idaho state sign challenge

State Sign Challenge: Idaho

State Sign of Idaho

After spending two weeks in Arizona, I never found the state sign.  I think the only one might be at the four corners.  Upon entering Idaho, however, I stumbled across it’s state sign after passing through Jackpot, Nevada.  Annie and I dressed up as ketchup and French fries, because of the Idaho potato, the state vegetable.  I probably should have worn my red parka to make my costume better.


Happy Hiking: Goose Creek Falls

Goose Creek Falls is located in Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho and the Brundage Mountain Ski Area.  There are a few ways to hike it, one hike is 5.8 miles round-trip and another is 3 miles roundtrip.  We were going to take the longer way, but after seeing a couple of mediocre reviews on AllTrails, we took the shorter route.

After having been there, I’m uncertain how this hike could be called “boring”.   We loved it!  We began on a soggy Wednesday morning around 10:30. Only two others were in the large parking area with a pit toilet when we arrived.  Perhaps the snow/rain mix for the previous five days had something to do with it!  Regardless, it was great to have Dom and Sue join me on my road trip adventure for a few days.

wildflowers and view on taylor canyon loop

Happy Hiking: Taylor Canyon Loop

When I saw the trailhead to Taylor Canyon Loop was located of Lake Creek Road, I was immediately disappointed.  This was the first road on which I scouted for campsites when I arrived in Ketchum.  I found the sites, simply cut into the sagebrush valley without a tree, quite unappealing.

Taylor Canyon Loop

  • Distance:  4.2 miles
  • Type: Moderate, loop
  • Elevation Gain: 1,263 ft
  • Other: Dogs Allowed
  • All Trails Link

Fortunately, the 4.4 mile Taylor Canyon Loop Trail, located in the Sawtooth National Forest, does not meander through the sun soaked valley.  Instead, it climbs up the canyon through a forested area.  In the morning, the contrasting shadows on the hillside and sunlight beaming through the shimmering aspen is beautiful sight.