Monday, May 14, 2012


Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, IdahoThanks to everyone for your thoughts on what happened to cause our tire to blow.  We think it likely that the steering locked for some reason, with the tires a couple degrees off of straight… but the idea of the brake calipers sticking on the front left wheel makes sense, too.  We probably won’t ever know for sure, but the symptom (pulling to the left) was very obvious – so we feel pretty confident that we will know if it happens again.

Once we got the new tires, all was well in Twin Falls.  Before we arrived, Boomer friends Becky and Lonnie let us know that they live in Twin Falls when they aren’t traveling (Becky has lived here her whole life!), that they were in town, and would be happy to show us the highlights.

We took them up on their offer, meeting for lunch at a comfortable, friendly restaurant, Elevation 486, on the edge of Twin Falls finest tourist attraction, the Snake River Canyon.  Because it was windy and cold (though deceptively sunny), we got a table inside, next to a window looking out at a large patio, the empty tables and chairs, and beyond to the fabulous view.  This place must be jammed on a warm day! 

Golf courses on both sides of Snake River CanyonFortified by a good meal (Odel and I were able to stick to our vegan commitment with delicious tomato soup and a salad), we headed off to hit the scenic highlights of the canyon, Shoshone Falls and Twin Falls (which is now one lone fall).  Shoshone Falls (top photo) looked spectacular to us, but apparently it paled beside the thunderous, record-setting volume last year, when none of the rock beneath the falls was visible – can you imagine?? 

There are walkways along much of the canyon rim, and we spent plenty of time peering down to the river and the golf courses spread out below.  Our day of sightseeing ended with an abundance of wine and conversation (both excellent) at Becky and Lonnie’s beautiful home – thanks so much for your time, friends.

If you have ever traveled through Twin Falls, you likely have traversed the Perrine Bridge, crossing the Snake River Canyon.  The canyon is breathtaking, the bridge is lovely and graceful, and it is an internationally renowned mecca for BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, Earth) jumpers – thrill seekers who jump from fixed points wearing a parachute.  The Perrine Bridge is one of the few places in the world where BASE jumping is legal, and it is a huge draw for jumpers from other countries (and the US, of course).  Here is a fascinating web page about BASE jumping from the Perrine Bridge – all kinds of information I never would have thought about while watching these daredevils.

Perrine Bridge.  Click to enlarge.  Notice the vehicle traffic on the bridge and the chute of the jumper below it, just about in the center of the photo.

This group of BASE jumpers from Australia were preparing their chutes at the Visitor Center.  You can see the top of the bridge in the background.

Jumper near center of photo Base Jumpers preparing their chutes

On Friday, we headed over to the Visitor Information Center adjacent to the bridge to watch jumpers prepare their parachutes and jump.  A group of half a dozen Australians planned to spend the day jumping; when we were here 5 or so years ago, we talked with a couple Brits who had come to spend their week long vacation jumping.  It is very difficult to capture a BASE jumper’s descent with my little pocket camera, but here is a link to a 10 minute video on You Tube that shows a jump in the first 30 seconds (I haven’t watched the entire video yet – saving bandwidth until we are using someone else's WiFi!).

If you are passing through Twin Falls in an RV, you can stay at the Visitors Center parking lot for one overnight, long enough to explore the canyon and watch the BASE jumpers.  We chose Rock Creek Park (click here to read our review) as our base camp, and recommend it if you plan to stay a few days.  There’s more to Twin Falls than first meets the eye.


  1. It always amazes me to see a golf course out in "no-wheres" land.

    You couldn't pay me enough money to do ANY type of jumping...base or otherwise. I can't even watch the video; it makes my knees weak!

  2. I thought the FALLS looked a little puny...

  3. So many years when working in Idaho I would pass Twin Falls, and yet I never saw it. Isn't retirement wonderful?!

  4. Wow! What a bridge and a fascinating look at 'jumpers.' Hugs, J&C

  5. We were in Stanley,Idaho many years ago and fell in love with it...We were there in July, stayed in a log cabin and woke up to frost on the roof..The elevation was 7000 ft.!..and Stanley has a little airport where the small planes carry hunters and fishermen who are going inland...What a neat state Idaho is!!

  6. Twin Falls looks great, that bridge looks scary

  7. One of the few jumps I didn't get to try back in our skydiving days. We jumped/fell out of a hot air balloon, did night jumps, and even flew a few CReW (canopy relative work) jumps. But never a BASE jump. Bev has over 100 jumps and I did just north of 500. Those were the days!!! 8^)

    -- jc&bev

  8. Drove through the area after Escapade last year. Will plan to stay next time.

  9. We were there last year and got some great shots of the base jumpers. Wish we had known we could have stayed there, we would have! Great shot of Perrine Bridge. Such an interesting place. Those kids are crazy!

  10. Base jumping is crazy. Tried the Banana oatmeal cookies - very good- thanks!

  11. It doesn't seem possible that the jumpers can leap off the bridge and get their chute deployed before hitting the river, wow! Will have to check that out, sometime, not something I would want to do, EVER!!