After months of planning, the date for the start of my journey had arrived. Milo’s son, Mason, was selected by his school to receive the Mayor’s Award in
Boise April 22nd
so I needed to plan my departure the 10th in order to be back
for the trip to ,
or else postpone it until afterwards. I left around 7:00 am on the 10th
and made it about a mile before remembering I had forgotten my phone. So I had to return and do a restart. I knew I’d be dealing with extreme variances
in temperature on this trip. It was 42
degrees when I left and dropped to 38 when I reached the Camas Prairie at the
top of the Culdesac grade. I had on 6 layers of clothing above the waist and 4
below. As the temperature rose I would
peel off layers. Boise
My destination for the first day was
, to spend the evening with
son, Clint. I stopped on highway 95 and
got a geocache by a beautiful little waterfall on the roadside. I tried a different route through Gooding,
ID in order to avoid
construction projects on the Interstate.
I left the Interstate at Boise
and went through Middleton, Star and Eagle ending up on highway 44 which turns
into Caldwell State Street. I don’t know that I saved any time because
there were numerous stop lights.
I left the Interstate at Bliss and got on old Highway 26 over to Gooding. I picked up one interesting cache along the way featuring an old Stinker Station roadside sign. Years ago when Stinker Stations (owned by Fearless Farris) were widespread in the southern part of the state they put comical signs along the highway similar to the old Burma Shave signs of yesteryear. This was one of the few left.
I arrived at Clint’s around 4:30 having traveled 421 miles. Clint and Elisha had burritos prepared which were delicious. To top it off Elisha had whipped up an ice cream dish that hit the spot.
I departed Gooding Saturday at 7:30 MST with the temperature again in the low 40’s. Normally when I leave Clint’s going east in the morning the sun is directly in my eyes until I turn south. There was just enough overcast this morning to lessen the blinding effect and there was negligible wind as well. About the time I turned south at
the sun was in
full force but the wind had also picked up. Twin Falls
I was soon in
and picked up a geocache every chance I got to get a break from the wind and
monotony. I’ve included a couple of pictures of some of the desolate areas
where I logged caches. The most
outstanding by far was the Nevada near Panaca.
It reminded me very much of a cache Yancey and I did in Cathedral
Park three years
called “Planet P” which was the location used in
the movie Starship Troopers (1997). I wish I had had time to hike some of the
I think it was nearly 7:30 before I arrived at brother-in-law Chuck’s place in
having covered 511 miles. Ivins is in
the very southwest corner of the state near St. George. Chuck and Joanne have a beautiful place and
they also hosted Yancey and me when we did the Ivins, Utah counties two years ago. I had a delicious chicken
dinner, got my caches for the day posted on the computer and got a good night’s
sleep. [To be continued] M/W Utah