My Trip To McCall, Idaho — Finally Posting Pictures
A few weeks ago I visited McCall to interview for a couple of jobs and one of my roommates came along to check out the area and do some mountain biking with me. I ended up loving it and getting both jobs, but unfortunately, I just don’t feel like the move is right at this time. That said, I’m most definitely staying in touch with the wildlife sanctuary down there for any future endeavors.
This is the first sight we saw coming into McCall — talk about beautiful.
However, if you continued to go south of McCall, you came across vast amounts of flat ranch land surrounded by mountains — that wasn’t really something I was expecting to see.
The sanctuary was about 7 miles out of McCall and we took this tree-and-rock-lined road the whole way. Surprisingly, it was mostly paved.
At times while driving down the road, there would be the occasional clearing, where you could look out and see for miles. You could tell that this is where the river had flooded and cleared out likely thousands of trees.
Once we arrived at the sanctuary, we saw some of the most beautiful scenery that I’ve ever seen. While crossing the bridge…
We looked to our right…
And then to our left…
Wow! I was already itching to travel upstream jumping from rock to rock — I couldn’t wait to do so… and eventually that’s what we did.
We found several schools of red Saki Salmon along the way.
Each jump from rock to rock was quite exhilarating actually — something I haven’t done in quite a long time.
There’s something magical about water rushing around rocks, isn’t there?
That ledge was actually kind of high up there.
How high? This high!
Then we found a pretty neat little cave on a sand embankment in the middle of the river.
I had the whole thing envisioned. If I were to move down there, I would definitely spend a night under this rock and build myself a little fire in the sand.
I then of course climbed inside.
But looking out into the canyon from the cave was even more amazing — I couldn’t help but wonder how incredible it would be to wake up from a great night’s rest and step out into the warm sun beating on the sand.
Again… water crashing through, around and over rocks is so magical.
But then again, the water in it’s simplest form is also very beautiful.
Then I found a gigantic rock in the middle of the river, and of course I had to get on it. Although, it didn’t seem quite possible at first… but I did figure out a way.
Looking back towards the bridge, we realized how far we had gone — see how small the bridge is? And isn’t that scene beautiful?
All three days while we were there, we did mountain biking. The first day we went to Bear Basin, which had tons of trails, many of which we never got to ride, although we got through quite a few.
The second day we explored some of Jug Ranch… and went waaayyyy too far out of the way, but we had fun and once we found the trails, there was a lot to ride. And the third day we returned to Bear Basin and explored some more trails for the most adventurous and fun ride yet!
The trails were awesome and we saw some incredible scenery.
I wish I could say that I climbed up this rock on my bike, but honestly, I’m far from being that good.
The landscape is just phenomenal here.
I really can’t wait to go back to visit McCall again. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to before the snow hits (they get a lot there), but it would be great if I could. I most certainly haven’t put it out of my mind about eventually moving down there, but at this time, I just don’t feel it’s the right move. That said, it’s got “Aaron” written all over it.
Some photos while traveling through Oregon a week ago — I wish I could have seen more, but this was a nice priviledge. Even “cattle country” is beautiful.