The four oldest and I headed up to Fish Creek Meadows Saturday morning. The trees were draped with snow and about two feet or so covered the ground. We loaded up our packs and started out on a forest road up into the woods.
We headed in about a half mile before dropping our packs near Fish Creek. The next several hours were spent trying to beat the sunset (about 4:00) in getting an igloo erected for our overnight accomodations. A gentle snow fell as we worked.
I finished the igloo just as night was falling. I wasn't sure if it was going to be big enough for the five of us, but I at least thought it would be close. Dinner was the next priority, so after putting our sleeping gear in the igloo I got dinner started. We had minestrone soup with salami and then moved into the igloo. It had snowed about 4 inches.
We fit in the igloo, but just barely. We read for several hours before the last of the kids drifted off to sleep around 7:30. I stayed up reading for another hour or so before finally succumbing.
Instead of awaking to several more inches of snow we had the steady drip of rain. The igloo had kept us dry, but it was not designed to be waterproof. We quickly loaded our gear and headed back to the trailhead. I sunk up to my waist several times on the way out, but at least was able to break trail for the kids coming behind me. The picnic shelter at the trailhead offered a much drier altrernative for dining, so we had oatmeal while sitting at a picnic table. We had a great time in our first Idaho igloo.
I'm a father to seven young children and a husband to my beautiful wife Jennifer. I work as a family physician in a small rural hospital in north central Idaho. We enjoy learning more about our Lord as we explore His creation.