Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Perrine Memorial Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho


Massive and impressive architecture isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you picture rural Idaho. However, the Perrine Memorial Bridge outside of Twin Falls is a stunning example of large scale engineering. The towering truss arch is especially interesting when you consider the surrounding communities have few buildings taller than 3 stories high.  The bridge is a vital connection for Twin Falls. It carries Highway 93 over the Snake River Canyon. It's also a great tourist destination. There are pedestrian walkways on the bridge as well as overlooks on the canyon edges on either side of the bridge. The sides of the bridge are popular locations for BASE jumping.

Location: The bridge is on the north side of Twin Falls on Highway 93.  It is 5 miles south of I-84

Hiking Distance and Time: Plan for about 10 minutes if all you want to do is get out of your car and take a quick look at the bridge.  However, you can make your visit last longer if you want to walk across the bridge or explore the canyon rim trail on the south side of the canyon.

Cost: Free to visit.  The Visitor Center on the South side of the bridge is also free.

Helpful Websites:  https://visitidaho.org/things-to-do/roadside-attractions/perrine-bridge/

Date of Visit: Saturday May 5, 2018

The Perrine Bridge was second stop of the first day of our Idaho Road Trip in May of 2018, We left Shoshone Falls Park and drove less than 5 miles into Twin Falls to find the bridge.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shoshone Falls - Twin Falls, Idaho


For Americans, Niagara Falls is the ultimate waterfall.  Every waterfall in the country is compared to this icon. "The Niagara of the West" is found in Twin Falls, Idaho. This dramatic waterfall is actually higher than Niagara Falls by 45 feet.

Location: East of Twin Falls, Idaho. The falls are about 5 miles east of Blue Lakes Boulevard in Twin Falls

Cost: $3 per car. Season Passes are $25

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open all year. Fees are charged from March 1st to the end of September.  Peak flow on the waterfall can be seen from April to July.

Official Website: www.tfid.org/index.aspx

Date of Visit: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Shoshone Falls was first stop of the first day of our Idaho Road Trip in May of 2018, but we very well could have camped at City of Rocks National Reserve near Almo the night before, and then driven to Shoshone Falls in the morning.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

City of Rocks National Reserve - Almo, Idaho



City of Rocks National Reserve is a strange collection of massive granite rocks in the southern part of Idaho near the border with Utah and Nevada. The scenery can be enjoyed by anyone of any skill level. There are a number of hikes ranging in distance throughout the reserve. The rocks themselves are popular with rock climbers.

Location: City of Rocks is located near the border between Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. The nearest town is Almo.  The nearest town you may have heard of is Burley which is 50 miles to the north.

Cost: Entrance to the Reserve is Free.  Camping is $12.72 a night with a $10.60 reservation fee.  Reservations are highly recommended on weekends and during the summer months.

Operating Seasons and Hours:  The Reserve is open all year long.  However the roads are gravel and may not be accessible during winter months. The Visitor Center is located in the town of Almo and is open every day from mid April to mid October and open Tuesday through Saturday from mid October through mid April.

Official Websitewww.nps.gov/ciro/index.htm

Date of Visit: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, 2018

My family decided that our 2018 Road Trip should help us get acquainted with our new home state of Idaho. City of Rocks National Reserve would have been the first stop of the first day of our Idaho Road Trip, but we decided to check it out during Spring Break about a month and a half before the actual road trip.  We very well could have made this the first stop after leaving Pocatello. and then continued on with the rest of the trip.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Roosevelt Lodge - Yellowstone National Park



The Wild West lives on at Roosevelt Lodge. The rustic lodge building was built in 1920 and, aside from the modern cars in the parking lot, you'll think you've gone back in time. Cabins surround the lodge and offer an affordable lodging option. The most popular things to do in the area all involve horses. You throughout the day you can go on a stage coach ride or a horse back ride. The signature activity in the area is a wagon ride to an Old West style cookout dinner. 

Location: Roosevelt Lodge is located in the Northwest corner of the park at Tower Junction where the Grand Loop intersects with the North East Entrance Road.

Hiking Distance and Time: There are a few hikes in the area.  Lost Creek Falls is only .02 miles.  The Lost Lake/Petrified Tree trail is a 3.5 mile loop.

Open Season: Roosevelt Lodge has the shortest operating season in the park. Most amenities are only offered during June, July, and August. Check the official website for exact dates.

Cost: Check the official websites for prices of activities, dining, and lodging.

Official Websites: Activities, Dining, Lodging

Date of Visit: July-August of 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is the 24th of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. At first these aren't going to be in any particular order, but in a few months I'll start grouping them into lists. This one would probably fit into a list such as most relaxing areas of the park.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Artist Paint Pots - Yellowstone National Park


Many features in Yellowstone are known for putting on big shows. There's the height of Old Faithful, the size of Grand Prismatic Spring, or the volume of Lower Falls.  But one of the most memorable features in the park is a humble little hot spring that shoots up spurts of mud.  Watching mud bubbles form and then pop in unpredictable patterns is always a joy at Artist Paint Pots.

Location: Artist Paint Pots is located on the eastern side of the lower loop of the Grand Loop Road. The parking lot for Artist Paint Pots is located 4 miles south of the Norris Geyser Basin.  And 10 miles northeast of Madison Junction.

Hiking Distance and Time: The trail is 1 mile round trip. Plan for about an hour or longer depending on how long you watch the Paint Pots.

Open Season: May through October (Though the trails can be very muddy in May.)

Date of Visit: Friday August 11, 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is the 23rd of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. At first these aren't going to be in any particular order, but in a few months I'll start grouping them into lists. This one would probably fit into a list such as best boardwalk hikes in the park.

Tower Fall - Yellowstone National Park


Tower Fall is often billed as being a feature on par with Yellowstone Falls and Old Faithful.  But that is not the reality.  The viewpoint for the waterfall has two huge flaws that mar the experience of visiting this waterfall.  1. You can't see the full waterfall from the viewpoint. and 2. The parking area is often over-crowded.  Save yourself the headache and skip this waterfall.

Location: Tower Fall is on the eastern side of the upper loop of the Grand Loop Road.  It is 1 mile south of Roosevelt Lodge and 16 miles north of Canyon Village.

Hiking Distance and Time:  The viewpoint for the waterfall is only 100 yards down a paved trail.  The whole hike could take as little as 5 minutes.

Open Season: The road between Roosevelt and Tower Fall generally opens the second week of May. In 2018 it is scheduled to open May 11. The road between Canyon Village and Tower Fall opens the end of May.

Date of Visit: Monday, June 12, 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is the 22nd of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. At first these aren't going to be in any particular order, but in a few months I'll start grouping them into lists. This one would probably fit into a list such as, most overrated features  in the park.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Calcite Springs - Yellowstone National Park

Calcite Springs themselves are small thermal springs at the base of a cliff.  You view them from far away and they aren't all that interesting. But the whole landscape on display at the Calcite Springs View Point is interesting. You can look into a section of the Yellowstone river canyon and see millions of years of geologic history displayed in distinct and prominent layers.

Location: The Calcite Springs Parking Area is located on the eastern side of the upper loop of the Grand Loop Road.  The area is 1 mile southeast of Roosevelt Lodge.  And 1 mile from Tower Fall.

Hiking Distance and Time: This is a short boardwalk trail that is less than 1000 feet.  You can walk the whole distance in about 15 minutes.

Open Season: The road between Roosevelt and Tower Falls generally opens the second week of May.  In 2018 it is scheduled to open May 11.  It closes again in mid-October.

Date of Visit: Monday June 12, 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is the 21st of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. At first these aren't going to be in any particular order, but in a few months I'll start grouping them into lists. This one would probably fit into a list such as most interesting boardwalk trails in the park.


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