After some solar upgrades, we headed off to Hayspur Fish Hatchery to meet up with some friends we met online.
We hadn’t ever been there before… we actually never even knew it existed! There’s so many places in our Idaho backyard that we still are learning about!
Justin and Stacy Ford – who run their own blog at optingoutofnormal.com – are an awesome couple who happen to have a similar solar setup to ours. They also full time in their fifth wheel, which coincidentally also happens to be manufactured by Grand Design. Nathan met Justin online in a solar Facebook group, and they let us know they were passing through the area. We had enough space between plans that we decided to meet up and spend some time with them.
Hayspur Fish Hatchery is near Hailey, Idaho – which is also not too far from historic Sun Valley Idaho.
The Hayspur Campground lets you stay up to 16 days. There is water onsite, but no dump, and no electricity. There is a free dump in Hailey, however. For almost our entire stay, the place was quiet, with only a few other trailers camped out on the property. Nancy and John visited us for a weekend to test out their new solar install.
But then Memorial Day Weekend happened! It got crazy! I’ll admit it was fun watching them all go home that Monday.
During our stay we took Justin and Stacy on a day trip up to Stanley. One of our stops was at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. They just happened to be tagging (and clipping the adipose fins) of the young fish while we were there. We got to learn a lot about the process. We then visited Redfish Lake, Stanley itself with lunch at Papa Brunees, and then Stanley Lake.
A few days after our Stanley visit, we hit up Craters of the Moon. Craters is only a short drive from Hayspur. Nathan and I hadn’t been there in a while, so we were able to revisit some memories.
After our 16 days was up at Hayspur, Stacy and Justin invited us to follow them to Yellowstone and spend a week in the area. That post will be coming next.