How much do you love to travel? For me, travel has always been a normal part of life. It wasn’t abnormal for my family to pack up on a Friday morning, skip school or take the day off from work, and go have some fun and come back late on Sunday evening. I loved it, it was so fun to go have some new experiences, especially at a young age. And living in Texas, there was a ton of places you could go for a fun weekend trip. You know, thinking about it, I might make a list of fun places in Texas and fun places to visit in Idaho…
Anyways! Back to the point. A couple of weeks ago, we went to Twin Falls, Idaho. Now for all of you people who don’t live in Idaho, let me break it down for you. A huge part of southern Idaho is sagebrush climate and tiny towns. No joke. To most, it might not be the most pleasant thing to travel through. I find it oddly beautiful, in its own weird way. Twin Falls is located about two hours southeast of Boise. I wanted a chance to show off some of our fun adventures with all of you. And yes, we socially distanced and wore our masks in public. 😉
First of all, we made it to Twin Falls around 1:00 (we chose to sleep in a little since it was such a short drive). We immediately went to Shoshone Falls for a picnic lunch. Shoshone Falls Park is right next to the town, and it will cost you $5 to enter the park during the busy season. Totally worth the price really. You’ll go down a windy road that has it’s own little falls coming down the cliff. You’ll find a nice size parking lot and people everywhere during these busy times. There are trails to walk along, plenty of green space to spread out and enjoy the sunshine, information displays about the falls and the local area, and of course ramps to walk down so you can see the falls from an observation deck. We took our time and ate our lunch, picking one of the shady spots to relax in. After lunch, we waited our turn to go on the deck and then sat around and enjoyed the beauty around us.
Shoshone is often called the Niagara Falls of Idaho. See the little trickles on the right side? Usually, those would be flowing just as much as the ones on the left side. They say that the best time to visit would be from late spring to early summer, as it flows the most around that time. Even though some spots were just a trickle, it was absolutely gorgeous. And loud, as you could probably imagine. Here are a couple more pictures I took from the deck.
You can see the building that they use to control the dam. I’m not going to pretend to know how it exactly works. But you get the picture. I love these pictures because it really shows you how arid the area is, and if it wasn’t for this water source and the dam, it would be quite inhabitable.
There were lots of kayakers enjoying the beautiful day. Can’t say that I blame them, it is gorgeous and I bet even prettier down there. We walked around for a bit, looking at some of the trails. Until I slipped in a mudslide and got a really sore hip afterward. I would not recommend this to anyone.
One of the trails we found. Nice and shady!
And a great picture of me slipping. Again, I do not recommend this part. 🙃 Go ahead and laugh, I won’t blame you. I can laugh about it now after the fact.
After lunch was settled into our tummies, we had some time to kill before we could check into our hotel. So we went to visit the Ice Caves, about 45 minutes north of Twin Falls. Now, I want you to take a look at those pictures above and see the environment. Take out all of the water, and you will see a lot of sagebrush and rocks. Would you believe that there could be a cave of ice around there? I was really excited about this stop because it just seemed to cool to not check out. Ha, cool to check it out. See what I did there?
Now just going off of this picture alone, you wouldn’t believe me that there were about 12 inches of solid ice just down a little further from the darkest point of the picture. But yep, there is! It cost us $10 per ticket to go in, which is more than a fair price in my opinion. They also had a gift shop with a lot of goodies. I bought some postcards (I love collecting postcards) and some new rocks to add to my collection.
Here are some fun facts for you: Year-round, even in the hottest part of summer, it will maintain a temperature of 22 to 33 degrees. The caves were formed by a lava tube from a nearby volcano, and they can stretch for miles. And back in the day, before modern indoor ice skating rinks were a thing, the skating teams would come to the caves to practice ice skating, as it was the only place to practice during the summer.
It’s hard to get the greatest pictures, due to the funky lighting down there, but this is a great picture to see the thickness of the ice that is below the walking bridge. It’s such a neat place to visit, and fairly convenient to most places. And the frigid temperatures are welcomed in the hot Idaho sun. 🥵
This is a great spot to pause I think. I have so many more pictures and stories to share, so I’ll post part two soon! I apologize for being slow on my posts, work has been just busy the last couple of months. I’ve also had my hands full with my own projects and life issues. All is good though!
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