We mentioned in our chapter yesterday that Kathy and I decided not to try crossing the Teton Pass as the road up to the summit was too long and steep and we were worried that we might damage our car's transmission. Our alternate route roughly follows the Snake River down to the south of Jackson and then turns northwest and flows on to Idaho Falls, Idaho. This alternate route was only around 20 miles longer and as it turned out it may very well have been a much more scenic route. Furthermore, since we were basically driving in the same direction as the flow of the river, much of our drive was downhill and as we later determined the elevation of Idaho Falls at 4,700 feet, was approximately 1,500 feet below Jackson. I remember an old Donald Duck cartoon wherein Donald set out to roller skate to Florida because according to his map, Florida was downhill from his home. We may have followed the Snake River as it flowed downhill, but there sure were a lot of sections of our highway that went steeply uphill so if nothing else, this again proves that Donald's theory was false. Unfortunately picture taking along much of the Snake River was difficult because we were on a two lane road and what few pulls off there were did not offer good photo opportunities. This photo of Kathy and Cabo was taken at a section of the river that was dammed thereby creating the very popular Palisades Reservoir.
The weather here in Idaho Falls continues to be near perfect with temperatures last night dropping to around 50 degrees and today the sun is shining and we expect the temperature to rise to a high of only 84 degrees. The humidity is projected to be only around 30% which is quite a departure from what we would be experiencing had we spent the summer in Florida. Yesterday afternoon we drove to downtown Idaho Falls to look around although a stop at Walmart was our major activity. This morning however, our plan is to visit the "famous" Idaho Falls' Farmer's Market which is held every Saturday morning during the warmer months, and then spend time walking along the banks of the Snake River as it makes it way through Idaho Falls. There is a wonderful park along both sides of the river that the city has named the "Greenbelt".
By early afternoon we were all tired of being tourists so we returned to our RV park determined to rest up for our drive tomorrow over to Twin Falls, Idaho. We are definitely excited, although perhaps "mildly interested" is a better choice of words, to learn whether the Twin Falls is larger than the Idaho Falls. We will send you photos to share with you our findings. Anyway, Twin Falls is shown on the map above and as you can see it too is located on the historical Snake River.