Idaho -- More than potatoes!
You may be wondering (or not) why I spent a week in South Central Idaho. The truth is, this area was chosen because it was halfway between West Yellowstone, MT and my next destination, the Columbia River Gorge. That said, once I started researching "what to do", I was quite surprised at how ignorant I am about the history, terrain and sites to see.
Home base was Eden, Idaho (pop. 406, including me); just outside Twin Falls. On the way, I stopped to walk on the moon (see photos), and while I missed 2 or 3 sites on my list (life challenges distracted me), I really enjoyed my time here. Both the city of Twin Falls and the countryside of Eden offered great cycling, too.
The biggest surprise is that this area is naturally arid, desert land (think Nevada). It's called "the Magic Valley" because a series of dams along the Snake River (yes, from the Tetons snow melt) created canals & an irrigation system that "magically" turned this from uninhabitable to farmland.
The people I met could not have been nicer though my journey out of town was led with the song, "Play that Funky Music" as indeed it was very white, boy. Say what you will.
6/28/2015 04:06:34 pm
I guess Idaho does have more to offer. Loved the photos.
7/1/2015 12:51:14 pm
Thanks! Yes, I wish had time for Hell's Canyon & Sandpoint!
6/29/2015 02:59:19 am
OK, so now you are looking to get into car ads? Not a bad scheme.
7/1/2015 12:51:52 pm
Too bad Honda stopped making the Element! It's too good of a car!
6/30/2015 06:35:45 pm
I am so behind on my blog reading... your photos are amazing ... and you have convinced me that I can never consider visiting Yellowstone -- hate crowds, especially in places that are not meant to be crowded. Cant wait to see the Columbia River Gorge again.
7/1/2015 12:52:55 pm
Word is to in May or September but honestly, I don't get the big draw!
7/12/2015 05:10:35 am
Loved those pictures of Idaho. It's my favorite state except for skiing. There's some beautiful backcountry there.
7/12/2015 01:07:04 pm
Gary ... good to hear from you! So, is Colorado the skiing state? Yes, I did love the surprise of Idaho and the friendliest people there, too. Are you still riding on Sunday or has the heat finally hit the "too high"? j.
7/13/2015 01:48:45 pm
Yes, Colorado has plenty of space up and down for skiing. But Idaho has a lot of beautiful country, and not many people. I didn't go on this past Sunday's ride, but did do the Walnut Creek Trail on Saturday. We're in the mid 90s right now, too hot to ride in the middle of the day. The thought of Oregon makes me jealous.
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