As you know by now I’m from Washington and I’m rather proud of our beautiful state.
But right next door we have a wild and rugged neighbor, Idaho by name, that I have neglected on this blog. So I rummaged through my photos and thought I’d share a few from our travels there. I’ll start with my favorite.
Here we are, camping in the wilds of central Idaho at Stanley (population 69.) It was May and it was cold but we didn’t care.
Because we had this view to ourselves. I had forgotten! I think it’s time to go back.
A bit further south we found majestic Shoshone Falls sometimes called ‘the Niagara of the West.’ I’ve seen the other Niagara and I think the comparison is apt. And here there are no crowds.
Bruneau Sand Dunes
Have you heard of them? I hadn’t either until we stumbled across them on the same road trip. Fortunately I like to pick up postcards in my travels and this one has been at my desk for years, reminding me of our trip and giving me finger tip facts. According to the info on the back these are North America’s tallest sand dunes at 470 feet tall. Who knew?
Craters of the Moon
Last but not least is the otherworldly landscape of Craters of the Moon where lava flowed again and again, thousands of years ago.
I remember taking the short trail to the top of Inferno Cone under the blazing hot sun without carrying water. I have never felt so dry in my entire life. Big lesson learned!
Surprisingly there was vegetation at the top along with wind and panoramic views.
You may have noticed a disproportionate number of pictures from Craters of the Moon. Not because it was more beautiful than other places in Idaho but because we went there more recently. Back in the olden days we judiciously took our pictures on film and hoped we would get a few good ones. And a few good ones is all we got.
So Idaho needs another visit to do it justice.