Snake River Adventure

Candy and Cherrie

Candy and Cherrie enjoying thier cruise on the Snake River Canyon.

Today we explored the Twin Falls, Idaho area, by land and by water , with a little bit of short distance air travel thrown in, just to spice things up a tad.

BASE Jumper

BASE jumper off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. Photo by Charles Pannell.

It was a pretty busy day for us, but Cherrie’s favorite part was our pontoon boat ride through the Snake River Canyon. We began our adventure at Centennial Park, where Cherrie was able to roll down to the dock. Granted, she needed a little assistance on the dock, and some help boarding the pontoon boat, but from there on it was a pretty smooth ride, with some great scenery along the way.

The highlight of the morning was a stop under the Perrine Bridge to watch three BASE jumpers take to the air, and land on the river bank below. For those of you unfamiliar with BASE jumping, it involves jumping off a Building, Antenna, Span (Bridge) or Earth (cliff) with a parachute attached to your back, then gliding to a safe landing below. Some BASE jumpers throw in a few acrobatic tricks to go along with it, and they all posses a huge sense of adventure. But make no mistake about it, it is very dangerous, and not something you should try at home!!

For this reason BASE jumping is illegal in most places — but not on the Perrine Bridge. I guess these Idahoans also have a sense of adventure, as this is the same canyon that Evil Knievel tried to jump on his motorcycle, many many years ago.

But I digress. Back to the BASE jumpers at the Perrine Bridge. There were three of them, and they gave us a great show. Afterwards, we stopped on the river bank and talked to them, and then offered them a ride back to their car. They were pretty happy about that, as it saved them a long hike out of the canyon.

The ride back was pretty scenic too, as the canyon is still untouched for the most part by huge commercial developments. We were able to enjoy it all in peace and quiet, as jet skis and other noisy watercraft are prohibited in the area. And we had a fun a chat with the BASE jumpers on the ride. Come to find out, one was even from Northern California. It’s a small world.

All in all it was a pretty interesting morning, with a chance to meet some cool folks. So if you’re ever in the area, don’t forget to stop by the Perrine Bridge. There’s a great view from up top — simply gorgeous in every direction. And if you’re lucky, maybe a few BASE jumpers will put on a show for you too!

Today, it’s on to Burley, to learn a little more about the Oregon Trail.