McCall Journals

Summers of Castles, Canyons, Crystal, and Rain

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A June 2002 trip to McCall by Wildcat Dianne

Ruins of Cachtice Photo, Cachtice, Slovakia More Photos
Quote: This is a journal combining two summer vacations, my first visit to Idaho in 1988 and my second visit to Hrad Cachtice in 2002.

Summers of Castles, Canyons, Crystal, and Rain

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Ruins of Cachtice Photo, Cachtice, Slovakia
Quote:
It has been a while since I have written a journal, and I thought, "I haven't written anything on my 1988 trip to Idaho, which was my first trip, or my rainy second trip to the haunted ruins of Hrad Cachtice in Slovakia. So why not combine the two since they were both taken in the summer in different years?!" So here's the rub. My first visit to Idaho was with my Dad in June 1988. Dad had moved here in 1987, and my sister and Mom had come out for their first visit from Rhode Island in 1987 while I waited until 1988. Dad had come back to Rhode Island that June for my sister's high school graduation, and we left for Idaho after that. The trip started off with Dad picking up a hitch...Read More

Crystal Mountain Idaho

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Attraction | "Crystal Mountain"

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Idaho is full of secret little gems that are only known to the locals who live in the area. When Mom and my sister Erika returned from their first Idaho trip in August 1987, they had pictures of this place called Crystal Mountain that Dad had taken them to. I am sure Dad's friend Keith had taken him there when they were cutting wood the previous autumn, and he wanted to take all of us there. I had gone on my first trip to Idaho in June 1988, and of course, Dad had to take me for the obligatory trip to Crystal Mountain. What pray tell is all the hoopla about Crystal Mountain? This is a big rock in the middle of nowhere created mostly from quartz crystal. Dad a...Read More

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Crystal Mountain Idaho
Payette National Forest
Burgdorf, Idaho

A Second and Rainy Trip to Cachtice

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Ruins of Cachtice III Photo, Cachtice, Slovakia
Quote:
Out of all of the places I have visited in my lifetime of travels, the place that fascinates me the most and earns a return visit is the haunted ruins of Hrad Cachtice in Western Slovakia. My first Cachtice journal for Igougo in 2002 was about my first trip to these awesome ruins in September 2001. I returned to Slovakia for a longer stay with my friend Ivan in April 2002, and after being there two months, I was jonesing for a return visit to this mysterious and chilling place that was the sight of so much intrigue and violence during the 16th and early 17th centuries. So, I begged my friend Ivan to go back to Cachtice on his next day off.It was a c...Read More
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When Dad and I made plans for me to come to Idaho for the first time in June 1988, he told me to get in shape because we were going to do a lot of hiking of the trails and sights around McCall, Idaho. I prepared by taking a lot of walks with my dogs Heidi and Andrew along the bike trail near our house in Rhode Island and biked it to my coaching job with the local little league for practices. A couple of days after my arrival in Idaho with Dad, the day came to conquer Brundage Peak. Brundage Mountain and Peak are the big mountain chain outside of McCall. Brundage Mountain has a popular ski resort that caters to locals and ski nuts from Boise and points beyond every Winter. ...Read More

Hell's Canyon Adventure

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All of these hikes around Idaho with Dad during the Summer 1988 could have killed a weaker person, but I went along like a trooper with a taste for adventure and fun during my first visit to a state that I only knew was famous for potatoes. WRONG! Dad said that my sister only whined and moaned and was in worse shape than I was when he took Mom and Erika to Hell's Canyon in 1987, and he didn't want me whining and moaning when he took me. Once again Dad, Tyler, and I jumped in his 1979 Oldsmobile Station Wagon for our adventure to Hell's Canyon along the Idaho/Oregon border. Hell's Canyon is the second largest canyon in the USA next to Arizona's Grand Canyon. At 3,000 feet deep and situa...Read More

Little Luka, Slovakia

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Hrad Luka (Castle) Photo,
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My friend Ivan and I did a lot of hiking and biking throughout Slovakia during the summer of 2002. One hiking trip had us taking the bus to the gypsy village of Bezovec and hiking from there to the ruins of Hrad Tematin. The hike up was on an easy trail, but it was rocky and hilly and I was wondering if I was going to go back to Idaho on crutches. After the arduous hike and a couple of hours exploring the castle ruins, it was time to leave to catch our bus back to Ivan's home in Borovce. But Ivan had another path to take to our bus. It was a downhill hike which was a lot easier than the trip up to Tematin to the little village of Luka, which remains untouched by co...Read More