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Road Trip Report #1: Twin Falls (stupefying and stupid)

Juniper and I got back from a road trip a couple of weeks ago, that took me through Northern Idaho and Wyoming. The things I found were either stupefying, or stupid.

Our fist stop was Twin Falls. This is a city perched on the edge of a vast canyon carved by the Snake river. This canyon was stupefying:

But inside the town, it felt a little bit culturally sheltered. Enough so that I was able to snap the following shot. A used car dealership called “Practical” selling big SUVs and a few Mustangs. Maybe I have turned Northern California soft seeing all the Teslas, Smart cars, and Hybrids on the road these days and thinking of them as practical. But really, I’m not that soft, am I? In Idaho I guess I am.

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Comment from lawn
Time September 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

You’re right that Twin Falls (and most of Idaho) suffers from being culturally sheltered. However, I’ll point out that the term ‘practical’ depends on context. A practical car in Costa Rica will differ greatly from a practical car in Alaska. After enduring many winters in Idaho, I’d much rather be driving that Jeep than a Prius. Having said that, the Hummer is an excessive douche-mobile, no matter where you live.

A side-note about Twin Falls, the bridge in your photograph is the only man-made structure in the U.S. that still allows year-round BASE jumping without a permit. Planning to jump it in the spring.

Enjoy your blog. Keep up the posts.

Comment from admin
Time September 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

That is a great perspective. I think I have forgotten about real weather, living here in weather purgatory as Juniper calls it (almost always 60 degrees all the time in SF it seems). So yeah, I would drive a jeep over a Prius in Idaho too.

And thanks for the tip on the base jumping. That sounds awesome, in the true sense of the word. I have done many free climbs of urban structures (bridges, roller coasters, etc), but have yet to let go. Rock on with the free fall!

Best regards,