We're currently in Stanley hanging out with a friend and some of the locals that are around. It's very snowy here and it's also very cold at night but during the day it's been a wonderful 30 to 40 degrees. which isn't too bad out here. Of course, Lylah loves it and is constantly running around in the snow burying her head in it. She is in heaven as far as she's concerned and of course, she gets to hang out with her friends and play all day long. It's nice to see her have a break and get to stretch and be free.
As for Gimli, he is not liking the cold. He has trouble starting because of the cold nights but luckily my friend is willing to give a jump if necessary. For Gimli, it seems anything below 8 degrees is unacceptable. So for the next go around we will be adding in a heating coil for the engine so that my engine has an easier time with starting back up when I need it to. Of course, there will be one or two things that I also will be updating along with that addition but for the most part, it's smaller things that will be added in. I feel like Gimli is just on the verge of being perfect.
I also have discovered how much I love it up here in Idaho. I want to explore more North of where we are currently but haven't had the time to do so. Im hoping next go around ill get more North and explore a bit more. If you guys have any suggestions for North Idaho please let me know. I would love to have some recommendations as I did for South Dakota.
Now I did say before that Stanley is a place that may not be for you if your dog is not trained well or if you are unsure of off-leash dogs because they are everywhere, and I still stand by that. The dogs that live up here are 100% free and they are all sweet (from what I have encountered) but if your dog is reactive and has terrible recall then it might be best to not come here during the busy season. In the winter the locals are really the only ones around or people come up from Ketchum for some back-country skiing and that would be a good time to let your dog go crazy out in the snow without too much trouble. Just be aware of the temperatures and the forecast because it can get pretty rough this far North in the mountains.
If you are not a winter person and don't want to risk those factors or hate the cold it would then be best to come here in the fall or spring just because it is gorgeous at that time of the year. And if they had a drier season then the mosquitoes are quite minimal but be aware that it does have more people and dogs around so that is a factor to keep in mind.
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