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Tiger4x4RV

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Posted: 06/10/10 08:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DATE DRIVEN: June 7, 2010

MILES: 103

ROAD SURFACE: mostly excellent gravel and dirt, with about 15 miles of pavement at the Grandview end and somewhat less at the Jordan Valley end

OTHER VEHICLES SEEN: Not counting those near the string of ranches on the Jordan Valley end, about 6 or 7, all BLM or county or ranch vehicles.

VEHICLE USED: my Tiger4x4RV, the C that thinks it's a TC. Actually, you could probably drive this in any vehicle that can go about 110 miles between fuel stops as long as the driver doesn't freak out at being so very alone.

OWYHEE? According to ~DJ~, our Boise guru, it is pronounced to rhyme with Hawaii (Uh-Y-ee).

BLM official info, including a downloadable tour booklet: link

As the miles roll by, signs will become even more important than this one.
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This place is for sale.
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Uh-oh!
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Is this what happened to the last person who drove here?
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Animals most frequently sighted were cows. Lots of cows. You don't want photos of cows. Second, in a tie, were these fast little snakes and the even faster pronghorn antelope, tied at about 12 each for the drive.
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That's the North Fork BLM campground way down there by the Owyhee River. No, I didn't camp there. Looked like mosquito heaven.
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Jordan Valley, looking back on the signs at that end of the byway.
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What a great drive, a great day!


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Posted: 06/10/10 08:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I enjoyed your trip and pictures, thanks for sharing

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Posted: 06/10/10 09:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like that countryside, grew up near there...I think the skeleton was just a warning... the snakes would have turned more back... Not me, but Ma? Prob would have made me power-slide the truck the other way... Chris

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Posted: 06/10/10 09:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They must of thought you were the search + rescue! Nice report.


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Thanks for sharing, nice reports and pictures (even they are so little for my old eyes !!)


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Posted: 06/11/10 06:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for a great trip report!! I enjoy the Owyhees every chance I get but hardly a guru!!!! I find new spots every time I go!!!

The Owyhees cover a huge amount of land, everything from forested mountains complete with a ghost town to vast barren lands to the canyonlands. It covers parts of both Idaho and Oregon.

I am still looking for an alleged canyon with Indian petroglyphs!!!

As far as the name goes I heard that in the group exploring and mapping this area were two Hawaiians. They became separated, lost and were never seen again. So the entire region was named after their homeland. I think they tried to spell it like it sounded to them!!

Thanks for sharing a great trip report Tiger!!!


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Posted: 06/11/10 08:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weymard, I'm sorry about the small pictures. I do it that way so they load more quickly.

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Posted: 06/11/10 08:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NIce! I love the signs telling of things up to 70 miles away, on dirt roads. I'd sure have to fill up right before I hit the dirt. DJ, do you know if you can buy a fishing license in Idaho and get the S&R costs paid for like we do in Colorado? I don't fish much but I usually buy the license just for that reason. Of course, that makes me wonder about out of staters who usually only buy a license for a few days - it's expensive for a year.

I'd never heard of this area - thanks for feeding us new places to see.

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Tiger4x4RV wrote:

Weymard, I'm sorry about the small pictures. I do it that way so they load more quickly.


[emoticon] No apologies Tiger, I am not so old [emoticon]

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Posted: 06/11/10 11:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

btggraphix wrote:

NIce! I love the signs telling of things up to 70 miles away, on dirt roads. I'd sure have to fill up right before I hit the dirt. DJ, do you know if you can buy a fishing license in Idaho and get the S&R costs paid for like we do in Colorado? I don't fish much but I usually buy the license just for that reason. Of course, that makes me wonder about out of staters who usually only buy a license for a few days - it's expensive for a year.

I'd never heard of this area - thanks for feeding us new places to see.


The only S&R insurance I have heard of is through SPOT program. It costs around $8 a YEAR in addition to the SPOT fees. It gives you 100,000 dollars worth of S&R insurance in ANY state!! [emoticon]

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