Priest River Idaho

Over the years we have learned that if you plan to travel during a holiday, you better have reservations.  Not to be outdone, I made reservations for Memorial weekend back in April with the plan that we would cross into Canada right after the holiday.  I eyeballed Google map, stuck a pin to where I thought would be a good place to land before crossing and waa-laa, we got Priest River Idaho. Part of the charm was the rivers and lakes in the area. It’s a good thing I did, the campground is full and alive.

A Norman Rockwell enjoying a warm spring afternoon at the river.
This is some serious campfire cooking.

Two weeks ago, there was frost in this area, now it is in the low 80’s and sunny skies overhead. The tourist are enjoying the weekend, they are everywhere. I’m glad that we are just here to refit ourselves for the journey through Canada and beyond to Alaska. I got the truck serviced, stocked up on groceries, we did laundry and caught up on on-line stuff. There is nothing remaining to be done. Let’s Go!

A view of Priest River and surroundings in Northern Idaho.

Our Overnight Stay:

We are staying at Priest River Recreation Area Campground. This rec area is a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) property, a federal campground. The site is  gravel with no hookup.  We are boondocking here for four nights.  My senior National Park Lifetime pass also allows a discount for BLM campgrounds.  We paid $10/night. We got 4g cell service and good Verizon Wireless.  Unexpectedly, we even got 9 channels of over-the-air TV.  We would definitely stay here again.  Bring bug spray though.

Priest River, Id.--May 26-30, 2017

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Priest River, Id.--May 26-30, 2017 48.177762, -116.889725 Priest River Idaho, United States of America (Directions)

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