2016 RV Trip travel blog

Snake River Canyon

Perrine Bridge over Snake River Canyon

Balance Rock


Happy Mother's Day to each of the mothers reading my blog. I hope it has been as special a day for each of you as it has been for me.

Lynd and I arrived yesterday just outside Twin Falls, ID. We drove in rain, snow, heavy wind and low visibility. This morning though for Mother's Day the sun was out and the temperatures were rising. When we left the RV this morning, the temp. was almost 60 and by this afternoon it had climbed to 81! With the wind blowing it does not feel that warm.

Our first stop was the overlook for the Snake River Canyon at the Hansen Bridge crossing. The canyon is 16 miles long and 400' deep.

Near this bridge, a sign reads: Land, land, land - 50cents an acre! The Twin Falls Tract offered 60,000 acres for sale. Land could be purchased for farming up to 160 acres, but it had to be improved with a residence established by the end of the first year. Sage brush ranging in size from 1' to 5' in height had to be removed in a process that became known as "grubbing"

The first major landowner was I. B. Perrine who was the founder of Twin Falls, owned the Blue Lakes Ranch, a stage line, a hotel in Twin Falls and was the first person to use irrigation as a way to grow crops for this area and for many areas in the nation. The Perrine Bridge is named after him.

Canyon wildlife includes Red-tailed hawk, which we saw, yellow-bellied marmot, American Kestrel, Cliff Swallows, which were very prevalent, Racer and Gopher snakes and Western Fence Lizards.

We also went to Twin Falls and Shoshone Falls which were beautiful. The areas here have family friendly picnic grounds and beautiful scenery for all to enjoy. Later on we saw "Balanced Rock" which is 48' tall, 40' wide and sits on a 15" base. It is a Rhyolite Monolith shaped by Differential Weathering.

There are huge dairy cow operations in Buhl, ID. They have thousands of head of Holstein cattle and we saw one cheese factory near Buhl.

We drove the Thousand Springs Scenic By-Way. Old lava flow changed the geological structure and created multitude of springs. Torrents of water from one or more of these buried channels burst forth on the canyon walls creating instant waterfalls.

Between the close of the Civil war and the end of World War I, the sheep industry played a major role in southern Idaho. By 1914, over 300,000 sheep were trailed thru Ketchum, one of the largest sheep shipping centers in the US. A sheep herder and his dog could handle a band of up to 2,000 sheep. Most of the herders were Basque in origin.

This is a beautiful area, but I do not think I could live here due to the ceaseless wind!

All of the crops have to be irrigated through-out the growing season. That makes for good crops, but I am not sure about the water tables.



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