At the end of July we took the annual trip to Red Fish Lake, just up past Stanley in the gorgeous Sawtooth Mountains. We always have a blast boating, swimming, biking, hiking, site seeing, and more. The pictures will tell all.
This is our little spot on the beach. Every morning we get down to the beach and enjoy the peaceful water and the bright sun. This is probably the best time of the day.
Addison loves her little cousins.. here is Kayla, same age as Addi and a little wild woman! Fun Friends.
Addi's in the red and Bryce of course is in the middle destroying the girls creation!
Now Bryce is Crazy about the Beach. Really he is crazy about the SAND. He literally leans over and sticks his face in the sand to lick it up. His diapers were sandy for about a week.
He was a little worker with his shovel, putting rocks in buckets and destroying the girls castles.
....sry i love these pictures of his chubby feet!
Everyone chillin at the beach.
Good ol' grandpa Nielsen. Bryce's favorite. Bryce will seriously sit on his lap for hours. Funny.
The cabin is also great. Next to the lake and bike path and the forest so we regularly see deer out our window!
Bryce and Nathan. Bryce is 1.5 months older. Still he is a tank.
Now for the wakeboarding!
Brandon hasn't been wake boarding very long but is getting better every time we go (Which isn't as much as we wished!)
Addi and Lulu
Not a great jump, but the mountains are awesome in the pic.
such a pretty place!
There are always a few things that we do, like hike to the falls or lily pond. This year we went to a ghost town and the dredge.
Let me explain a bit of what I learn if you are interested. The Sawtooth mountains apparent are rich in gold.. or atleast one area was discovered to have an abundance of it back in the days of the 49ers gold rush. This town was settled in the crease of two mountains, I think it was called Custer? Anyhow it was settle to mine the gold. Keep in mind this in the heights of the Sawtooth Mountains. Even with modern roads these places are frequently inaccessible due to snow, or other weather. So very dangerous during their time. Avalanches buried homes. There was also fun stories about cowboys riding into town and the western love stories.
The girls panning for gold. It was crazy, the forest worker would just go grab a handful of dirt and then pan it and pull out a few specks of gold!! And they gave it to us! The land is now protected so no one and harvest it anymore.. so don't get any crazy ideas :)
The other thing that we saw was the DREDGE. This is an enormous machine that was brought in to harvest the gold. It is the monster of a contraption that mechanically pans the gold. I guess that there were only like 3 of these ever made, one is here, the other maybe in Cali and another in some other country. Anyhow that shows how much gold there is in the area to go to the effort of bring this baby in. The men from the town ran the machine and sent away millions of dollars worth of gold. Interestingly enough, J.R. Simplot bought this machine decades ago when it was still functioning. And this is wear his millions exploded into billions! I knew that he made a fortune off of our Idaho Potatoes and his freezing them.... and his real estate.... but apparently he sold alot of his gold to South America and turned what was worth millions to billions there. When asked he never stated what much exactly he made. And was LDS and loved ACI, go Yotes!, and native to Idaho! Kind of interesting!
The Nielsen Family!
Most importantly we had a great time with the family! We were glad that Blake could be there with us and miss Grandma Nielsen. Love you.