The Idaho Potato Museum is located in Blackfoot, Idaho. Featuring informative exhibits that give a good overview of the history and cultural impact of potatos, there are also fun exhibits such as the largest Pringle chip ever made, a tuxedo made from potato sacking and a print of Marilyn Monroe in a short tunic made from a potato sack- because she could 'look beautiful even wearing a potato sack".
Visiting this museum gave me a better understanding of the scenery and helped me to identify some of the structures such as potato storage sheds.
Everyone who visits the museum is given a potato product such as a packet of dried hash brown potatos!
Stunning mountain ranges jutt out from those incredible Rocky Mountains. Snuggled next to the little town of Stanley in central Idaho. Aptly dubbed the "Sawtooths" for their blade sharp points.
Plenty of lodging options in Stanley, breathtaking views and trails for miles up into interconnecting high mountain lakes. Small trail head fees apply so bring a few bucks with you. Little Alpine lake and Sawtooth Lake are faves.
I'm not much for hotels and have always brought my tent along with me. At night you'll never be able to count all the stars and in fact if you're lucky enough to be there during a meteor shower you'll never forget the sight. Mornings are the typical breakfast on the small camp fire with coffee at which point one may hear a clatter of rocks and look up to see a Mountain Goat 10 yards off. Incredible! Camp sites are cheap and in peak season should be booked ahead of time (numbers for park service on website)
Now high mountain lakes are not for pleasure swimmers and in fact after a pack one day we stripped off jumped in and found it to be so cold that breathing became difficult. So if you're wanting to play in a lake, Redfish lake lower down has boat rentals, fun stuff for the kiddies and equally impressive eyelines.
Now getting there is best done by car, About a 3 1/2 hour drive from the capital Boise. And there are two great routes to get there: Highway 21N with an opportunity to stop in the old mining town of Idaho City, which in mid-summer hosts an arts festival... Or a second option: Highway 75N through Ketchum and the beautiful Sun Valley area, which in winter is a great ski resort very popular with Californians wanting an alternative to Tahoe . (Soon to post information on those great areas) You'll have a nice view all the way up with some pull outs for a pee or whatever.
I grew up hiking and playing in these mountains and in my travels I miss the Sawtooth range more than anything else.
Always remember: if you pack it in..pack it out!! Help keep our forests clean!!
If you are a photographer that is looking for some excellent opportunities to photograph the capitol, I woud recommend taking a stroll through Capitol Park. Located directly across from the state capitol building, it is a small accessible park.
Idaho is beautiful, open, and clean! There are so many backroads and unexplored areas that anyone who craves a bit of peace can take off and find some! This area is great for camping, fishing, hiking and what we are doing...motorcycling!
RUBY RIDGE - - - The 1992 confrontation between federal agents and the Randy Weaver family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, has become one of the most controversial and widely discussed examples of the abuse of federal power.
---Randy Weaver and a small army of federal agents lumbered into deadly conflict more by accident than design.
Each side was spurred on by internal pressures. Each had created overblown images of the other. And each believed - and still believes - that it was forced by the other into confrontation and the outbursts of gunfire that claimed the lives of a deputy U.S. marshal, a 14-year-old boy and his mother.
For their part, Weaver and his wife had plunged so deeply into the fogs of white separatism, anti-government conspiracy theories and religious militancy that they faced the outside world with violent rhetoric and aggressive, threatening defiance.
Their isolated homestead beside Ruby Ridge in the mountains of northern Idaho bristled with guns. And Randy Weaver, holed up with his family, openly defied a federal court order to appear on weapons charges and issued bellicose warnings against agents trying to arrest him.
At the same time, the actions of federal law enforcement agencies and the court at several stages of the protracted affair were shaped not purely by the actions of the Weavers but by the officials' own internal pressures and attitudes.
The result was distortions and exaggerations in the federal agents' view of the situation they faced, which played a role in tipping the case toward violence.
''It's clear that the people involved had some correct information, some hazy information, some information that was partly true and some that was outright false,''
Area around Lake Christine near McCall. The Boise Forest had just had a major forest fire. The landscape was surreal. In the middle of July, high up in a lonely valley, I found the last chunk of snow left from winter. It was going to be gone soon. A tiny creek had carved it in to a starnge shape.
Soda Springs phosphate plant. This might seem like a weird thing to go see, but there are some cool things about it. There are tours, but I don't know much about those. The operation, from the mining to the processing, is very interesting. If you're on time driving around the west side of the plant (which is north of town), you can see the molten slag being dumped. It's about the temperature that would melt you car's engine block into a puddle of liquid.
The Bone Road. It's famous among locals; a 60-mile stretch of empty, potholed road through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Idaho. It's not on very many road maps, but it goes from the north end of Soda Springs to the town of Iona. It's common to see moose, elk, deer, badgers, coyotes and occasionally a mountain lion. I even sighted a gyrfalcon once, a very rare treat indeed.
For more information on Silver City ghost town visit Silver City Ghost Town
We wanted to visit a real ghost town, so our friends took us to Silver City (fairly near Boise). I say fairly near, when we left the highway we thought we'd taken the wrong turn. We drove up a dirt track for 20 miles. The drive was quite forbidding as we got further up the track which began climbing to high elevations with nothing to stop your car slipping and falling off the mountainside. By the time we reached Silver City (about an hour's drive), it was early evening and began to snow (and this was late May!). We quickly ran around taking these few pictures, dived back into the car and headed off back to civilisation. Basically, if we got stuck out there, nobody would find you, or at least not for a long while! Be sure to check out the rest of my 'Off the Beaten Path' page for more pictures of Silver City and a link to its web site.
Most people miss most of Idaho. My favorite area's are the Sawtooth Mountains, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Hell's Canyon Wilderness.
Plan on using a pack team or float trip from some deep wilderness adventures.
With a 4 wheel drive vehicle and maps from the local ranger station, you can plan wonderful off road adventures.
Balanced Rock is in the Guiness Book of World Records. It is one of the most amazing wonders in this world. Now this is some serious physics! It's amazing that such a huge rock can be sitting on top of a small rock! We used to go here and spray paint our names in the rock. There was a canyon on each side of balanced rock, with natural hot springs pools. We used to skinny dip and go fishing. We also used to go canoeing too.. You could climb up to the very top of the rock where it is flat, and have a pic nic on top. Back behing the rock is where the caves and stuff is. There's a place called Devil's Kitchen. It's got old ancient writings on the wall and things like that. The rock is located in the desert as you can see. There is nothing but farm land, and mountains around. It is pretty dry. This area was used for big bon fire parties, bunnie bopping, motorcycle riding, and all other kinds of country stuff. It would definately surprise you what us country bumpkins came up with to keep ourselves enetertained!
Roosevelt Lake is a small lake which was created by a mudslide in the 1850s (I think). SCUBA diving in the lake is very interesting because several cabins and a small tavern were flooded when the natural blockage occurred. The rooftops floated off most of the buildings. In the tavern you can still see many furnishings including tables, chairs, and a Piano.
Most people only see the southern part of the state as the interstate runs through it and therefor miss the majesty of our mountains. Mccall and Stanley are in the heart of Idaho with pristine Lakes, beautiful parks and lots to see and do for the whole family. Stanley is 45 miles from Sun Valley which is a skiers paradise in winter and a golfer and hikers paradise in summer. Mccall is 100 miles north of Boise and overlooks Payette lake with great fishing, water skiing and hiking. Mccall also has 3 good golf courses in a mountain setting.
The picture below is of my daughter in front of 100 Acre Wood Bed n Breakfast in North Fork, Idaho. About 25 miles north of Salmon right along the River of No Return.
Ah!! When 100 dinners shall inflate thy belly and 40 winters shall besiege thy brow digging deep trenches in thy beautys field I know where my beauty lies. This fair child shall sum my count and prove succesion thine.
Most of the state is off the beaten path. Go in any direction and you will find new discoveries of incredible beauty. Most of the northern part of the state is where you will find the Rocky Mountains and forests. In the south you will find fertile farms and fields and peculiar rock formations with vast open spaces. The picture is of a little known and travel river/area called the Owyhee. This a most excellent river for white water trips. Two things to pay attention to: 1) watch out for rattlesnakes (no joke) and scout the Widow Maker rapid (single or not, this drop can get pretty ugly) It is in the south western part of the state.
We were in Boise to cover a mountain bike race/demo that got rained out and we subsequently spent...more
539 Pole Line Rd, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301, United States
Good for: Couples
1500 Riverstone Drive, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83814, United States
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