Orofino, Idahome

Last week, we were able to take a mini vacation to Orofino in Northern Idaho. It was one of the most memorable trips we’ve been on since our honeymoon to Maui last October! We stayed in beautiful places, ate amazing meals & laughed the entire weekend.

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We’re goin’ on a road trip!

On the morning we were to arrive in Orofino, we made a pit stop in front of Payette Lake in Mccall to stretch our legs before we had to sit in the car for a couple hours.

Heather and Scotty

Heather and Scotty

We went up with Scott’s sister, Heather, and met their mom, Kim, in Lapwai. We stopped there to pay a quick visit to Scott’s grandparents before we continued on to Orofino. There we met two good friends of Kim, who instantly felt like family. Mike, who is a native of Orofino and expert on all interesting facts of his hometown and his wife Lynn, who grew up in Boise and is one of the sweetest ladies ever! It was one of those times where you just connect with people… like you feel you’ve known them a long time. Hence the laughter all weekend long!

Mike and Kim

Mike and Kim at the restaurant, The River’s Edge.

When we got to Orofino we stopped at the restaurant in front of our hotel, The River’s Edge, to have lunch and meet up with Mike and Lynn. Then, we checked in to the Lodge at The River’s Edge, the #1 Best Western in the Country. It had an incredible view.

We made sure to get in some girl time & Lush facials, too.

Love Lettuce Facials

Love Lettuce Facials

Scott catching the view right outside our hotel room

Scott catching the view right outside our hotel room

photobomb!

photobomb!

Heather and Mama

Heather and Mama

The next day, we went out on the lake to play on Mike & Lynn’s boat, the Water Dog. Dworshak Dam & Reservoir was gorgeous. Mike told us it spanned 57 miles East and it was all federally owned, so it will always be left natural and untouched.

View of Dworshak Reservoir from the boat ramp

View of Dworshak Reservoir from the boat ramp

Mike took us to a private floating dock/pool in the middle of the lake, about 25 miles up the reservoir.

The water was so warm... almost 70 degrees

The water was so warm… almost 70 degrees

We were going to hit up salmon fishing, but it happened to close 3 weeks earlier than usual. It is apparently a weird year for salmon fishing and during our trip there was a serious heat wave which had temperatures soaring around 100! It was hotter than Boise while we were there. We cast out for a little while just for fun.

Lynn and I caught a butterfly.

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After our day on the water, we headed down the road to Kamiah, Idaho. We stopped at the Kamiah Hotel to have a great steak dinner before we checked into the lodge.

After a day in the sun and a good dinner, I was exhausted and happy.

On our way to Flying B Ranch

On our way to Flying B Ranch

From there we continued to the Flying B Ranch, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. This place is nestled in a canyon in Kamiah and is a central hub and national destination for hunters every fall.

The Flying B Ranch, Kamiah, Idaho

The Flying B Ranch, Kamiah, Idaho

In front of the Flying B

In front of the Flying B

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The view looking East from the West side of the lodge.

The view looking East from the West side of the lodge.

We were really excited to get in the hot tub, have a drink and relax.

The cliffs on the front side of the lodge.

The cliffs on the front side of the lodge.

The huge cliffs right  in front of the lodge

The huge cliffs right in front of the lodge

Looking to the sunset in the West

Looking to the sunset in the West

When it got dark out, we could see a million stars and it was really breath taking. We made sure to explore the lodge, which we had completely to ourselves. Not one other person was there besides our party. Not even the owners. They had an emergency and had to leave before we got there. Heather and I were making up conversations between two mounted elk named Bob and Steve…it was gettin’ funny.

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The lobby in the lodge

Artwork on moose antlers

Artwork on moose antlers

The next morning, we drove into town to have breakfast at a cute little bakery in Kamiah. This tiny little town had the greatest restaurants and shops. I began to fall in love with these part of Idaho I’d never seen before.

Side door to Hearthstone Bakery and Teahouse

Side door to Hearthstone Bakery and Teahouse

It was time to put on our orange hats and head back to the ranch. We were going to go shoot some clay pigeons.

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Lynn was a sharp shooter.

Lynn shooting

Lynn shooting

Scotty and Mama

Scotty and Mama

This is a great picture of Scott... I caught the shell ejecting from the gun

This is a great picture of Scott… I caught the shell ejecting from the gun and smoke coming out of the chamber

Here’s a video of Lynn and Scott shooting:

Lynn & Scott got some good shots! And we all have sore shoulders.

Posted by Michaela Wiley-Bickish on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mike caught this great pic of us four walking down to the next station

Mike caught this great pic of us four walking down to the next station

We hit up ten stations and like I said, there was a heat wave while we were there-so it felt like we were cooking. After shooting, we were really tired. We headed back to Orofino to clean up and relax for a couple hours before we all met up again for dinner.

Our last night in Orofino, before dinner

Our last night in Orofino, before dinner

Our last dinner was great. I had grilled salmon on a cedar plank and triple chocolate tort for dessert. We all recommend The River’s Edge restaurant if you’re ever in Orofino! We visited about our weekend and talked about a trip back up in the fall for steelhead fishing.

The last night in the hotel, we stayed up late laughing and telling stories.

We got to enjoy our own hot tub in our suite

We got to enjoy our own hot tub in the suite

Enjoying the sunset

Enjoying the sunset from the balcony

Our last morning, we packed up and enjoyed the view before we left the hotel.

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After breakfast, we topped off the truck and headed towards home. Mike and Lynn were kind enough to drive with us for an hour to show us a shortcut so we wouldn’t have to drive back through Lapwai or Grangeville. It saved us an hour of driving time. On the way home Heather, Scott and I talked about our favorite parts of the trip. Heather’s was the Flying B, Scott’s was our day on the water at Dworshak Reservoir, and mine was Flying B.

We loved our trip and couldn’t thank Mike & Lynn enough for showing us just some of the great things Orofino has to offer! We love exploring new places and will definitely be back to Orofino, hopefully soon!

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