We are Surrounded by Beauty and Wildflowers
Before we came here, I called the BLM office in Challis to talk to the guy in charge of the horses. I ended up leaving a message, and he called me back Friday morning. This was actually perfect timing, as we were wanting more information about were to find the herd. He was incredibly nice, helpful, and full of information about the area. We packed food, water, and the dogs then set off to explore the area he told me about. He said, at the very least it would be a beautiful drive, and on that he was 100% correct. We climbed in elevation considerably, and the wildflowers were amazing.
The lupine were pretty thick when we hit the higher elevations.
There was even a little bit of white lupine, which I rarely see.
When we were stopped at the top we saw 8 horses on a hillside pretty steep, and far away. Sadly, we had to be content with viewing from afar. There was a lot of this unusual pink flower in that area. This was a new one for me, so I had to look it up. It’s called Prairie smoke, and the second photo shows why.
I actually took this photo on Saturday when we went on a hike from the RV. We are at much lower elevation, and this flower was ahead of the one above. I like them both ways.
Driving was awesome because we were on a dirt road, and other than a rancher in a truck we didn’t see another person. This was great because we could stop whenever we wanted. We came to a spot where there was steep ravine full of pine trees. I said, “I wouldn’t doubt there is wildlife in there somewhere.” And sure enough, a small herd of elk started coming over the ridge. They were all mamas, and babies that we could tell. Sadly, we were way too far away for good photos.
We did have another awesome wildlife encounter, but that’s a blog post all on it’s own.
These next photos are just a random assortment of the wild flowers that are around us. This is Indian paintbrush, which is generally found red or maybe dark orange. Idaho, likes to mix things up however and has this lovely yellow color.
And the very special pink Indian paintbrush. This is hands down my favorite.
Pink is a pretty predominant wildflower color here. I don’t know if states have official colors, but pink needs to be it for Idaho.
This flower is called Bitterroot. It varies from almost white, to a darker pink.
These are cushion buckwheat. If you look closely, each flower which is about 1/2″ in diameter, is made up of a bunch of tiny flowers. These range in color from white, to dark pink too. I like these party colored ones.
When we went hiking on Saturday, we walked out the door and up this draw. That’s our RV, 2 1/2 miles away. The mountains that are around us are so beautiful.
These are the Lost river mountains that we have to the east, and south. Such rugged terrain.
Our Friday drive took us some pretty fun places, and I have couple more posts just to cover it all. So stay tuned.