Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Idaho

State 10:

Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!

I will be featuring the states alphabetically. The next state is

Idaho

Idaho became the 43rd state on July 3, 1890 and the capital is Boise.

We’ve driven through the Idaho panhandle on I-90 a couple of times going between Montana and Washington but never had a chance to stop in that part of the state.

Welcome to Idaho
Welcome to Idaho

I discovered there was more to Idaho than potatoes when we spent a fabulous week in Island Park, Idaho near West Yellowstone, Montana.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to potatoes there were waterfalls, mountains, cattle ranches, and spectacular scenery.

We chose Red Rock RV Park in Island Park on a small country road as our home base for exploring Yellowstone National Park.  It was a quiet and peaceful location to relax after spending the day exploring.  We were so busy enjoying the wonders of Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and  the scenery going to and from the parks that I never got around to taking many pictures of the campground.

One of our drives took us through Yellowstone and the Tetons and back to the campground through Idaho. We passed by fields of wheat and potatoes before driving on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway in the Targhee National Forest.

We made a stop at Mesa Falls State Park for a look at two waterfalls.

Lower Mesa Falls
Lower Mesa Falls
Stairs lead to a viewing platform at Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho
Stairs lead to a viewing platform at Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho
Upper Mesa Falls
Upper Mesa Falls
Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho
Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho

One day as we were returning to the campground we were held up by cowboys herding cattle down the road. Another day we had to cancel our plans to attend a rodeo because of a big thunderstorm.

Idaho Sunset
Idaho Sunset

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama      Alaska      Arizona      Arkansas      California      Colorado     Florida      Georgia      Hawaii

15 thoughts on “Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Idaho”

      1. I think it was in NC where they had fabulous falls, but stairs were involved, so Bill just took pictures (and I snapped photos of his descent!) for me while I waited. It’s so weird, I can climb a mountain, created by God, but man made stairs kill my knees. So glad I can at least hike!
        So stairs are OK for you? I can actually go down, it’s coming up that is painful….

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