2016 Feb 24 – Days 44 & 45 – California and Beyond

Days 44 & 45 – February 23 & 24 – Ely, NV to Twin Falls, ID to Clarkston, WA

Tuesday was a short day and a destination day.  There were no sites to see on our way north so we just drove.  We got into Twin Falls at 3:30 so we had a restful afternoon.  I checked the credit card bad news, paid a couple of bills, sent a couple of emails, and sorted my few photos from the day.

We drove almost in a straight line all day.  I think there were about three curves and one corner.  Speed limit was 70 mph and there was light traffic.  We drove through a long flat valley with various mountain peaks off to the sides.

IMG_3840 IMG_3845IMG_3851IMG_3855IMG_3856IMG_3859IMG_3863At 1:30ish we pulled into the Salmon Falls Rest Area and had lunch.  The light was nice on the pond and creek so we wandered around for awhile stretching our legs and taking some photos.

IMG_3866 IMG_3867 IMG_3871 IMG_3872And that was as good as it got.

Wednesday was a repeat of Tuesday only longer. We left Twin Falls at 9:30 Mountain Time and drove north and slightly west all day, arriving in Clarkston,Washington at 5 PM Pacific Time or 6 Mountain.

Before we left Twin Falls we drove over to see the Shoshone Falls. There are numerous dams on the river but they were nicely integrated between the huge rocks.  The falls drop 220′ into the Snake River.  The viewing area was part of a park that was donated to the city in 1932 by a couple for the purpose of public enjoyment.

If you walked along a pathway from the park you could see the spot where stuntman Evel Knievel attempted to jump the canyon on a rocket-powered motorcycle in 1974.  He failed, although the bike did make it across the canyon.  However prevailing winds blew it back almost to the other side again before dropping to earth.  Kneivel sustained only minor injuries.  We used to love to watch his stunts.
IMG_3883 IMG_3890 IMG_3891 IMG_3899 IMG_3900 IMG_3902After that it was drive, drive, drive.  Through valleys, mountain canyons and up and over passes, along rivers and past rich farmland.  IMG_3909 IMG_3910 IMG_3916 IMG_3919We pulled over to have lunch and take some photos of the pretty snow covered rocks in the river.IMG_3930 IMG_3926 IMG_3928 IMG_3931 IMG_3937McCall, Idaho is a ski resort area – Magic Mountain being one of them.  The roads were all bare and dry but they obviously had quite a lot of snow.  Several of the buildings were buried up to the door frame.IMG_3945 IMG_3946 IMG_3948 IMG_3949We had been driving on Highway 55 and just before turning onto Highway 93, at the little community of New Meadows we crossed the 45th Parallel; putting us half-way between the North Pole and the Equator.

Much of the rest of our drive to Lewsiton/Clarkston was along the Salmon River; a very familar name to us as we have a Salmon River at home.IMG_3954 IMG_3958 IMG_3960 IMG_3967 IMG_4002 IMG_4005The sun was sinking low as we entered Lewiston, Idaho and crossed the bridge over the Snake River into Clarkston, Washington to spend the night in the Best Western Hotel.IMG_4010 IMG_4009This is my last blog for this trip.  Tomorrow we will continue to drive north and will enter BC again; on very familiar roads.  We will cross into either Creston or Osoyoos, whichever John decides and spend the night before driving home the next day.  Another adventure concluded.  I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did.  Stay tuned for the quiz.


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