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Published: September 7th 2011
This was a 9 hour journey which was through the Nevada desert, which seems to be where they build prisons perhaps because if anyone was to escape they would just die of heat and exhaustion long before they found any sort of a town!
The truck stops were quite interesting and they were blasting out country music and everyone looked like a good ‘ole boy! While we were eating our lunch the tanoy kept announcing customer 41 your shower is ready in room 4 – now you don’t get that happening at Leicester Forest East!
Anyway our long LONG day was made even longer by our over shoot of the motel which led to a little detour (of about 1 hour) around the farmlands of Idaho trying to find another motel. We were really off the beaten track and the only place we came across looked like the Bates Motel so despite night falling we decided to carry on and eventually came round again to Twin Falls and found the original Motel – phew!
We knew we had to get our sleeping bags, cool box and
supplies (including diet stuff!) so we found a K Mart and a
Snake River Canyon, Twin Falls
Note the height of the bridge!
Walmart (god bless Walmart aka Asda) and along with our supplies I got 2 pairs of Levis!!!!!!!! And still in my same size (they actually say size 8 american ha ha ha ha ha), however I also faced up to the bad weight news by taking a pair of scales out of the box weighing myself and repackaging them. I won’t comment on the bad news as by the time anyone sees me again it will have gone (fingers crossed!!).
We then set off and just as we were leaving Twin Falls we decided to pull into the Snake River Canyon scenic overlook as there was a really impressive canyon and bridge. We wandered about and took a few pictures, then Howard suddenly said look there’s someone on the bridge – there was -on the wrong side! It looked like they had a backpack or something on but it was so far away you couldn’t be sure, we didn't dare take our eyes of them and then suddenly they just jumped off! – well that was one hell of a heart stopping moment, we both must have just stood there with our mouths open in shock, then after what
Look out for the little red parachute
seemed like minutes but must have been seconds a little parachute opened – what a relief!!! People came running back down the path shouting did you see that?, it turned out it was a base jumper – which is apparently illegal and so has to be done very quickly and with no warning, if you look at the photo you can see the height of the bridge and Howard managed to get a pic as the person was going down. The other people started whooping and waving, rather shaken but laughing like loons we got back in the car!
We got to the Craters of the Moon and I must say the National Parks really are something special and each one is so different, the scenery, the geological features they are all unique. The Craters of the Moon was a volcanic lava landscape. Again like Lassen quite a quiet smallish park. We went into one cave (lava tube) which you didn’t need flash lights for as parts of the roof had collapsed so some light came in. At the start it said you could walk right through the cave if you were prepared to scramble up a rock fall
and squeeze through a narrow opening at the other end, so that’s exactly what we did! I tell you rock hard lava is not an easy thing to walk over at the best of times never mind in the semi dark!!
Then we headed onto Drigg which was a real little cowboy place – just a crossroads with a few shops, a bank and a couple of bars to eat in, but a nice place to stay a night.
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