ID – Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Draper Wood River Preserve

It was time to say goodbye to the Sawtooths.  I spent an incredible few weeks exploring the Sawtooths. There’s no doubt that I’ll be back.

I had several thoughts on the next leg of my journey. My primary goal for the summer was the Colorado Trail which I planned to start in July, but large early season wildfires had me concerned about this option. With intel from the Stanley Ranger Station, I traveled south on Highway 75 planning to hike the Pioneer Mountains. I’d noticed this range while hiking at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve a few weeks earlier.  My mind and body had other thoughts and decided I needed an R&R day instead.

I found myself in Ketchum where I discovered the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, a place I could wander. 

What did I find while wandering? The Colorado state flower, blue columbine, the one I’ve been dreaming of seeing in bloom while hiking the Colorado Trail. Is it a sign? 

Still feeling restless, I discovered Hailey Greenway and Draper Wood River Preserve. What a fab hidden gem!

Bow Bridge led the way. 

I found a few wildflowers.

But mostly some nice walking trails with open spaces. 

Finding myself nearer the border of Oregon than anywhere else, and feeling the pull by friends who’d been encouraging a visit, I decided to turn my car west. 

It was now June 15th. I’d been away from home for 109 days and had put over 8,000 miles on my car. Goodbye for now Idaho, it’s been fun! 

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