Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Ketchum, Idaho

This is the vacation home of the rich and famous. Along with Barb and Ron, we settled ourselves 5 miles out of town on Trail Creek Rd in the National Forest. Later, we also found lots of wonderful, free, officially numbered campsites on Corral Creek road nearby. The photos are of our campsite and the view out our front window. The area is surprisingly sparsely used–we saw only 3 other campers.

Three minutes away at Sun Valley, the wealthy spend gobs doing wealthy-folk things. Also within minutes are the vacation homes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks, Paul Allen, and lots of other celebrities, who come here to escape the spotlight. Locals, by unspoken consent, do not hassle them when they are out and about. We visited Hemingway’s grave; he killed himself here in the 60s when his cancer got too painful.

Fierce thunderstorms and hail swept over us frequently, but in between we managed to hiked some nearby trails. This area had a lot of snow this winter. The rivers and creeks are quite high and the higher trails are still snow-covered and not open yet. It would be better to visit a little later in the summer.


Anonymous Lloyd said...

When heading through that area of Idaho in August/September, I will have to stop at that location. Looks like a great scenic photo shoot.

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Blogger Dick said...

Beautiful photos of fascinating places. Since you are in Idaho have you considered attending the Life on Wheels Conference at the U of I in Moscow, July 9 - 15? Check their web site at

Maybe I'll meet up with you on the road. I am a part time RVer who will be in Moscow for LoW, then 2 weeks in Spokane before heading back home to Mt. Vernon, WA. I am a Snowbird who winters in the SW with my motorhome, Saturn toad & cat, Huggy.

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