Day 257 – Salmon – Bitterroot Country

Day 257 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Today ended up being a lot of driving and a lot of road construction.  I tried visiting Bonanza and Custer, two ghost towns from the mining days, but the road to the towns was closed for two hours at a time.  When the flagger heard me say, “Ok, I’ll skip it then”, he let out a sigh of relief!  Instead, I snapped a quick photo of a dam that was erected in 1910 and blown up in 1934 as it was prohibiting salmon from swimming upstream to spawn. Continue reading “Day 257 – Salmon – Bitterroot Country”

Day 256 – Sawtooth Sampler

Day 88 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Ernest Hemingway’s Grave

On my way out of Ketchum and Sun Valley, I stopped at the local cemetery to pay respects to Ernest Hemingway.  He penned portions of For Whom the Bell Tolls while he stayed at the Sun Valley Lodge. His grave stone is like a wishing well…covered in coins.  Surrounding it are various empty bottles of wine and champagne. Continue reading “Day 256 – Sawtooth Sampler”

Day 255 – Idaho Heartland and Sawtooth Sampler

Day 88 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

After morning coffee with Sandy, I headed south to meet my friend, Kathryn.  A colleague out of the Houston office turned doctor, now lives in Boise.  We went for lunch at a local brewery and walked along the Boise River to the Boise Zoo. The giraffes were hiding.  I’m sad because I had my camera with me the whole time and forgot to take a picture!

After lunch I continued south to Shoshone Falls which were absolutely spectacular.  I was on information overload.  Each time I turned to look at a different portion, I noticed something new.  The Snake River tumbles 210 feet over numerous rock outcroppings.  I just loved it!

From the falls, I turned north up Highway 75 to end in Sun Valley for the night.  I got a great chicken stir fry at the Sun Valley Brewery which almost reminded me of Chef Wang’s at home.  An amber beer on tap and a little preseason football added to a relaxing evening.  ETB

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Day 254 – Idaho Heartland (Part 2)

Day 254 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Ant and the Yellow Jacket

From Dworshak State Park, we followed the Clearwater River through the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and made a roadside stop at the Ant and the Yellow Jacket.  According to an Indian Legend, the stone arch was once two insects.  Ant and Yellow Jacket fought over who had the right to eat dried salmon in the area. The Coyote, the all-powerful animal spirit, ordered them to stop.  They failed to heed his warning, thus he turned them into stone while their backs were arched and their jaws locked together during combat. Continue reading “Day 254 – Idaho Heartland (Part 2)”