Friday, July 6, 2012

Twin Falls, Idaho

We had such a nice visit for a few days with Becky Hazen and Lonnie Hodge in Twin Falls. Our dinner the evening we arrived was at a new restaurant Elevation 486 overlooking the beautiful Snake River Canyon. The name comes from the height (in feet) of the flat land surrounding the canyon.


The restaurant is in the Magic Valley Arts Council building, with beautiful art pieces, landscaping and fountains surrounding us.



In the distance we could see the Perrine Bridge which we passed over on US Hwy 93 when arriving in town earlier that afternoon. This picture was taken at the visitor center near the bridge.


Becky cooked a delicious chicken on the rotisserie of her BBQ the next evening, and we enjoyed dinner and conversation on the patio of her lovely home.


Watch how you handle that knife, Becky!


The Fourth of July was a full day, starting with a benefit breakfast at the City Park.


Next, we drove five miles east of town to Shoshone Falls. There was a double rainbow, just barely visible in this picture.


The height of the waterfall is 212 feet, which is 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls.



Dierkes Lake, a short distance upriver of the falls, offers a popular place for picnics, hiking and swimming.


Two young men contemplated a daring dive from rocks on the far side of the lake, but they didn’t overcome their fear while we were there.


Next on our “tour” was a boat ride on the Snake.


We joined several kayakers, who picked a perfect day for a paddle. I wish our visit could have been longer so we could have put our own boats in. But the day we left it rained anyway, so we wouldn’t have enjoyed the ride!


The boat captain was assisted by two faithful friends.



We were treated to a great view of 5 base jumpers descending one after the other from the Perrine Bridge above us.




The target for landing is in the trees below, where the jumpers pack up their chutes and climb the hill, possibly for another jump from the bridge.


Looking up from beneath the bridge, I could see the platform where we stood on the first day when I took a picture of the bridge. Scary!


Don wore his most patriotic shirt to commemorate the day!


We got up close and personal with the Pillar Falls, named for the pillar-shaped rocks they surround and small (20 ft.) in comparison with Shoshone Falls, but the water flow was still too rapid to navigate.



It was a beautiful ride that we all enjoyed.


Later, we took sandwiches and drinks to the patio near Elevation 486 and the Arts Council building, where we met several of Becky & Lonnie’s friends.


We were entertained by “honky tonk surf rock” music provided by Boom Chick, consisting of a young couple who formed the band after meeting in Brooklyn, NY. She’s originally from New Hampshire and he’s from Southern California.


We watched the sky become aglow as the sun was setting.



And, finally, what would July 4 be without fireworks? I didn’t take any pictures, but we enjoyed the city’s display set off in a field of the College of Southern Idaho.

Becky & Lonnie, thanks for a wonderful and memorable visit to Twin Falls! And thanks to Becky for this great picture of us, taken with her camera by a fellow tourist!

Shoshone Falls


  1. Oregon and Idaho are my two favorite states. I remember standing underneath the Perrine Bridge listening to two young fellas who were planning a jump. I'm glad I wasn't there to see it.

  2. What a beautiful area - I had no idea! Sure have to add that to our list of places to see before too long.

    The Shoshone Falls were pretty amazing. Thanks for posting all the great pictures, I really enjoyed seeing them.

  3. Really great pictures! Sounds like a great time with Lonnie and Becky. Hugs, J&C

  4. Sounds like a fun time with almost great weather. Becky and Lonnie are having a busy Boomer summer without leaving home.

  5. Looks like you have finally escaped the rain! Great pics!

  6. Loved the pics of the falls. I've never been there, but it's now on my list.

  7. Wow, beautiful photos! But, I will pass on all those high-elevation places, smile. I like my feet firmly placed on the ground. Looks like you are having better weather. Keep posting so we can share your adventures! Hugs,


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