I arrived in McCall on Oct 28 and immediately felt pressure to get set up for the winter. This was not an ordinary winter camp – I’ve stayed in the mountains for each of the past 6 winters in a camper; this time however, I had a storage locker full of my “stuff” that had to be transferred into my new 5th wheel (much more on that soon!)
The first 4 days were stellar, and I knew that for McCall Idaho I was “on borrowed time”. Afternoons were mild (55-65) and the days were generally sunny. I even managed to get in a few sessions on Payette Lake – as late as Oct 31 in my kayak (see below).
As you saw in my brief video above, it was a very tranquil day on the lake BUT the clouds told a story. McCall is only about 400 – 450 miles from the Pacific Coast and the clouds were a sign of a major change about to happen in the weather. The sun rose the next morning, November 1, but it was not visible through a thick layer of clouds.
By later on the 2nd of November, temperatures were near freezing and it began to snow, but the real snow came on the 3rd when about 6 inches fell in big, wet flakes! I shot some video from inside my new camper on the morning of Friday November 3rd showing off the rapidly accumulating snow – so rapidly in fact, I was able to go cross-country skiing on November 4! Here are few photos below…
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Yesterday, the 4th was a spectacular (and chilly) morning. Temperatures were in the low 20’s – perfect for some time out on the golf course (skiing)! Today as I write this from a local coffee house, its snowing (again) – about another 3 inches (so far). With a 2nd cross-country session this morning, kayaking on Payette Lake just 5 short days ago is a fading memory.
Brundage is reporting over 16 inches of snow in the past 3 days and opening day grows close – perhaps VERY close! I’m going to return to my camper, shoot some video around the outside and begin to share details with you about what I bought – and why. Stay tuned!