Monday, June 22, 2015
Chapter 15 - Idaho Falls to Twin Falls, Idaho
Our drive today from Idaho Falls to Twin Falls, Idaho was approximately 165 miles and we were on the road a little over three hours. Almost the entire drive was on the interstates and the road was mostly straight with only gentle elevation changes. The speed limit was 80 mph so with our driving around 58 mph it is understandable that everyone passed us all morning long. That was fine with us. No stress. The scenery did not vary much from what we have become accustomed, although the farm plantings were now mostly potatoes and wheat and because of the dry climate huge sprinkler systems were in use almost everywhere. We crossed the Snake River on numerous occasions and we were not surprised to see signs along the interstate informing us that the highway was generally following the Oregon Trail. According to Kathy the sign was very similar to one of the patches on her jacket. Kathy has been for many, many years a prolific collector of souvenir patches.
Our campground is about five miles north of the Snake River and the City of Twin Falls. Since we needed to make a few food purchases, some gas, and most importantly, a bottle of gin, we headed south to Twin Falls to find the stores. To our remarkable surprise we discovered that the Snake River passes through the area in a deep canyon much like the Niagara River runs through a gorge below the falls. We had to cross a long bridge over the canyon to get into the city. We knew immediately that we had lots of sites to visit tomorrow.
We drove away from our campground by 8:30 am very anxious to view the Snake River Canyon and all of the sights associated with this totally unexpected tourist attraction. We stopped at the Visitor's Center on the south side of the bridge where they had a viewing platform overlooking the gorge. The photograph to the right does not, cannot, do the view justice. I know that we have said this before but the sights we keep encountering out here in the west, continue to amaze us. Deep in the canyon on both sides of the Snake River are golf courses that I knew immediately we had to visit.
This afternoon Kathy and Cabo did the wash while I wrote this blog and made our reservations for tomorrow. I also set up our grill so that Cabo and I could cook and eat our Idaho beef burgers tonight while Cabo's mother, well, she could prepare and eat her green stuff. Tomorrow it is Boise or bust.