Brad and the girls got to enjoy several hikes in the beautiful sawtooths. And we were grateful for another library with policies that were accommodating to guests.
We began to take Ginger out of the camper occasionally, but were careful to keep her very close at hand.
Two days before we rolled out, another full time family found us on Instagram and reached out because they were camped nearby. We spent one fantastic afternoon at a playground and a second day hiking the nearby Proctor Mountain and going out for burritos. We could have spent days and days longer together, and hopefully we will get the chance for that at some point down the literal road. But for now it was another bittersweet meeting of kindred spirits. Sweet because it was such a joy to connect with new friends, and bitter because we knew it would be cut very short.
So I recenter myself once again in a place of gratitude – grateful for another successful week living on public land, grateful for meaningful projects to keep my mind and hands busy, and grateful for new relationships with new people that continue to make me optimistic about our adventure and about humanity in general.