Shoulder season is always tough--fondly looking back on adventures of the season that was but still unable to jump into the next season's sports. That dusting of snow in the hills feels like winter is taunting us a bit, but that's still no reason not to plan ahead.
Of course, planning ahead becomes a little more challenging when the reservations you thought you had are suddenly canceled on you. Such is the dilemma of many who had reserved yurts near Idaho City run by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
Jennifer Okerlund, communications manager for Parks and Rec, said the cancellations came after officials decided to review the liability and insurance agreement the department had in place with the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the land the yurts are on.
Summer wildfires prompted the review, and Okerlund said Parks and Rec took the opportunity to revamp the deal between the agencies. Unfortunately, since it's an agreement between two government agencies, there are a lot of hoops to jump through, and Parks and Rec is still awaiting final approval.
Once everything is OK'd, Okerlund said the department will call people whose reservations were canceled and offer them the chance to reinstate their reservations.
There's still no ETA for when the deal will be complete but all reservations through the end of the year have been canceled and no new reservations are being accepted.
If you suddenly find yourself yurtless, you can console yourself by either picking up some new-to-you gear on the cheap or by getting rid of some of the gear that's filling your garage.
Backcountry Pursuit opened at 671 S. Capitol Blvd. in downtown Boise roughly a month ago, offering a home for consignment outdoor adventure gear. The store celebrated its grand opening Nov. 3, and owner Tyson Stellrecht said the 1,700-square-foot store is already filled with gear for myriad outdoor sports including plenty of ski gear.
Not limited to one season, the store also sells gear for basically all outdoor sports, Stellrecht said.
"If you can get out in the mountains and play with it, we want it in the store," he said.
Those who want to sell their old gear (clean and in good condition, of course) split a percentage of the sale price with the business--ranging from 50 to 70 percent, depending on the cost of the item. Stellrecht said he already has plans to open a tent room in the store and hopes to expand the selection of high-end mountain bikes.
The store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more info call 208-429-1124 or visit backcountrypursuit.com.