Challice, ID 4th of July

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  1. fritz1985

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    My friend and i riding our 950 adv in the challice/clayton area of SE Idaho on the 4th of july. The weather was lookin ugly up in northern idaho so we chased the sun till we found 90 deg days and cloudless skies coupled with some of the most amazing geology there is to be found in idaho. We spent the first day on the custer motorway looping from the Yankee fork all the way back through the montains to the southern side of challice. The next way we drove up the East Fork of the Salmon river in search of the beautiful geods which can be found primarly in this area of idaho. After our explorations into the hills of the East Fork we stopped by the Clayton Corral in Clayton, ID a place unlike any one will likely find in any other town in this state. We proceeded up the squaw creek road into still more beautiful back country. we ended the weekend watching fireworks with an exceptionally energetic group of locals in Stanley, ID. We were exausted and a bit hungover on our trip home, but couldnt help but smile knowing that we had topped our already outstanding record of amazing 4th of July weekends. I apologize for the many pictures of rock formations but what can i say we are both geologist and the volcanics in this area are breathtaking.

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    Here I am up on the Idaho Montana Border, stopping to stretch after a few hours on the road.

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    The view up at this elevation was beautiful on the right is Idaho and to the left you can see montana.


    Unfortunatly we were not able to take any pictures of the custer motorway due to the fact that we forgot the camera because we were so anxious to get out and ride. so these pictures start at the East fork of the Salmon.

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    It was about 92 deg as we made our way up the East Fork so we opted to go shirtless which wasnt the best idea judging by the terrible sunburns we woke up with the next day.

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    As we drove up the road we kept a sharp eye out for crystals namely geode fragments. as we came up to the hill pictured above we found some evidence and decided to climb to the top. This climb while not very far proved to be very difficult due to the loose rock fragments which made every 6 steps count for one. It was all worth it in the end though when we found some amazing rocks.

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    After we climbed a few more hills we headed up the road to clayton to cool off and enjoy some live music in the park.

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    After we had a chance to cool off we headed about 5 miles up the road to the squaw creek rd, which is pictured above and below.

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    This was such a pretty view that we had to stop and take a picture and of course get the bikes in just to make it look even better.

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    Once we left the squaw creek road we drove over to the sawmill station, which is pictured above they had wonderful burgers and some excellent cold beer.

    The pictures stop here once again due to a series of bars but just so you know the girls were not that beautiful anyways.

    The next morning we woke up, loaded our bikes and started home. The pictures below are a few volcanic formations of Tuff and some various other rock types that we saw on our way up to salmon.

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