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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I Dee Ho

When I was a kid, my Mama and my Aunt Myrtle talked about a far away land called I Dee Ho.  When I grew older I realized they were really talking about a state...the one squeezed into the shape of a big fat L,  between Washington and Montana.

Over the years, I’ve crossed the border into Idaho at times to visit Lewiston or Coeur d'Alene.  I’ve also had the thrill of a jet boat tour through Hells Canyon on the Snake – the  river that cuts a huge smile from Wyoming, all across Idaho, and into Washington.  (It spills into the Columbia River about 40 minutes from my house.)

In June we had the opportunity to see more of the beautiful and not so far away I Dee Ho country. 

Near Twin Falls, ID, the Snake River tumbles over a rocky 212 foot Shoshone Falls and flows through the Snake River Canyon.      I was reminded of when I was very young and that crazy stuntman Evil Knievel attempted (unsuccessfully) to jump the canyon on his motorcycle.

If you are afraid of high bridges and deep canyons  -  this is certainly the place for you.  Not.  I can only imagine how awesome it would be to see the river flowing freely. 

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My only disappointment was that there were houses built so close. 

We also passed through Owyhee Country, a serene and appealing place that day.  I was intrigued with the story and pleasured by the signs color coordination with the hills and sage.
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But what a killjoy to peer over over the guard rail and see someone's garbage.  (Grrrrr….. I detest litterbugs.)   Thanks to the clouds, I got my groove back when I saw a Salmon flying in the sky.

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We didn’t see nearly enough of Idaho.  I guess that means we have a wonderful excuse to head east - and explore another day.

20 comments:

12ontheinside said...

What a great place - imagine living there!

foam said...

now i want togo to i dee ho too!

Janis said...

Beautiful scenes. Litterbugs make me want to scream also. I do see the salmon in the clouds...cool!

Kim said...

Gorgeous. I've been to Idaho but it was long ago. What I remember was beautiful.

heather said...

Wow--those falls are gorgeous! Who would of thunk such beauty resides in Idaho?

Connie said...

Oh, yeah, Idaho is beautiful. We have it all: deserts, woods, water, snow. Sugar, you ain't seen nothing till you see the Sawtooth mountains.
xoxo,
Connie

Melissa B. said...

One of my close high school friends moved to Boise a few years back. I have an open invitation to visit, but never have. Now I'm rethinking my travel plans...

Kila said...

I have a cousin living near Boise. Beautiful state and weather. Will have to visit it myself. Idaho is also where my brother and SIL met.

Thanks for sharing the photos :)

Intense Guy said...

I always thought that they could bring back chain gangs and make the druggies in prison earn their meals by picking up litter... and if they should (heaven forbid) actually enforce the litter laws that might help some too.

That aside - your lovely pictures show how beautiful nature is - and should be ... and should be left to be.

I've only see a small corner of Idaho, down near the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole. I'd love to see Cour D' Alene someday.

p.s., I'm a gettin' old.. I remember Evil Kneivel flopping into the drink here when his rocket cycle didn't make it...

Hayden said...

absolutely gorgeous photos. except of the trash. love the clouds.... have driven through Idaho and tried to 'drink it in' but never made time to tarry. I should fix that.

lisaschaos said...

That canyon is gorgeous! Would LOVE to see it! We went through I Dee Ho a few years ago, after Yellowstone and the Tetons and our brakes going out we go to spend some time waiting in a small town for the brakes to get fixed before heading on down to Utah. lol

grammy said...

Beautiful
we did see Coeur d'Alene once...while visiting family in Montana.
I do hate that people (with lots of money usually) can build right there in our viewing space (o:
another amazing cloud sighting!!!

Peter said...

I heard that Evil Kneivil's son Awful Knawful might attempt that jump... any truth in that story??
I had no idea that I Dee Ho was so beautiful, thanks for the tour.

~sWaMpY~ said...

Do they have elevators in I-Dee-Ho?

Gattina said...

That part of the country I missed in the 6 years we travelled through the States (from 88 - 94) What a beautiful place !
I also get furious when I see "souvenirs" people leave behind !

The Laundress said...

Love your pictures. Good to "see" you again!!!

Connie Peterson said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your pictures of Idaho (and love your translation of that state name). I would love to see that area someday.

Gail said...

Awesome photos!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh I love Idaho too! I enjoyed your photos especially the Falls..and yes those houses are awfully close. Your salmon in the sky is wonderful. I hate the litter bugs too, disgusting. Thanks for the trip! :)

Steve Skinner said...

Thanks for the memories! I lived and worked in Lowman, ID back in the seventies but have never returned. Your trip has inspired me!!