Jen had gone down to visit Mo in Texas with Boone and Laurel, leaving me with the older kids. We decided that rather than hand around the house we would head south to do some rock climbing and attend the public lands rally at the capital.
The five of us left Grangeville around 6:30 and made the trek south. We ran by REI to pick up a guidebook to the Black Cliffs on the east side of town, grabbed some food, and headed out to the crag.
It took us a while to get the lay of the land so that we could find the climbs we were looking for. We asked for a little help from another group climbing and then spent the rest of the afternoon on the basalt. The kids did a fantastic job both on the climb and the belay. I will admit that being belayed by kids on my first time leading a sport climb was a bit harrowing at times.
By the late afternoon we were all pretty bushed and ready to set up camp. We drove out to Lucky Peak Reservoir and set up camp at the Army Corp’s Macks Creek Park. We were the only ones at the campground and enjoyed the solitude. Unfortunately, I discovered I grabbed the wrong center pole for the tipi and we had to make due with one much smaller than needed. This didn’t become a big deal until rain and high winds began to blow through during the night. We all survived in the end, but did have to sleep on top of each other due to the limited room inside the tipi.
Saturday morning dawned cloudy, but rain free. We fixed breakfast and took down our wet camp. Our next stop was downtown Boise at the offices of the Idaho Conservation League. March 4 is Idaho Day and a rally in support of public lands was scheduled at the capital. We made our cardboard sign and then walked over to the capital building where we joined 2,600 other outdoors minded people in supporting our public lands legacy. Finally, we headed back home after a great weekend.