After the California national parks in May 2014 I drove northeast through Nevada, past Beatty, Tonopah, its vastness of Black Rock, Hot Creek and the Ruby Mountains near Wells into Idaho. I found the Craters of the Moon, the Lost River Range near MacKay and into the Challis NF, north of the Salmon River. Lick Creek was a welcome respite of high runoff, yellow warblers and a bugling trio of elk. Curious name for a place-lick smacking good? Salt lick? Anyway I spent three nights here, looking for grizzly bear but no sign of any; I did have bear spray and slept in back of my pickup. I was surrounded by sagebrush, aspen, willows and spruce.