Saturday, June 11, 2016

Things You Might See In Pershing County

Thunder Mountain Monument 
 Imlay NV

We passed by this spot several years of those "oops, missed the exit, maybe next time" moments. (easy enough on the 500-mile trek between Reno and SLC)

The "restoration" seems more like benign neglect--the buildings are all fenced off--but we appreciate the effort.  

Friday, June 10, 2016

Elko Surprise

No offense to any Elko-ites out there, but TSG's pasr visits to The Big E have been less than exciting. Not much more than a pit stop or maybe just an overnighter after a long day in the saddle.  This time out we decided to visit the nearby Ruby Mountains and explored a little bit of the spectacular Lamoille Canyon. Turned out to be really worth a 3-hour side trip. The hills were alive with the sound of, um, cascades of fresh snowmelt coming down the canyon walls. Pretty cool spot.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Intersecting Road Trips, Intersecting Bloggers

Today's itinerary included a visit to Twin Falls' dual park complex of Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake. According to our research there was a diving board available at Dierkes Lake--always a grail on our trips--so off we went.

 Not only did we arrive just at the right time of day to catch a double rainbow at the falls, there was hardly anyone at the lake.  The diving board was a bit stiff but still fun and the water wasn't a win-win there.

Topping the cake of today's visit was spotting a sticker on the back of the SUV parked next to us.  While it's a given that our road trip intersects scores of other similar journeys, seeing a family "advertising" their adventure-blog on a custom-made sticker...that's a first for us.  Looks like they're having a great trip. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ice Cave, Baby

The Shoshone Ice Caves, a quintessential tourist trap in southern Idaho, is worth a stop if you find yourself traveling between Sun Valley and Twin Falls. The homespun operation features guided tours by local youths who put their own unique spin on the scripted spiel. It's kinda funky, kinda cool (well not kinda, it's around 30 degrees down there).

The weirdest part of the tour today was one of my fellow tourists casually pulled a can of Coors Light out of his pocket and popped it open--the slight difference in air pressure  in the cave caused the beer to spurt out of the can and send foam all over his arm. Pretty funny.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Two Rather Diverse Snoopy Sightings

Above: Blue Banana Espresso parking lot--Lostine OR


Below: Cell Block 4, Old Idaho Penitentiary--Boise