2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Twin Falls, ID - Anderson Camp - Site 53

Twin Falls, ID - Anderson Camp - Site 53, another view

McCammon to Twin Falls, ID 0 - our route - 128 miles

McCammon to Twin Falls, ID 1 - we saw nothing but farms...

McCammon to Twin Falls, ID 2 - the Snake River as we...

McCammon to Twin Falls, ID 3

McCammon to Twin Falls, ID 4 - downtown Twin Falls

McCammon to Twin Falls, ID 5 - more potato fields

Twin Falls 1 - the Perrine Bridge 486 feet above the Snake...

Twin Falls 2 - kayakers on the Snake River

Twin Falls 3

Twin Falls 4 - the Snake River as it flows through the...

Shoshone Falls 1 - otherwise known as the Niagara of the West,...

Shoshone Falls 2

Shoshone Falls 3 - the Snake River Canyon just West of the...

Twin Falls Falls 1 - it is now only one falls instead...

Twin Falls Falls 2

Twin Falls Falls 3 - the right hand falls used to be...

Twin Falls Falls 4

Twin Falls Falls 5 - a little rainbow at the bottom

Twin Falls Falls 6 - the Snake River Canyon leaving the Twin...

Twin Falls Falls 7 - a nice place overlooking the Snake River...

Crop Dusting 1 - Don't ya think 0530 is a little early...

Crop Dusting 2

Crop Dusting 3

Crop Dusting 4

Crop Dusting 5

City of Rocks Trip 0 - our route - 154 miles

City of Rocks Trip 1 - just a little irrigating going on...

City of Rocks Trip 2

City of Rocks Trip 3 - a new house going up -...

City of Rocks Trip 4

City of Rocks Trip 5

City of Rocks Trip 6

City of Rocks Trip 7

City of Rocks Trip 8

City of Rocks Trip 9

City of Rocks Trip 10 - a small cemetery just outside Almo,...

City of Rocks Trip 11 - the City of Rocks area was...

City of Rocks Trip 12 - a couple of wagons outside the...

City of Rocks Trip 13 - Steinfells Dome on the right, Granite...

City of Rocks Trip 14 - Granite Peak

City of Rocks Trip 15 - Steinfells Dome

City of Rocks Trip 16 - home abandoned during the Great Depression

City of Rocks Trip 17 - Treasure Rock

City of Rocks Trip 18 - all of these garnite rocks were...

City of Rocks Trip 19 - Register Rock where many on the...

City of Rocks Trip 20 - bird nests under Register Rock

City of Rocks Trip 21 - names are found all around the...

City of Rocks Trip 22 - Libby waiting amongst the sage brush

City of Rocks Trip 23 - Twin Sisters Rocks

City of Rocks Trip 24 - rock climbers love this place, apparently...

City of Rocks Trip 25 - Elephant Rock - looks more like...

City of Rocks Trip 26

City of Rocks Trip 27 - we even found an arch

City of Rocks Trip 28 - Libby's favorite kind of road

City of Rocks Trip 29

City of Rocks Trip 30

City of Rocks Trip 31

City of Rocks Trip 32

City of Rocks Trip 33 - even the kids get in the...

City of Rocks Trip 34 - Yep, that's almost straight up!

City of Rocks Trip 35 - can you guess what this is...

City of Rocks Trip 36 - Wild Irises - they are beautiful

City of Rocks Trip 37 - open range and cows crossing the...

City of Rocks Trip 38

Rock Creek 1 - you will have to excuse the bird droppings...

Rock Creek 2 - the general store, saloon, stage stop, etc

Rock Creek 3 - the wet cellar where saloon supplies were kept

Rock Creek 4 - the outside of the wet cellar

Rock Creek 5 - the much larger dry cellar where food was...

Rock Creek 6

Saturday Trip 0 - our route - 201 miles

Saturday Trip 1 - downtown Shoshone, ID

Saturday Trip 2 - I know some of you would die to...

Saturday Trip 3 - Peonies across the street from the flea market...

Saturday Trip 4 - lots of Sage and very few farms North...

Saturday Trip 5 - where the lava tube has collapsed near the...

Saturday Trip 6 - more of the collapse

Saturday Trip 7 - 6,000 years of geology evident here - three...

Saturday Trip 8 - the water freezing inside the cave where it...

Saturday Trip 9 - here the area collapsed is more evident

Saturday Trip 10 - the end of the lava tube that started...

Saturday Trip 11 - the mound with the notch is the volcano,...

Saturday Trip 12

Saturday Trip 13 - an extinct volcano a few miles away

Saturday Trip 14 - a pretty building but not really the cave...

Saturday Trip 15

Saturday Trip 16 - downtown Ketchum, gateway to Sun Valley

Saturday Trip 17

Saturday Trip 18 - Sun Valley

Saturday Trip 19

Saturday Trip 20

Saturday Trip 21

Saturday Trip 22

Saturday Trip 23

Saturday Trip 24 - the ski slopes near Ketchum

Saturday Trip 25 - a plane taking off from the airport at...

Saturday Trip 26 - the museum in Bellevue, ID - I think...

Saturday Trip 27 - our next RV!!!

Saturday Trip 28 - lava flow

Monday Trip 0 - our route - 124 miles

Monday Trip 1 - the road through the canyon where the balanced...

Monday Trip 2 - some of the formations in the canyon

Monday Trip 3

Monday Trip 4 - the Balanced Rock

Monday Trip 5

Monday Trip 6

Monday Trip 7 - two of the springs emptying into the Snake...

Monday Trip 8 - two more

Monday Trip 9 - another

Monday Trip 10 - several more

Monday Trip 11 - nice farm house!!

Monday Trip 12-the Owsley Bridge-built in 1920-21, used by the Smithsonian to...

Monday Trip 13 - the Hagerman Valley

Monday Trip 14 - the Snake River near the entrance to the...

Monday Trip 15 - the Upper Salmon Dam

Monday Trip 16 - some of the 'Melon Gravel' deposited by the...

Monday Trip 17

Monday Trip 18 - the Snake River just below the Upper Salmon...

Monday Trip 19 - downtown Hagerman, ID

Monday Trip 20

Monday Trip 21 - a picture of the Minidoka Internment Camp

Monday Trip 22 - every camp had an Honor Roll for those...

Monday Trip 23 - internees who answered no to both questions were...

Monday Trip 24 - the Military Police guard shack

Monday Trip 25 - the reception area

Monday Trip 26 - the way they actually looked 69 years ago

Monday Trip 27 - the camp was built on the banks of...

Monday Trip 28 - the Tin Man on the way back to...

Monday Trip 29

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

(MP4 - 2.19 MB)

Shoshone Falls


The trip to Twin Falls, ID took us about two and a half hours to cover the 128 miles through almost entirely farming country. It was completely interstate highway travel so was easy except for the many construction zones. We are staying at the Anderson Campground about eight miles East of Twin Falls. We have a 50 amp full hookup site with satellite access and good Verizon coverage as well as decent WiFi. The sites are about 25 foot wide and was not very crowded as we pulled in. We will see how it fills up this holiday weekend.

After getting set up, we journeyed into to Twin Falls to see a few of the sights there. First was the Perrine Bridge which spans the Snake River Canyon just North of Twin Falls. It is a four lane bridge 458 feet above the Snake River. The support structure for it is very unusual as you will see in the picture I have posted. It is named after I. B. Perrine who was instrumental in settling Twin Falls. This was mostly accomplished when he figured out a way to use the Snake River to irrigate the surrounding area from the Snake River. The whole area was arid desert until that time. You will see in some of my pictures that sage brush still covers the land that hasn't been irrigated. As we traveled we saw all of the fields under almost constant irrigation of some kind. The Snake River Canyon is formed due to the Snake River eroding the lava layers evident in this area. When we ran parallel to the river about 50 miles outside of Twin Falls, the river was almost level with the land, not the dramatic 450 foot drop present in Twin Falls.

We then headed for Shoshone Falls which has to be one of the prettiest falls we have ever seen, including Niagara last year. Coincidentally, Shoshone Falls is also called the Niagara Falls of the West. It is 45 feet higher than Niagara but much narrower and also has far less water running over it. But the way that the water falls in different levels and over projecting rocks makes it prettier in our opinion.

We next went to the Twin Falls that the town is named after. It is a little farther up river form Shoshone Falls and is used to supply some of the power for the town. Currently there is only one falls since the other was blocked when they built the power plant. It is still a large falls but doesn't compare with Shoshone.

Friday morning we were awakened at 5:30 a.m. by dive bombers, no, wait a minute, they were crop dusting in the field behind us at that ungodly hour!! I did go ahead and get up to snap a couple of pictures as I knew inquiring minds would want to know what got me up so early!!

After breakfast we set out for the City of Rocks. This was a 154 mile trip to an area Southeast of here where the California Trail came through the lower part of Idaho. It was a scenic drive up into the mountains surrounding the valley where Twin Falls lies. The City Of Rocks is an area where everything but the granite boulders (some very, very large) has eroded leaving those boulders standing in the desert like skyscrapers is some cases. This area was used by those on the California Trail as a respite after leaving the Fort Hall/Salt Springs area en route to California. One of the boulders there is called Register Rock due to all of the names that were left by the travelers as they passed through.

We then went to Rock Creek which is located a few miles almost due East from Twin Falls. This is the home of the Rock Creek Station where a depot was erected where the Oregon Trail travelers stopped. Again this was the first civilization for these travelers after leaving Fort Hall. It is really in ill repair and doesn't seem to be maintained much at all but hopefully that will change. Supposedly it is under renovation but it needs a lot of it!

Saturday we made another trip for 200 miles. We first went into Twin Falls for their farmer's market. We were a little disappointed with the lack of vendors and especially the lack of farmer's products. It was more like a small flea market. Of course it is still much to early in the spring to have many vegetables. Doris was happy though as they had a llama and a couple of very young alpacas there too. She's now ready to start an alpaca ranch!

We then headed to Shoshone, ID and attended their flea market. Again, it was very small but they had a lot of interesting stuff we managed to let them keep. Then, on to the Shoshone Ice Caves which were very interesting and educational. It's not really a cave in the normal sense of the word but a subterranean lava tube that water seeps into and then is frozen due to the action of the wind coming through the tube. It was discovered in the late 1800s and the people started using it as a source of ice but their attempts to get easier access to the ice wound up interrupting the flow of air through the tube and the ice melted. In the 1950's current owners did massive research and after a few years managed to get the breeze right again and the water has continued to freeze since then. The temperature remains between 26-29ยบ all the time. Needless to say we took our coats and were glad we did!

As we left the ice cave we decided to make a run to Sun Valley, a ski resort up in the Sawtooth Mountains about 60 miles North of Shoshone. It was a nice drive through more of the lava fields and then up into the mountains. It apparently was a popular thing to do today as the traffic was horrendous once we got within about 15 miles Ketchum, which is the main resort area. The ski slopes look mighty steep to me and I am sure glad I never took that sport up. I am clumsy enough just trying to walk!!

Sunday we just stayed in and relaxed after three full days of touring. Monday we headed out again and the first stop was Balanced Rock, located almost 40miles from the campground. The trip was through the area South and West of Twin Falls and was a mixture of large farmland and dairies. We have found this same mixture to be true all around Twin Falls in this area called the Snake River Plains that receives irrigation form the Snake River. The Balanced Rock itself is located in a canyon that shows up out of nowhere as you are driving through all of this flat farmland. It was more impressive to us than the one in Arches NP simply because there was much less holding it up.

We then proceeded to Hagerman, ID which is home to the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. This is one of the riches finds of fossils in the country. It is a fairly new Monument and they still have a lot of work to do to make it tourist friendly. Much of the area is inaccessible with just three turnouts and one of them closed.

From there we went to the Minidoka National Historic Site which was an internment camp during World War II. It is a brand new Historic Site and is definitely a work in progress. It shares the visitor center in Hagerman which is about 30 miles away. The visitor center had a small display which was very well done and it will be moved to the actual site when the visitor center is built there. The site itself was very interesting and the two stone building's foundations still remain in good shape. This will most likely be a very nice Historic Site when finished. It's too bad it has to illustrate one of the darker times in this country's history. Hopefully that type of overreaction will never occur again.!

Tomorrow it is travel day again as we head for Mountain Home, ID for a three night stop.

Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |