Just a little bit about Idaho’s Hwy 12 between Syringa and Lolo Pass:
River front camping for DAYS. “Keep your eyes peeled for those dirt road pull off’s, you’ll find yourself some real nice spots,” a fellow told me at the gas station when I was inquiring about places to camp. I will put my hand over my heart and swear to you, this is beautiful country and one of the most pristine places we have ever camped. I still shake my head in disbelief that a place like this exists.
Catch and release fishing to your hearts content in the rivers and nearby lakes and 99.9% of the time, you have the place to yourself. At least this was our experience, last summer in August.
Exploring the Selway River Road took us deep into the backcountry where we fished, hiked and swam in the refreshing cool river. Nearby forest fires created a rather smoky atmosphere, but that was to be expected in mid August I was told (we learned a lot about forest fires during this trip of ours — wait till you see my pictures I took when we visited Glacier National Park). Also, if you enjoy mushroom hunting, put this place on your radar — the ranger told us you can find ginormous mushrooms from morels to oysters and many other varieties depending on the time of year of course.
Hot springs in their natural state – no man made formations here. It was glorious alternating soaks between the hot therapeutic waters and the cool icy river.
In a nutshell, our trip was nothing short of glorious, how could it not have been? Campsite after campsite, one after another, all river front, all private and all breathtaking. I miss my morning cups of coffee strolling the rivers edge and watching hubby fish.
I also made a successful breakfast pizza on that trip. Successful for me in a big way because the crust was grain and gluten free and hubby and B didn’t even notice! All I heard was, “Wow, this is really good!” I’ve been following a ketogenic (keto for short) way of eating now for a while and I have been slowly trying to convert the boys without their knowledge. It’s kind of working. So with the success of this pizza, well, it made my day.
For the pizza crust I used Julian’s Bakery Paleo Pizza Crust Mix. I pressed the crust into my cast iron skillet and par baked it at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes. I then added the toppings, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, cooked and crumbled bacon with four cracked eggs on top. A sprinkle of salt and a good turn of pepper and into the oven at 425 degrees it went for about 15 minutes. If you like your eggs on the runny side — I would start watching the pizza around minute 10.
Thank you for being here and more importantly: HAPPY FATHERS DAY XOXO
PS: here is a handy brochure explaining all there is to do along this beautiful stretch of road. We are convinced that planning road trips along scenic byways are some of the best road trips to be had.