Cooling Off on a Hot Day

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The city of Eagle, Idaho, hosts a yearly event called “Family Fun Days,” the highlight of which, for many, is the Rocky Mountain Oyster feed (Google Rocky Mountain Oysters. You won’t be disappointed). For others, the highlight is the parade, during which firefighters and people on floats regularly douse parade-watchers on the side of the road with cold water. Over the years, the people have learned to fight back, with ever-more-powerful water guns, and by packing in buckets and bins full of water for reloading. A very fun event, and these are a very few of my favorite image from this year’s event.

Travel Theme: Frozen

This week, Ailsa has challenged us to show frozen photos from our travels. Despite what are normal (non-frozen) temperatures in our area this fall, I’ve been a few cold places with my handy-dandy camera.

Mt. Greylock, North Adams, Mass.

Mt. Timpanogos, Sundance, Utah.

Hoping it doesn’t get cold at home for three or four months. I definitely hope things don’t turn out like last year.

Ghost town in southeastern Idaho

Hubby and I rode with a friend to Silver City, Idaho, on Saturday. I’ve been aware of this popular tourist destination for much of my adulthood, but had never made the trek. I’d like to pretend it’s because I don’t have a four-wheel-drive vehicle (required to make the drive), but with my dad owning a 4-w-d pickup and living a mile away, that excuse doesn’t fly. Having visited other ghost towns, I was surprised to encounter so many other people – we saw at least 50 UTVs in the town and on the road to and from, and was also surprised that so much of the town had been restored, and had people residing in the buildings.

Some of the architecture of the ghost town. Some buildings have been meticulously restored (school, church), others have been allowed to disintegrate (still-operating hotel and restaurant).

Random scenes from around the town. Notice the sign on the (working, but padlocked) outhouse declaring tours were by appointment only. These country folk have a sense of humor. The town also has public outhouses in convenient locations.

The town’s cemetery (not cemetary, as the sign proclaims) is a short walk, or one-lane drive, up a small hill. At the bottom is the “Odd-Fellows” cemetery, where members of the organization can be buried. At the top is the “citizens cemetery,” for residents of Silver City. Sadly, if the headstones are to be believed, many of the residents are “Unknown” (middle photo). Because of the age of many of the graves, I believe that the stones degraded with age, and possibly were vandalized, and the cemetery didn’t have accurate records to show who was buried where.

If you’re ever in southwestern Idaho and have six to eight hours to spare, and access to a four-wheel-drive, make your way to Silver City. It’s a lovely experience, and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.