The vast majority of our drives between destinations, on trips with Wilma, are kept relatively short. and therefore do not include side trips. Occasionally we come across something interesting but it’s either too far off our route or not dog friendly (shame on you Barringer Crater!). Yesterday we passed on an opportunity to visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site (where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails in 1869….any Hell On Wheels fans out there?), as it would have added several hours to our six-hour drive to Layton, Utah, and it was still too hot (mid-90’s).
So most of our drives are really pretty boring, our research relegated to the discovery of dog friendly restaurants or nice picnic areas for lunch and exercise. And that’s OK……it’s what we signed up for; we love (most of the time) traveling with our beloved Wilma.
Yesterday, however, our drive included a couple of very interesting events…..one expected, the other not so much.
First, located just a few miles off Highway 84 near Twin Falls, Idaho is the “Niagara of the West”, Shoshone Falls.
Well, it’s no Niagara Falls, but it is pretty spectacular nonetheless. The falls are on the Snake River, just a few miles from where Evel Knievel attempted to jump his motorcycle (skycycle) over the Snake River Canyon in 1974. We didn’t attempt to find that particular site, but I’ve read that the dirt ramp he constructed is still there. Maybe next trip…
The next (unexpected) event just appeared in front us as we were approaching the Utah border. Apparently the thunder-storm that cooled off our stay in Boise the other night, also set off a few wildfires, one of which happened to be closing in on our route.
This was the closest we have ever been to a raging brush fire, and it was truly impressive in its power and scope. We were grateful we were able to get through before they closed the highway.
So it turned out to be a pretty exciting and scenic trip to Layton. Lunch, BTW, was in the Burley, Idaho Jimmy John’s parking lot…..not too exciting.
Today we drove to Rawlins, Wyoming. We had a Subway foot long sandwich lunch at a nice park in Green River, and Wilma continues to poop normally (no pictures)!