Good afternoon Internet!
In my last post, I was talking about my recent “mini-adventure” with my husband and we did an overnight in Twin Falls, Idaho. Honestly, we just wanted a little bit of normality. We made sure to socially distance, carry hand sanitizer with us at all times, and wear our masks out in public. And we actually had a blast, I’m so glad that we did it!
Picking up where we left off, we visited the Mammoth Caves, just a couple of miles south of the ice caves. All that I knew about these caves was that they were big, dark, and you walked through it with your own little lamp. I was not aware of how off the main road it was. We turned on the dirt road and drove around for a bit. You really are in the desert in this location, so I amused myself with the thought of being lost there. I know, I’m a weirdo.
After a few miles off the main road, you come to a plot of land with several buildings on it. They have a gravel area to park your car and you can walk right in. One noticeable thing that was kind of strange: There is junk everywhere. No joke. It looks like a cross between a junkyard and a flea market. There were fenced off areas that held random animals like ostriches and chickens, random stones with carved faces like something you would find on a Mayan temple, and other just random junk. And umm… there were birds everywhere! Specifically peacocks. Free-roaming peacocks, some of them were even mommas and their babies followed closely behind them. Let me tell you one thing. I do not like birds. I can handle ducks when they aren’t mean. But other birds are usually pretty mean. Especially geese. So I wasn’t too fond of these peacocks with their big poofy feathers walking around me. I eventually found out that they are there to help keep rattlesnakes away. I hate snakes more than birds, so I guess I’m okay with it.
We went into one of the buildings that had their doors propped open. Going inside, there was a gentleman in there, who told us that our tickets got access to the cave and the museum. Again ummm… I did not realize that there was a museum here. For $10 a ticket, I said “Why not?” and we toured the museum first.
What a strange experience. The museum is shaped like a big dome, and FULL to the tip-top of a bunch of random junk. Literally, you could turn your head one way and see a bunch of stuffed animals. Turn it another way, and you would see dinosaur fossils. Turn it again and you would see antique home appliances. There was no rhyme or reason for all of this. I finally figured out that the owners of this property were world travelers and loved to collect unique treasures wherever they went. So it wasn’t unusual for them to bring back a skeleton of a two-headed snake or some Native American pottery. It was just bizarre honestly. I’ll post pictures so you can see the randomness.
Collection of dinosaur bones and fossilized fish.
Anyone up for some creepy looking animals? Look, I’m all for people having some hobbies, but this was just strange…
Moving on! We finally went to explore the cave. The entrance of the cave was just awesome. Made you really feel like you were spelunking in a cave in the middle of nowhere. With our trusty lamps, we went inside.
The cave itself was really awesome. Not much to it in the case of information, just a few signs put up here and there. It was crazy how dark it actually was, I wasn’t expecting that. I figured there would be at least lights along the path, but nope! Thankfully that lamp was nice and bright. You can only go into the cave for about 1/4 mile in, but they are hoping to expand that soon. It honestly felt much farther than that, but it’s probably because it’s so dark and you never know what you will see around the next curve.
If you ignore the strangeness that is the property and the random obsession with junk, it’s definitely worth the trip to see. I joked with my husband that we would become cave and waterfall explorers now. He just rolled his eyes at me, mentioned how I fell and hurt my hip already, and laughed it off. Gah, never supporting my dreams! (Just kidding, he’s amazing and supports me all the time!)
After all of the fun, we finally went back into town and finally got into our hotel. We sent in a curbside order for the local Chili’s and brought it back to our hotel. We found several TV shows and just got to veg out for the next little while. It was so relaxing to act like normal people for once, and not be so stressed about the crazy world around us. We took a midnight swim in the hotel’s pool and called it a night.
The next morning, we got up and ate breakfast, packed up our things, and checked out of the hotel. We explored around Twin Falls for a bit and stopped at the local farmer’s market. Afterward, we visited the Perrine Coulee Falls, which is absolutely gorgeous by the way! There is a little trail you can take that will walk you behind the falls. Prepare to get wet, but it’s 100% worth it! A little tip, the walk to find the trail is a bit steep. I was not prepared for that.
And last but not least, we visited the Twin Falls visitor center, because of it’s fabulous views of the Snake River. The visitor center on its own was beautiful, full of fun souvenirs to take home, and great displays of local information. A lot of people chose this spot for a lunchtime picnic, and with those views, I don’t blame them. We walked around for a bit, to enjoy stretching our legs before the two-hour ride back home. Even if you are passing through, I would encourage you to at least stop by here and take a look around. You won’t be disappointed.