My husband and I were heading to McCall, Idaho for the weekend for his family reunion. There is a family cabin there at the lake where we could have stayed, but the family has grown since the days that they bought the cabin, and we decided that would would probably enjoy our adventure more if we could enjoy all the nieces and nephews all day, and enjoy a little solitude on our own in the evening. Of course, we decided this about 5 days before we were supposed to be there, and summer in McCall is a hard time to find lodging. Add to the mix that we were bringing our dog, and that left us two options. The Motel 6 in town, which accepts pets, was around $100/night. There was only one place available on AirBnB for those dates that allowed pets. At $55/night, it was a no-brainer to choose this one over the Motel 6 in town, and did we ever make the right choice. The location was even more epic than the pictures can capture. On our arrival the first evening, we startled the herd of elk (mothers and babies) browsing within a hundred yards of the cabin porch. Even the outhouse had a grand view of the river below. Speaking of outhouses, the cabin is quite primitive, with no electricity or indoor plumbing. I actually knew about the outhouse situation before arriving, but realizing that there was literally no power – no lights, no outlets for charging my phone, nothing – that certainly bumped it into MicroAdventure territory for me. There were also not really walls, in the way that you might think of them. The walls were plywood for the lower 3 or 4 feet, and there was a solid roof on the place. The rest was all screening, which gave an epic 360 degree view from the very comfortable full-sized bed. There were some heavy canvas blinds that could have been lowered if there was inclement weather, but we didn’t use them as the weather was beautiful the whole time we were there. I mentioned in in earlier post that the kinds of microadventures I’m looking for these days are the ones that encourage me to sit still for a minute and relax. I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect than the porch in this place. I watched the stars come out from the porch in the evening, wrapped in a blanket. And we were woken by the sound of a coyote yipping down on the river the next morning, early enough to watch the clouds lift up out of the river bottom as the sun rose. While there was no power, there was a cute little propane stove and a teapot that you could use to brew up some tea or coffee in the morning. There were bird feeders scattered around the property and the birds were very active in the mornings and evenings. The host’s hospitality was great, including that he sent us a half pound of Costa Rican coffee after our stay, because he felt badly that he hadn’t been around either of the mornings we were there in order to invite us over over a cuppa. Overall, it was a really positive experience. It’s my impression that most of the places on AirBnB are not quite as primitive (in fact, many of them are quite fancy), but regardless of the experience I’m looking for, I’ll definitely try them again next time we are traveling and want something a little more solid than car camping. If you want to try it too, click through to AirBnB and sign up. If you want to find this place, search for locations in McCall, Idaho and limit it to less than $60. The place is called Crooked Aspen River Camp, and tell John that we sent you!
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