For someone who has lived in Idaho for nearly 22 years, you would think I have visited every corner and seen all there is. Not true. This is a big state. Really big. I have seen and done only a small percentage of what this great state has to offer.
So I resolve to see some new places this coming year, and I’ll write about them for you. And if you’ve already been there, please give me tips to pass along.
Let’s start with North Idaho. I love this area of the state. Where I live, in Boise, we have sage covered foothills and a desert climate. I love it, but I grew up in pine forested mountains with lots of snow, and North Idaho reminds me of that. I have visited several spots in the panhandle of the state, but I have not been to Priest Lake, so I’d like to visit there. What I know of it is this: lots of evergreens and mountains. That’s all I need.
Next, central Idaho. This is a part of the state I need to see more of. Everyone should. Most of this area is wilderness, which means you often have to pack in on horse or foot. I have never gone anywhere in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (isn’t that an awesome name?), which I am somewhat ashamed to admit. My dream is to raft on the Salmon River. You can’t really call yourself an Idahoan if you haven’t done this, so it’s about time, right?
In eastern Idaho, there’s a yurt near Craters of the Moon National Park where I’d like to stay. I’ve been to Craters a few times, and it’s got to be some of the most unique landscape you’ll ever see. I love yurts, but I’ve never been to this one. I don’t even know who operates it, so I will explore that and report back.
Even though southwestern Idaho is my home turf, I need to get out in my own backyard more. Something I’d really like to do is go hiking in the Owyhees. This mountain range is so different from the rest of Idaho. It’s desert, sparsely vegetated, and as rough as the people who live there. From what my friends and family tell me, it’s got some beautiful canyons and rivers, vistas and valleys.
South central Idaho is home to one of my favorites: the Snake River, and more specifically Shoshone Falls. I’ve seen many portions of the Snake River, but not a whole lot of the rest of rest of this area. My son’s Boy Scout troop recently camped and hiked in Thousand Springs State Park, where there are gorgeous hot springs and waterfalls. I’ve also never been to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument along the Snake River.
I resolve to get out there and see some new sites this year, and I hope you will as well. I would love to hear where you’ve been and what you liked. So I hope your resolution will be to share your Idaho favorites on this site.