Yesterday, we left Nevada and arrived in Idaho.  After setting up camp we went to the Snake River and took in the scenery.  I didn’t realize how much I missed seeing water until we got to Shoshone Falls at the Snake River.  Although the surrounding area is high desert, the water was a pleasure to see.  There is a lot of irrigation in this area, so there are crops and grass.  This is the first time we have had grass in our campsite for awhile.

Shoshone Falls on the Snake River. This is a moderate flow of water.

We saw this beautiful golf course by the river and I wanted to play!  I also wanted to paddle board.  The river looks lazy enough for my skill level to paddle board.

Snake River. Do you see the beautiful golf course? I’d really like to play it!!
re people paddle boarding or kayaking. This may be one of the only man-made structures in the US where base jumping is allowed year round without a permit.

But, instead of paddle boarding today (which I seriously considered), we went to the Sawtooth Recreation Area instead.  On the way to the area, we had to cross the Snake River over the Perrine Bridge and saw these guys jumping off the bridge.  Another thing that looked like fun!

Guy getting ready to jump off the Perrine Bridge.
Guy successfully landing on his feet after jumping off the Perrine Bridge.

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is nestled up next to the Sawtooth Wilderness.  We wanted to scope the area for a possible future trip.  We fell in love and we are putting it toward the top of the list for a longer stay on a return trip.  There is a lot to do there and lots of camping possibilities.  We found several lakes that looked very inviting for paddle boarding.

right. The Salmon River begins a little to the left in this picture. (Also called the River of No Return).
Sawtooth Wilderness Sign
Pettit Lake in Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

We went on a walk and the scenery was stunning.  Dart was in heaven.  He hasn’t been thrilled on our walks lately, so I have been worried that something might be wrong with him.  I know he isn’t crazy about the heat, but he was happy to go on all those hikes last year when we ventured across the northern states.  It was around 72 degrees today and there was no shade on the hike.  That isn’t significantly different than one of the hikes we took in New Mexico, but today he was happy.  We were able to let him off the leash (which is permitted in some areas) and he was extremely joyful.  At one point, his tongue was nearly hanging to the ground but he was clearly still happy.  I don’t know whether he liked being off the leash or liked the northern environment.  The sun is not as direct overhead, which could make a difference.  I am no longer worried about him.  He is healthy and fine.  I guess he prefers to be in northern states, so transplanting him to Florida for his home base probably doesn’t sit well with him.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area and where we hiked with Dart.

On the way back, we stopped in Ketchum at a brew pub and sat outside to eat and have a beer.  I got a double burger and gave Dart one of my hamburger patties.  The weather was perfect and the view was amazing.  The food and drink were pretty good.  What’s not to like about that?

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