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 18, 2006

The River of No Return

Shopping in Salmon, Idaho, we learned an odd fact: One-third of the land area of Idaho is occupied by only 5000 people. A glance at the map shows the central section is a vast and dangerous wilderness area, sliced in half by the raging Salmon River. It has earned the name, "The River of No Return."

Lewis and Clark strongly considered canoeing down it to the Pacific. After exploring 27 downstream miles, a scouting party returned exhausted and said in substance, "No way, Jose!" The explorers wisely chose to trudge on northward 100 miles to Lolo and then cross the mountains on horseback.

We drove downstream from North Fork 20 miles to confirm Lewis’ judgement. President Carter was not intimidated, however. He rafted through the worst of it clear across the state to Riggins. We stayed the night on the north bank of the river.


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