We had a great time in the Twin falls area. Neither of us had been to Idaho and we had no idea how pretty it is out there. So much open land. However we also found that no one out there seemed to have much desire to go see or do anything outside of their little town. We talked to several people who have lived there their whole life and have only been to Boise (only 2 hrs away) maybe three or four times in their life. It just seemed sad to me, a person who loves to travel and see as much as I can see. Anyway, we were traveling and having a great time.
The first thing we saw as we were pulling into town is the Perrine Memorial Bridge. According their website, the bridge spans the majestic Snake River Canyon on the northern edge of Twin Falls. It is 1,500 feet long and 486 feetabove the Snake River. The four-lane bridge has pedestrian walkways with views of the river, sheer cliffs, the Blue Lakes, waterfalls, a park and two golf courses. A road descends to these areas. The Buzz Langdon Visitor Center is next to the bridge. BASE jumpers enjoy the Perrine Bridge as their launching pad for parachuting from the bridge to the canyon floor below. BASE jumping is a sport involving the use of a parachute to jump from fixed objects. "BASE" is an acronym that stands for the four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: Building, Antenna, Span, Earth. It is absolutely amazing to stand up on top and look down at the valley and water below. We were hoping to see some jumpers, but I guess it was too late in the day. We took a lot of pictures and just set and talked for a while. It was so peaceful. Eventually we left and checked into our hotel.
I was still bummed that we had missed Flying Pie Pizza in Boise and thought we could go there for dinner in Twin Falls, nope. There are no Flying Pie Pizza restaurants in Twin Falls. I was disappointed and still wanted a pizza so we ended up getting a pizza at a little restaurant called Papa Kelsey’s Pizza and Subs. It was really good and the staff was efficient and very friendly. They told us the correct way to pronounce Shoshone and how to get to the falls. They also gave us a few ideas of where to go see other waterfalls and such. It was still light by the time we got done eating so we decided to head to the falls.
The Shoshone Falls is a waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho, located approximately five miles (8 km) east of the city of Twin Falls. Sometimes called the "Niagara of the West," Shoshone Falls is 212 feet (65 m) high—45 feet (14 m) higher than Niagara Falls—and flows over a rim 1,000 feet (300 m) wide. We were there in late May of 2014 and it was still running pretty good. It was so pretty and quiet by the time we got there. We took a lot of pictures and walked around some of the trails they have.We drove a while then ended up at the new Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill that opened up in February. We love Mongolian Grill style so we had to check it out. It was really good and we wish them success.
Tuesday was the day I had been looking forward to since we scheduled our trip. We spent the day at Craters Of The Moon National Monument. It is such a cool place with so much to see and do. I think we walked a 5k that day just in the park, lol. We seriously walked a lot. According to their website Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. The area formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. Lava erupted from the Great Rift, a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles (84 km.) to the southeast. During this time the Craters of the Moon lava field grew to cover 618 square miles (1600 square km.).The smaller Wapi and Kings Bowl lava fields also formed along the Great Rift during the most recent eruptive period (approximately 2000 years ago). It is a huge area and we found a nice quiet place to have a picnic lunch and take some pictures. Later that afternoon it started getting really dark and cloudy. We knew we should leave, but there was so much more to see and do. We finally left when we got caught in the downpour. We still had an absolute great time and we wore the puppies out! It was a little bit of a drive from Twin Falls, but well worth it. Definitely a must see if you are in the area.
The next day was Gene’s birthday so we went out to a nice breakfast at Idaho Joe’s. . It is a wonderful little restaurant that reminded us of Cracker Barrel without all the hype. It was a great way to start our day. We didn’t do much that day besides drive around and did some sightseeing. We also found the actual “Twin Falls.” We were very saddened and disappointed to find out that there is actually only one Fall now, not two. There was some environmental reason, but still sad that they lost a fall and their namesake.
We went and did some more sightseeing and driving around for most of the day. Saw some amazing waterfalls and ended up back at the Perrine Bridge to takes some pictures for a different angle. Later that night we had a wonderful dinner at the nicest restaurant in Twin Falls called Jakers. This place is incredible and I had one of the best steaks I have had in a long long time. It was perfect. I even went back toward the kitchen to thank the chefs. I was caught by the manager who was pleased that I was so happy that I took the time to thank them. He was very nice and offered us discount for our next visit until he found out we weren’t local and leaving in a couple of days. Either way it was really nice and they did give Gene a tasty dessert for his birthday. Highly recomment this place if you are in Twin Falls.
The next day was out last full day in Twin Falls and we did some more driving around and looked at some more beautiful waterfalls. We also took a drive to Balance Rock and had another picnic lunch. We also walked around quite a bit and saw some different areas of Twin Falls. It is such a beautiful area. I was starting to get sad about having to leave, however I didn’t want to leave without seeing the Shoshone Falls one more time. Next to the Falls is a lovely park called Dierkes Lake Park It is absolutely beautiful and peaceful place. We decided to grab some dinner at this fast food Mexican restaurant that Gene had been wanting to try called 9 Burritos and a burrito and eat dinner out by the lake. After we ate we walked along the pier and took a bunch of pictures. It was such a wonderful place and I was sad to leave. It was an incredible way to end out time in Twin Falls. We were heading to Salt Lake City on our way home to do some genealogy research and watch the Salt Lake Bees. I will definitely talk for a long time about how beautiful the Twin Falls area is. One day, I would love to go back.
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