We rode to the trailhead on the other side of the lake, parked our bikes and started hiking. The view was spectacular. There were wildflowers everywhere and not a soul in sight. From our vantage point, we felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves.
The next day, we drove to Ponderosa State Park near McCall and rode our bicycles around the park. We found the perfect bike trail with very little traffic and lots of vegetation....
After lunch, we attempted to kayak on the river connecting the Upper Payette Lake with the Payette Lake. However, the first one third of our trip ended up being a river walk. The second portion required constant paddling as there was very little current. I was pretty worn out by the time we finally reached our destination about three hours later but we had seen some fabulous sights and had encountered few tourists. That evening, we took a walk and photographed our campsite and the lake. The sights were incredible.
We heard that the pioneer trek was a life changing experience. Our little camping trip was a life invigorating experience.