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Same House New Yard

Wednesday July 27, 2011
Bear Lake State Park, IDAHO
East Beach Campground Site 9


Today was moving day.  
We didn’t go far but WHAT a difference.
Neither of us cared much for the campground
on Bear Lake in Utah.
Perhaps if we’d had a site on the water
it might have been different.
Although those sites are so close
together and there are so many
children, dogs, vehicles coming and going
making so much noise that I doubt it.
Are we becoming old fuddy duddies???

Our site there was right across from the “cabins”
and the bathroom.  It had a parking lot feel.
Our neighbors seemed to come and go daily
with most of them pulling in and setting up after 10PM at night. 
Not sure what that was about.
But they had no concern at all
about the noise they were making as they
yelled to each other and their dogs barked.
There was a campground host but
neither of us ever saw him/her.
We were glad we were only there for 3 days.

BUT we did get a lot done.
Like the bike bags on the car protecting the bikes.
Thanks Gin!

Bear Lake on Monday 008

A LOT of solar research.
A plan for next winter coming into being.
And you have to be somewhere right?
Plus the sunsets were lovely.
But in the end my advice is
skip it!

Today we pulled out
and drove back to Garden City Utah
where every single business in town
other than the real estate offices
advertises Raspberry milkshakes.
And they are all “famous”.

Garden City seems to be two blocks
of take out restaurants with no indoor seating
just outdoor tables and an order window.
There was one eat in Mexican restaurant.
I didn’t even see a post office.

Of course we stopped to try the milk shakes.
And foolishly chose the place that had the biggest sign.
Notice that these are “famous”.


I did think the little Conestoga wagon covered table
was a cute gimmick.


We split a large shake which we both rated as “OK”
and then walked the two blocks of town down and back. 

On the walk we found the place
we “should” have gone based on the line outside
and the number of people on the tables in the side yard.
Notice that their shakes are “famous” too.


Oh well, live and learn.
Too bad we won’t be back to benefit
from this knowledge.

The raspberry festival starts on August 3rd
That might be interesting.
Although David could find no where in town
that sold actual raspberries.
We’ll be on our way to Grand Teton National Park by then.

It was clear by all the trucks toting hay that we
saw both coming over the mountain originally
and in town today, that this is a rural community,
the actual residents are ranchers and you
can park on either side of the street going
any direction you want.  ;-)

Moving to Idaho 001 (2) 

The drive around the lake was lovely.
The water is gorgeous shades of blue.


It’s about 35 miles between one park and the other. 
Utah’s park is at the south western end of the lake.
Idaho’s is half way down the eastern side.
BUT the section of road up the eastern side between
the two is dirt and rough so you have to go around.
Thus we went back through Garden City, into Idaho

Moving to Idaho 001 (5)

and through St. Charles Idaho
which has a post office, one store and the brand new
Idaho Bear Lake administrative office whose ribbon cutting
ceremony is at 5PM today.

The roads are very rural and just wide enough for
Winnona and another RV to pass each other
I think!

Moving to Idaho 001 (6)

Bear Lake Campground Idaho is much
smaller than the one in Utah.
Perhaps that is one of the more appealing factors.
All the sites have a water view.

Here is Winnona’s new spot,

Moving to Idaho 001 (8)

our new yard


and GREAT view.


I think we are going to like it here!  ;^)


  1. Looking good...much nicer!!

    Well, there is YOUR water;o))

    I know you are smiling!!!!

  2. Yep. I think you'll like it alright. Lots of beautiful water around you.

  3. Very nice. That is a good thing about small towns. They do not give out a lot of parking tickets :)

  4. From one old fuddy duddy to the other - I'm looking for the ice cream ;o))


  5. Yup. I think you're going to like it there. Stunning.

  6. Don't be calling yourself an old fuddy duddy! I'd wager there aren't too many youngsters out there that could keep up with you. ;c)

  7. Very nice yard you have! Lots of open space to hike in too. :)

  8. Beautiful site...we're taking notes! :-) Enjoy!

  9. Alyssa and I just read this post. Alyssa wondered if your last line was a reference to Annie's "I think I'm going to like it here"? ;)

  10. Hello, I've been following your travels with interest since last winter when my dad died and we couldn't get away in our rv -- I lived vicariously through you (thanks). We have a lot in common, similar interests and I run and we both bike and kayak. We're packing to go to Big Sky country for the next 4 - 6 weeks. We plan to be in Glacier National Park (west side) August 5-11 and (east) August 16 - 22. We're in a Pleasureway Van camper. Since you mentioned that Glacier may be on your itinerary I thought I'd take a chance, perhaps we could meet or hike.


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