On the road again – heading north from Moab, Utah, we take the two lane through Price and Helper, then back on the big road – I-15 through Provo and into Salt Lake City. Wow, no wonder they call it the Great Salt Lake.

The smell of the salt in the air is stronger than at the Gulf Of Mexico and the water goes as far as the eye can see.

After a free night of camping at the Flying J truck stop, it was time to head west on I-80 through the Great Salt Lake Desert and into the Bonneville Salt Flats.

We are sad to find out that nothing is going on at Bonneville Speedway, but we still have to ride out there and look at “the fastest place on earth”.

Continuing on I-80 into Nevada, we are anxious  to exit the interstate, so we hang a right onto highway 93 north and enjoy the scenic trip into Jackpot, NV then straight into Twin Falls, ID.

 

Now, back east, the only thing we ever hear about Idaho, is their famous potatoes.

Whoever knew how beautiful this state is.

The first thing we find, just out of Twin Falls, is the Snake River Canyon. Where Evel Knievel attempted his famous jump.

We decide to spend some time in this area, so we get on the internet and find a small campground just west of town that has great reviews and accepts Passport America discounts for a great rate of $18.00 a night for full hook-ups with 50 amp electric and a great wi-fi connection.

Upon arrival, at the High Adventure River Tours RV Park/ Store and Dutch Oven Café, we meet the owner, Randy, who immediately invites us to the awesome prime rib dinner. As we ate, we chatted with him and his parents and realized, not only is this state awesome, but the people here are as well. Good ol’ hard workin’ country farming types, that see people for who they are, and treat them like they are part of the family. Well before you know it, we are offered some work to offset our camping fees and realize that work camping doesn’t have to be miserable after all.

Four days into our stay, we had a terrible wind storm – 84 mph gusts and 60 mph sustained wind, which knocked out power to the area and caused our power inverter and both of our televisions to smoke. Call Progressive Insurance and see how they treat us…we’ll let you know…

Anyway, Randy keeps a well-kept campground and the windstorm created more work for his new, ambitious, maintenance crew.

We know that our stay here will be very short-term-temporary, so we go out at every opportunity to tour the area.

We are attracted back to the Snake River Canyon, and find Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake. The falls are known as the Niagara of the west and are a must see if you are ever in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decide to take the mile and a half hike (which was riddled with snakes)

to the site where one of our heroes, Evel Knievel, apparently had a lapse in judgement and thought it would be a good idea to try to make it to the other side. All that is left is a giant mound of dirt at the edge of the canyon wall.

Making our way back past the snakes (Is this why they call it the Snake River?), we make the short trip to a place that reminded us of another time, when kids were allowed to be kids and jump from the cliffs at Dierkes Lake.

While in the area, we saw smoke, then flames on the other side of the canyon. We were excited to watch a skilled pilot/firefighter work tirelessly to fight the wild fires.

Back into Twin Falls, we find they were having their annual Western Days Celebration and we take in some of the local flavor.

Along comes our 28th wedding anniversary and Tracy has been dreaming of soaking in a mineral hot spring, so down the Thousand Springs Trail to the Miracle Hot Springs location that Randy’s Mom, Peggy, told us about. She was right, it was perfect.

We treated ourselves to fresh ice cream at the Clover leaf Creamery in the town of Buhl, where they still sell milk in glass bottles.

 

 

 

A quick trip by the Hagerman Fish Hatchery and we realize that we have only been here a week, traveling about a 30 mile radius from the campground, and we have only started to see this state.

Who knew…Idaho?!?

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