Friday, September 7, 2018


The flight from Newark, New Jersey to Salt Lake City, Utah was a good one.  In Salt Lake City, we rented a car: an Altima.


We are heading for Idaho’s southern border which overlaps with Utah’s northern border.


We leave the airport via Route 15 north up to North Salt Lake.


Pass by Brigham City, with a population of 17,899.


Next is Tremonton and Portage.


We reach the state sign for southern Idaho. We stop to a take picture of the blue and white sign and the landscape in each direction.


Malad City is the next city, followed by McCammon, Inkom, Pocatello, Chubbock, Blackfoot, Shelley, and Idaho Falls, our next stop for two nights.


When we arrive in Idaho Falls, we walk around looking at the Idaho Falls with its greenbelt area which is located in the city of the same name.

Arriving in Idaho Falls


Saturday, September 8, 2018


Before we leave for the day we visit the Japanese Friendship Gardens which are a part of Idaho Falls greenbelt area.


We get up early to take Route 20 northeast from Idaho Falls, to Rigby, St. Anthony and Ashton.  From Ashston we take Route 47 east, then north and northwestward and finally back to Route 20.


On Route 47 east there is a sign that says “Warm River”.   This was once a resort, but not any more.


The best sights here were the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls.

Second Visit to Idaho Falls

Mesa Falls 1

Mesa Falls 2


Sunday, September 9, 2018.


Odometer is 136,000.  Today we are headed for the small town of Salmon, which is honored as the home of Sacagawea near the future borders of states of Idaho and Montana.


We approached a line of small mountains of a pretty valley.  A little latter we realized we had reached the mountains of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe Trail.  The tribe became famous when it made a dash to set up a  new home in Canada.  The American military stopped the Nez Perce people from doing this. 


The Nez Perce leader was Chief Joseph (1840-1904).

Sacajawea Historic Byway


Monday, September 10, 2018.


We get up early on Monday.  It is still pretty dark.  We take pictures of the front and back of the hotel.  Through the back yard runs the Salmon River 425 miles from its headwaters near the Galena Summit above the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and down to the Snake River and from there to the Colombia River and, finally, down to follow the Salmon River to the town of Challis where the Salmon River heads to the west.  Our car swings east along Highway 93 Southwest to the towns of Mackay and Arco.  At Arco we turn southwest to visit the Craters of the Moon National Monument.  


The protected area's features are volcanic and represent one of the best-preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States. I thought that the displays were a bit boring.


Finishing with the volcanoes we drove to our hotel.  It took quite a long time getting to the Ketchum-SunValley area because of heavy traffic and load of construction.


We had a delicious steak dinner to celebrate our 51 Wedding Anniversary.  


Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway

Crater Moon National Monument and Preserve


 Tuesday. September 11 2018.


In the morning we take pictures of the Pioneer Saloon where we ate last night. Then we went north on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway.  We went over the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.  Finally, we reach the town of Stanley.  


We next take the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway is after Route 21.  Just before the town of Lowman comes Croutch.  Then comes up the town of Banks, notifying those going north to turn to the right.  Now follow Route 55 all the way north to McCall.


Sawtooth Byway and Ponerossa Pine & Payette River Byways

Wednesday; September 12 , 2018


From McCall we drive east over to Hells Canyon Scenic Byway to the border line between Idaho and Oregon and within the gorge of the Snake River.


From McCall we go northwest to New Meadows and then take a drrive south past Council and then pass by small Cambridge.  We come out of the drive when reaching the Snake River between Oregon and Idaho.  Go north (right) past Woodhead Park.


Before reaching the sign “Cooperfield’ will see the “Welcome to Oregon’‘ sign.


Your final car stop will be at the dam.  There is a sign saying “Hells Canyon NRA /Visitor Center”  There are plenty of stopping spaces along the way.


 Hell's Canyon with Snake River


Thursday; September 13, 2018 


We are leaving McCall and heading southeast to Caldwell where we will stay two nights.  We go southwest to Cambridge again and then southwest to Weiser and south to Payette.  The next move south is Fruitland.  We saw a big display in Fruitland giving loads of information.


We were lead to a map about the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area.  The map lead us to the area a we found what we wanted. We found a monument commemorating the fort’s original location.


The Old West comes alive at Parma’s Old Fort Boise Replica and museum. Constructed by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1834 as competition for nearby Fort Hall, Old Fort Boise became an important supply post along the Oregon Trail. The fort was abandoned, however, in 1854 after severe flooding and increased skirmishes with area Native Americans. In 1863, a new Fort Boise was constructed in present day Boise, but a replica of the first fort can still be found near the original site.


Driving to Caldwell


Friday, September 14, 2018 


From Caldwell we drive to Boise to see the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise.


It took us quite awhile to find the Gardens and by that time we were really hungry.  The ticket booth lady told us where to go.  We went to the Trolly Holly and had very good pancakes.  Then we returned to the Gardens.

We enjoyed the many gardens very much and many of flowers were labeled.  Rosemary took lots of flower pictures.


Boise Botanical Garden

Saturday September 15 , 2018


We drive east on Route 84 from Caldwell to Twin Falls: one wonderful bridge and one falls.


The Perrine Bridge is, 1,500 foot long, and 486 feet over the Snake River. You can easily walk over the two-leveled bridge a see some sights, including air gliders


The horseshoed Shoshone Falls are 1,000 feet wide and 212 feet high, being 52 feet higher than the Niagara Falls.


Perrine Bridge and Shoshone Falls


Sunday, September 15, 2018


The City of Rocks Loop.


Get on Route 84 going east past Heyburn.  Take the right with Route 84 it makes a right turn.   Get onto route 81 going south past Malta.  Take Route 77. When 77 goes north, you go south down to the City of Rocks


There was a book for rock climbers, but it was very difficult to determine the name of the rocks.


City of Rocks National Reserve  


Monday, September 16, 2018


Today we are driving back to the Salt Lake City Airport.


 Tuesday, September 17, 2018


 Our flight was delayed 3 hours because of hurricane Florence, but at least we finally took off.

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