After 18 years living in central Idaho, I FINALLY made the trek to City of Rocks National Reserve. What took me so long? Well, so much to see, so little time I suppose. Now that I have been, I already have plans to build another road trip around an extended stay at City of Rocks. … More Granite Paradise: City of Rocks National Reserve
Closer look at some “Red Wiggle” Sedum Ochroleucum.
On a walk through the garden, I was appreciating this yellow concrete decorative wall, then this little spider came into view. The spiders dark and light striping, and green and yellow hues blended naturally with the peppered wall. Neat!
On a recent meander out the front door, my wife, to her delight (mine too), discovered the uncommon Fairy Slipper Orchid. In central Idaho they are tiny, delicate, and a real treat. We found over 10 in one area, and a couple Morel mushrooms in the same magical little spot.
It is morel season in central Idaho! Hooray!!
This spring, my wife and I embarked on a long planned 24 mile hike along the gorgeous, rugged, and remote wilderness Hells Canyon National Historic Trail, along the Snake River. The hike began not on foot, but aboard the Kirby Ranch triple jet, jetboat. We hitched a ride from Pittsburgh Landing, with the annual Hells … More Take A Hike With Me: Hells Canyon National Historic Trail ~ Idaho, U.S.A.
The crystal clear, calm waters on Payette lake with the subtlest hints of shades of green on the shore line, caught my eye on a recent hike. The last remnants of ice barely holding on. Then I saw an eye in the lake looking at me! (=
Clouds flow onto rock Wind mixes with the canyon An ancient cycle
As the last bits of snow (at 5000 ft, plenty up high still) melt up here in the West Central mountains of Idaho, U.S.A., some of the first Earthlings to emerge happy, and eager are the succulents, spiders, and ground cover creeping plants.
A year or so ago I began planning an out and back hike to visit my good pals who just took over as the new caretakers/head guides, of one of the iconic Salmon River wilderness ranches, Shepp Ranch Outfitters. The private ranch is located at the confluence of the Salmon river, and Crooked creek, … More Take A Hike With Me Through The Gospel Hump Wilderness Of Idaho: Into Shepp Ranch And Back