My parents left Sunday late afternoon for Warm River Campground after church with our kids, and Squire and I had the afternoon together alone. Honestly, the house was eerily quiet without them there. Quietness in our home makes me wonder if everyone is alive, or if someone is coloring on the couch with permanent marker or something! Ha! Getting out of the house helped me settle into the reprieve of a few precious days of alone time with Squire.
On Monday, we got up at 6:30am to pack up and head out. We got breakfast at 5th Street Bagelry in Pocatello and took to the road for Driggs, Idaho.
Wrap and Roll for some wraps for lunch. Squire said, "I don't even like wraps, but I like this. I would get this again." (Sesame Beef - excellent! Chicken Curry was good, too!) Then we drove up Darby Canyon to hike to the Darby Wind Caves. And now! Here are approximately 1.2 million pictures to document the beauty up there.
It was windy higher up on the clearer parts of the trail. Squire was cute and thought to bring a kite for us to fly a bit. It didn't go too high up, but it was nice to try while we caught our breath a bit.
There were a few of these plants with orange triangular-shaped berries. I have tried to research what they are, but haven't found out yet. There were also wild raspberries growing along much of the trail. We snacked on a few on our way up. I would really love to do this hike earlier in the year as there are wildflowers everywhere! But the petals had already fallen off of most of the flowers. (August 22nd is the day we did this hike.) I bet it is gorgeous late Spring or early Summer. Even late Summer, it was still stunning - as you can see for yourself!this story about how 5 people died by lightening strike by the caves. I was reassured when I checked the weather and found that there was 0% chance of rain on the day of our hike. We were glad to have known the story before we encountered this monument. It was tragic, and yet you could see miracles in it, too.
A chickadee both interested and apprehensive about my nearness.
Fenix TK22 flashlight performed so well other hikers wanted to know what light we were using. (*Note to self: You pay for cheap quality stuff in other ways!) The re-usable PaqLite glow necklaces were also a source of comfort inside the pitch black cave.
Gorgeous view looking out.
Chipmunks were abundant. Managed to snap a photo of this little guy.
We then headed over to our lodging for the evening - The Fin and Feather Inn, in Victor, ID. An outstanding Bed and Breakfast. Lovely room with a claw foot bath tub and walk in shower, immaculately clean, beautifully decorated, excellent views and interesting company at breakfast the next day. (We were the youngest guests, everyone else was retired. The others were from San Franscisco, Panama (Germans!), and France.) We enjoyed visiting with them for over an hour the next day over a delicious breakfast. Would highly recommend it for anyone looking to getaway for a couple of days. It was great!
On our way over, we spotted cranes walking through a field.
|Ever wondered what Squire would look like with a mustache? Now you know.|
While we were exploring the Teton Valley, my parents took the kids to Warm River Campground in their RV. They all loved playing in the shallow water . . .
And did it all over again the next day!
All in all, I'd say it was a smashing success of Idaho travel! Literally! On their drive back to Pocatello, a potato hit my parent's windshield!! When in Idaho. . . enjoy all the great finds I shared with you in this post! And watch out for Potato trucks!!