Looking at this map we really drove through the guts of Idaho. The drive from Wyoming was pretty interesting, partly because we passed Craters of the Moon National Park but also because we were listening to the World War Z audio book, so I was deep in thought about the zombie apocalypse. As you do.
We spent our first night in a sweet small town called Bellevue where a stray cat tried to join our road trip. We then drove on to the Sun Valley, where celebs go to ski in the winter apparently, and then to the Sawtooth Valley.
We stopped in Stanley, because a woman we met in Bend, Oregon, had recommended it. We will literally take travel tips from anyone, qualified or unqualified! It often works in our favour.
Stanley has a population of 68. It grows in the summer with people coming to raft and fly fish in the Salmon River. The town itself is all quaint timber buildings and is very picturesque:
We took a day white water rafting trip which was kind of a splurge for us, but well worth it. Kicking off from the Elk Creek launch we went over class II and III rapids. Given it was late July the rapids weren’t crazy or anything like The River Wild, a movie whose trailer succeeded in scaring me senseless as a child. Ok I just looked it up and that movie is set on the Salmon River! Glad I didn’t know that before…
I only took a few, very average, photos on my GoPro (stay tuned for the video!):
There were plenty of Deliverance jokes and duelling banjos singing.
The other people in our raft included a woman and three teenage boys from California. Nothing like hanging out with teenagers to make you appreciate being in your 20s!
The lunch provided by the rafting company was insanely good. Pulled pork burgers, mac and cheese and salad followed with cobbler. There are no photos because I only had the GoPro with me.
The trip also involved jumping from a rock into the water, video here. Note my embarrassingly dramatic scream.
That evening we watched the sunset from the only pub in Stanley. They had apple ale on tap which is the only thing I’ve managed to find in the States that resembles cider. It was delicious. What they call cider here is weirdly flat and very sweet. Such a great day.
We headed to Idaho’s state capital, Boise, to stay with Andrew’s friends Ben and Aurore, who used to live in Kalgoorlie. I don’t have a heap of photos from Boise because we spent a lot of time relaxing and revelling in not camping. It was just what we needed.
Ben insisted we try chicken fried steak, an American breakfast delicacy.
It was pretty damn good!
Andrew and I spent the next day exploring downtown.
All state capitol buildings in the US are designed just like the capitol in Washington DC:
I can’t decide if it’s weird or if it makes sense. Just near the capitol we discovered Guru Donuts:
The day we arrived Ben and Aurore adopted a gorgeous black labrador cross puppy and called her Vindi. She was so sweet natured and gorgeous I wanted to steal her.
She probably looks a bit glum in that photo because she could smell our dinner on the bbq (vegetarians avert your eyes):
To further our American food education Ben made the most amazing ribs I’ve ever had.
The meat just fell off the bone. And straight into my mouth, incidentally.
Andrew and I were in charge of the slaw which involved combining cabbage and a jar of sauce. Amateurs.
While in Boise we saw the new Ant Man movie, which I thought I would hate, but I actually loved it! Peter Russo from House of Cards makes an excellent villain.
That’s it for Idaho! From there we drove to Salt Lake City, which obviously I have already blogged about. Such confusion. Hope you are well!