Evel Knievel’s rocket over the Snake River canyon
Twin Falls, Idaho where Evel knievel soared
We left Willow Bay and headed to Twin Falls, ID where Evel Knievel failed in his attempt to rocket over the Snake River Canyon. We stopped at the Visitor Center just over the Perrine Memorial Bridge that crosses the same Snake River Canyon. Were told of a nice county RV park, Rock Creek RV Park, right in town that had water and electric hookups. And best of all sites were very affordable at only $15 per night! There were no picnic tables or fire pits but the sites were all paved, spacious with grass between. Most sites were back ins and were pretty much all big rig friendly. There was a a free public dump station about 2 blocks from the campground. The park offered no showers and only had vault toilets that were clean.
This RV park was part of a larger day use area that had a short but nice bike trail running along Rock Creek. It really was an Oasis within the city. We self checked in, had a great lunch in the motorhome and headed out to find the infamous Shoshone Falls just upstream from Evel’s launch pad.
The famous motorcycle daredevil made his attempt in 1974 to “soar” over the mile wide canyon in his “motorcycle” rocket with tremendous media fanfare , only to fail in the end. Fortunately he parachuted safely to the side of the river without serious injury. At last report his ramp site is being used by the local police as a shooting back stop.
Shoshone Falls are truly amazing. What a beautiful geologic formation created by the rushing waters of the Snake. This formation has been enhanced by man with some dam structures that are currently under renovations. The lake behind the falls offers great kayaking, boating, and fishing with access from a nice ramp in the park. There is a concession stand with food and plenty of picnic sites and walking trails. There is a small entry fee to get into the park.
After our recon of the Falls we headed northeast to the “Minidoka National Historic Site” about 25 miles out of town. This is one of the many relocation sites in the west where 120,000 american and non-americans of Japanese descent were interred following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942. While the site is now mostly farmland there are a few buildings still standing. Particularly striking is the original stone guard structure which stood at the entry to the “camp”. It is a very stark reminder of some of America’s darkest days. Having lived through the 911 tragedy, it is understandable what the human reaction to the Pearl Harbor attack must have been like but to inter citizens of America just because they were Japanese is inexcusable! What a sad part of the American story.
We stopped at the local pub for some clams and oysters on the way home – in Idaho – of all places! What a treat before heading back for a quiet night in camp.