“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”
― Morris West
It seems as of late that I have been traveling so much that times passes like the speed of light. Each new place offers its nuances and distinct character. In truth, there have been so many experiences and sites I have seen that I cannot post them in one articles and probably not even two. So, I shall give you a brief summary of the months gone by.
October – Salmon Idaho
We say goodbye to the lovely town of Jackson Hole. It is a sad departure, for we will miss this enchanting place. A quaint hustle and bustle town that offers many diversities in regards to people, culture, lifestyles and even the environment. Jackson is a “Must Return” place even if only for a visit.
We arrive in Salmon Idaho. It is a small town of 3,112 that is nestled by the great Salmon river. A calm and serene river that metamorphosis in the spring to a raging and roaring thunder of white water. In the summer the mighty river attracts many rafters that love the whitewater it has to offer. It is estimated that the town more than doubles in the summer. For rafting, outfitters offer thrilling week-long white water expeditions and mild half-day scenic float trips.
The main Salmon River is the legendary “River of No Return” canyon, with option of nights at historic lodges and homesteads. It offers moderate whitewater and beautiful swimming beaches, ideal for family trips. The Middle Fork has class IV whitewater, excellent fly fishing and wilderness camping. In fact, it holds 100 miles and 100 rapids in the heart of Idaho’s wilderness canyons. The Lower Salmon is the fisherman’s dream with both steelhead and chukar. An with the low elevation, you can enjoy warm long weekend trips in September and October.
In the winter, the town of Salmon has a meek disposition that ices over once the tourist leave. However, you can sometimes spot a visitor or two, generally here to hunt for the elk or deer. The biggest excitement during the long cold days is the offering of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree is absolutely huge! It is so big that it sits on a semi-truck. During the festivities, you can enjoy hot chocolate, hat spiced cider or a cup of Joe.
My favorite place to visit was the local bakery. Odd Fellows’ Bakery has some amazing baked goods and a pleasant friendly staff. I also enjoyed sitting in the old building that had a wonderful ambiance of tall ceilings, brick walls and miscellaneous items for sale such as pottery, local honey and more. However, the owners of the bakery leave in the fall when the tourists season subsides. I had to wait until mid November before they reopened. Tuesdays were my favorite days, they always had their $1.00 baguettes just for the locals.
Another great attraction in Salmon is the Sacajawea Interpretive Culture and Education Center. It focuses on Lemhi Shoshone culture, as well as the interaction between Sacagawea and other Shoshone plus Lewis and Clark.
Other interest in the area include mountain biking, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, gold panning and searching for opals. there is also Heritage Days where you can enjoy an 1805 living history experience, blacksmith demonstrations, wool dying and spinning, salmon and buffalo feast, Shoshone-Bannock tribe dancing expedition and a trade circle for all ages.
Due to lack of work in the area, by mid December my granddaughter and I moved once again. Off to McCall Idaho.
More to come soon….. the mystery continues