Day 8 Wayfarer State Park, Big Fork to Swan Valley Centre, Condon
8/11/14 Monday 48 miles
Our first day without proper stove fuel, but we did meet some very friendly people. And have some amazing luck! Unfortunately, some parts of Rt. 83 had really poor shoulders, especially when right next to Swan Lake; killer view! Be careful through here, be aware of what’s coming up behind you and if there’s gonna be a squeeze play of two cars.
Things quietened down quite a bit by the time we got to Swan River. The sun wasn’t calming down however, it was growing more intense if anything. We began looking for spots to get water after the big bend into town and stopped at the Laughing Horse Lodge. It wasn’t currently staffed, but a jogger we had recently passed had caught up to us and offered his help.
Garth lived across the street and when his wife Barb, also jogging, arrived seconds later. Super super nice people! We all walked across the street to their house and filled up on water while getting to know each other.
There was a small waterfall along their waterfront they insisted we saw. It was a waterfall indeed!! And fun goofing around in the shade. Barb threatened to make us lunch if we would stay and swim and relax for a bit. We felt as though we still had a ways to go and knew we were still in grizzly country; so wild camping definitely had a bit of stress to it if that became our only option.
The next place was Swan Valley Centre, which is where we camped after a very hot 48 mile day. Camping was $10 and showers were $4 each. Also available was an automobile service station, cabins, laundry and a small general store. Even more amazing was the one, lone iso-butane sitting on an almost empty shelf. SCORE! Glad we are cooking again! This should last us to Missoula and its REI.