I am finally posting from our summer vacation in Idaho. We spent 7 days river rafting down the Middle Fork River of the Salmon with Idaho River Adventures and Chappellet Winery! What an amazing trip, and this was like nothing I have ever done before. We flew into Stanly Idaho on tiny prop planes where we stayed the night and explored the town for the night.
From Stanley we took another small plane to where the boat launch was set up. The pilot flew the plane right through the crevice of the mountains landing on a dirt road runway just feet from the water and the mountains towering on both sides.
Once we landed and got off the plane we all helped unload our gear and brought it down to the river. The guides were loading up all the necessities for the week and getting the boats put together. From there we all got on a boat and were on our way down the river.
Each day we stopped at different attractions; we saw a few waterfalls and natural hot springs, hiking trails that led up to old Chinese laundry hot springs, and natural fresh water springs where you can fill you water bottle and drink straight from the mountain, indian ruins and old pictographs.
On one of the last days we camped near a big rapid and it was safe to body float down it. The water was FREEZING but definitely worth the exhilaration. At the end of the rapid you would need to swim as hard as you can so you wouldn’t get carried down the river.
We saw a few waterfalls on the way down the Middle Fork River but this was by far my favorite one of the trip. We got off the boats and took a 15 minute hike that led you to this green oasis where this waterfall was. The water was coming off a 100 foot cliff into this canyon. I was laying down on a rock and took this video.