Thursday, June 16, 2016

Settled in

Here we be.  Cascade, ID, population 900-something.

I arrived in the early afternoon, after what felt like a very long drive across to Boise from Jerome: Flat and uninteresting.  Getting on Rt 55 northwards toward Cascade required going straight through Boise, and while it wasn't all that hard, I found myself wondering how on earth I'd ever have done it, solo, with just paper maps.  Thank you, Waze!

Once north of Boise, the trip got nicer.  The road ran along the side of the Payette river, one of the West's premiere whitewater routes.  Some pretty gnarly-looking Class III and IV rapids; I only got a picture of one, almost certainly an easy III:

If you can, I recommend enlarging the image.  The interesting stuff is up in the top.  Yee-hah!

I used to be a whitewater guide.  Not on small fierce runs like this, but on big desert rivers like the Green and Colorado down in Utah. Still quickens my pulse, though, and I found myself "scouting" the way through some of the more challenging runs.

I'm staying here at Water's Edge park for a week.  I'll have more to say about the park and the town as the week goes on ... but here's the view:

Not bad, huh?  The weather has been cloudy and drizzly all day.  The high was somewhere in the 50s. Tomorrow should be mostly clear with highs about 20 degrees warmer.  I like it here.

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