Our family has this tradition since my hubby came back from deployment that we go camping for the Fourth of July. Last year we explored the Dworshak Dam area, and we really loved the proximity to the water, the spacious (and spaced out) camping spots and as a parenting bonus because its a State Park there was a Junior Ranger activity (and badge).
This year, since we had to pick up our daughter in Riggins Idaho from a family thing, we chose to camp in that area to make it easier on ourselves.
Last year we camped between Riggins and Whitebird, and we were so miserable with zero tree's meaning no shade and our only savior was the salmon being a 2-minute walk away.
So when we figured out we needed to camp outside of Riggins I was desperate to find a solution so that I wasn't burning to a crisp again. So onto Facebook with an SOS to my friends and family I went and they did not let me down. Within two-days multiple people told me I HAD to go to the Seven Devils Campground which is about 18-miles outside of Riggins. Highlight it's free and it's not even a 4-minute hike to Seven Devils Lake.
Now for a camping trip that was almost canceled because of snow warnings on the trails and not being able to reserve the camp spot, the hubby and I were so so grateful that we had decided to go anyway. The "no trailers, RV's etc" type warning made perfect sense once we got on the narrow dirt road, but holy smokes the views for the 18-mile drive were so worth it. The Seven Devil Mountains raised up like huge welcoming arms to any outdoor adventure junkies and once we hit the campground we were sold...not to mention the three-heard of horses that greeted us and really loved our car and my hubby just a wee-bit too much.
Most of the camp sites came with a table and all of them came with a fire pit. Like I mentioned earlier, from no matter where you were in the campground you were no more then a 5-10 minute easy going hike to the Seven Devils lake which is snow fed and just beautiful (and a great spot for fishing if it's your thing.) There were vault toilets but no showers, although once again the lake was near by so if you really needed it, you always had that option.
There was over 28-miles of hiking loops and most of the trails were also horse trails which just opens up possibilities. The campground had so many cool rocks everywhere my kids were having a blast mini-bouldering everywhere. And the best part was that there was TREES. Lots and lots of trees. We had shade and I didn't burn to a crisp like I had the year prior. And of course, when there's trees, there's our ENO hammock...which has been officially labbeled as our built-in camping babysitter. Since as soon as that thing goes up, our kids are there. Hanging out, sometimes fighting over who gets what spot, reading, napping etc etc etc.
To end our fourth of July festivities, due to having to be at work Tuesday morning, we scooted up North back home on Monday afternoon and ended with BBQ-ing it up and having some fun with fireworks and Ice Cream.
The most important thing for the hubby and I is to always have a good adventure but to have it with our kids as often as we can. Letting the kids boulder around a bit, hanging out in the hammock, summiting our hike around the lake, getting messy with ice cream and screaming with joy for the fireworks...all of these things are what makes our family...our family. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
With Grace + Guts