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PostSubject: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyTue Jun 17, 2014 7:24 am

In reality, it was just another weekend camp and ride near Cascade, Idaho. However, being fathers day weekend, we had some tag along family members big . One of my son's, my three daughter's, and one of my grandson's accompanied my wife and I.

We only rode on Saturday and don't let the sun fool you, it was really chilly, especially when we hit the high elevations. And to think, this past Thursday it hit 90 something degree's.
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My wife all smiles before we hit the cold(er) temps higher up
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View of Cascade Reservoir on our way up
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Of course I gotta stop at some geocaches along the way. Here's 1 of three we stopped at on the day.
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We parked here while looking for the cache. Son and wife. Wife all bundled up. Even wearing some of my gear to stay warm
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Most of the day was overcast. Luckily, it didn't rain...or snow!
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On the main road up we started seeing some left winter stuff. We started to wonder if we were gonna make it to the top of the ridge.
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But we made it. This place is called 4 corners. Looked like the old 4 Corner sign I had seen on google earth had been cut down
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Surprised some snow from the drifts we had to ride through was still on the TW when we got to 4 Corners
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We attempted to ride south on the ridge on an old sheep trail called the Van Wyck Sheep Trail. We dodged some snow, but got
stopped for good about a 1/2 mile from 4 Corners. We could have ridden around it, but didn't want to tear up the ground, so we just turned around.
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We really were chilly at this point (me and wife)
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Back at 4 Corners there is a snowmobile warming hut. Pretty nice I must admit. We didn't start a fire to warm up, but we could have
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We did spend a little time inside
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After a little warm up, back on the road
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Lots of Forest Service signs to help you navigate...if you have a map or know where these places are! big 
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Late afternoon the sun finally came back out. I think my son is thanking the big guy for this. And my wife is smiling again.
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Stop for the second geocache on the day
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We found it!
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We rode a big loop on the west side of the ridge on different forest service roads. Time to head back.
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And we come to our last geocache on the day after we passed back through 4 Corners. A small micro log only cache
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We had great views of Cascade Reservoir from this cache
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Parked here for the cache, you can see one of the snow drifts we had to ride through both ways on the ride today
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On a side trail we saw a sign that said bridge out. Sure enough, the bridge is out. We did see a go around just down stream, but
we decided to keep heading back to camp as it was getting late.
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Oh, and a little pond near the washed out bridge
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That's about it. Got back to camp, had supper and while the kids sat out by the fire, me and wife totally exhausted go to bed.
Hope you enjoyed.
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PostSubject: Re: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyTue Jun 17, 2014 7:39 am

Man you ride in some beautiful country!, thanks for that ride report.

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PostSubject: Re: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyWed Jun 18, 2014 6:43 pm

It's great riding with family. Glad you guys had a good time.
Thanks for posting

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PostSubject: Re: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyThu Jun 19, 2014 8:33 pm

What a beautiful place for a family ride.  Thanks for the pics!
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PostSubject: Re: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyWed Aug 27, 2014 3:53 pm

Beautiful!!!

I'm glad that you had such a great Father's Day.  cheers

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PostSubject: Re: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyFri Sep 19, 2014 11:37 am

rmcglad55,

Dang, should have checked in here earlier (and more often). Found out earlier this week I could get a ride in. Wanted to ride in the mountains before snow hits, just couldn't think of a destination. Settled on returning and finishing my 3 Fingers Gulch ride, which is ok cause I'm gonna met a new rider in the other forum. However, this ride (3 Finger Gulch part II), could have waited cause it's more of a desert ride and can do it later in the season.

Completely forgot about returning to French Creek. I wanted to return and ride the 2 track along the top of the ridge which was still snowed in. This would have been an excellent ride. Don't want to change up my riding destination just in case someone who hasn't responded shows up. Probably finish this ride next year.

It was a pretty darn good fathers day. I'm love sharing my "outdoor" experiences with my family, and the fact they love the outdoors too.

Take Care,
Kris
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PostSubject: Re: French Creek-Father's Day Weekend   French Creek-Father's Day Weekend EmptyFri Sep 19, 2014 12:28 pm

Be sure to post a few pictures and a ride report, I'm still envious of your riding area..........except for the snow.

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