Before departing Ely Nevada in the morning, we stopped by a local grocery store to stock up on supplies, munchies, beer and duct tape. You never know when you may need some duct tape. A quick fill up of diesel and we were on our way to Sun Valley.
Before getting into Idaho we still had a good stretch of Nevada to get through. At least the northern part of Nevada is a bit prettier than the parts with barren deserts. You can see snow capped mountains and much more greenery along the roads.
However, it appeared that some people had a hard time staying on those roads. Thankfully we were in a desolate area and this diesel tipping over on it’s side didn’tcreate a traffic jam. Poor driver. That must of sucked. Driving big rigs is no joke. In fact, I’m baffled that the DMV lets anyone jump into a Class A RV without any type of training. It’s absurd.
Driving a 38 foot diesel pusher should require some type of advanced training and licensing, similar to a motorcycle endorsement. Safety is something I don’t take lightly. Apparently DMV does.
I stuck a Red Hot Chili Peppers CD into the player and kept on trucking north. We were almost to Idaho. I hadn’t been back to Idaho since I was 21 years old and lived in the Nampa/Caldwell area. I was excited to see the place again.
Shortly after crossing the border we entered the Twin Falls area. The first stop was a huge canyon that the famous Evil Kneivel attempted to jump over. After seeing this gaping canyon it’s official that Evil is a certified lunatic. You can see a clip of his attempt to jump the Snake River here.
After snapping a few photos of the canyon, we were back on the road and an hour away from our destination. We were kind of in a hurry because game 7 of the NBA finals between the Lakers and the Celtics was about to start. I was a bit uneasy about the possibility of seeing the game because I had a eerie feeling I left my long cable wire back in San Diego. No cable wire means no NBA finals.
An hour later we arrived at the RV Park in Hailey Idaho. It’s a beautiful spot situated at the back side of Bald Mountain. From our camp spot I could see ski lifts and a few patches of snow. Ahhhhhh how I miss snowboarding.
But that’s not important right now. What’s important is that cable wire so we could watch the basketball game. Arg. No luck. I had left it back in San Diego. By some sort of divine miracle, the camp hostess had a 50 foot cable wire all wrapped up in her office and she offered to let me borrow it before I even asked. Geez, I should of asked her for a psychic reading as well. Smart lady. A few hours later, Lana and I were cursing at the TV when the stupid Lakers won another championship (which I knew was going to happen all along).
Hanging in Sun Valley was pretty special because it was where Lana spent much of her childhood. She hadn’t been back since she moved around the age of 15 or so. Watching her face as she recalled all the buildings, shops and sites was quite amusing. We were happy to be here, especially since the weather was stellar. Not too hot, not too cold. It was just perfect.
Lana was able to meet up with some childhood friends she hadn’t seen in ages. That was fun. We ate at restaurants all over Ketchum, Hailey, and at the Sun Valley lodge. However, I think my favorite part was walking along the Big Wood River. What a name for a river. In fact, I have BIG WOOD as I type this. Hey, it’s the morning time. TMI?
Ever since I heard the name Big Wood I knew I had to shoot some type of inappropriate photo. This is what I came up with. And get this… while I was gettingthis picture taken, one of my Facebook friends Brian Williams actually saw me laying on the ground acting a fool. I got a message on Facebook from Brian saying he was actually driving down the highway at the exact same time I was having this picture taken, but didn’t know it was me until he saw the picture on my Facebook profile. Wow! What a small world.
I was able to find some Bolete mushrooms along the Big Wood River and the hiking was amazing.
Oh yeah, the bookstore in Ketchum was awesome as well. The woman working there had on a Osho mala around her neck and we chatted about our next destination being the Rajneeshpuram outside of Antelope Oregon. She was a really nice lady.
In fact, everyone in the Sun Valley area was exceptionally nice. Maybe that’s why so many celebrities and high profile people choose to have vacation homes or live in this area. It truly is a paradise.
You can see a bunch more photos from Idaho in this folder on my Facebook fan page. Just click here for the photos.