Sometimes I look out the window and marvel at the beauty that surrounds me. Other times I'll take a drive towards a destination I can hardly wait to see. Along the way I view the majesty of the trees, streams and rock formations that blend into a painting etched in my memory like a landscape by Cezanne.
Taking a drive can be a therapeutic exercise if you create the ambience that sends you into a spacial consciousness that wakes every fiber of your being. The music, the car, the chosen drive that releases the pheromones that opens your mind to focus on how special that moment in time is. So often because of time constraints related to a job, an appointment, or some other time obligation we miss what's right in front of us. How simple it could be if all we had to think of was enjoying and appreciating those things we so often take for granted.
If you get a chance I highly recommend that you fly into Boise, Idaho. Then, rent a car and drive the five hours to Orofino, Idaho. The 253 mile trek will take you on highway 55 along streams and rivers that flow year round. There are multiple places to turn out to enjoy a picnic lunch, bottle of wine, or even a nap to revitalize your senses. The highway winds past some of the most beautiful vistas you can imagine. There is even river rafters at certain points that will remind you how lucky you are to be in your car.
After traveling other winsome highways like the one in California or coming up over the top from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe on the 50... I can honestly say that the 55 from Boise to Orofino is a magic carpet ride. All great trips start with the planning. If you plan to take this trip make sure to stop at Deli George or Gandolfos New York Deli in Boise Idaho for to go deli food that will make your stomach sing. There are a plethora of liquor stores in Boise to find just the right bottle of beer or wine to perfectly pair your deli meal.
Then, when you reach the Clearwater river you are only a short jaunt away from Orofino. You must stay at the Best Western River's Edge in Orofino for a luxury hotel experience. Several of the suits are a thousand square feet with a sunken living room, dining room, double sided fireplace with a 40ft balcony over looking the Clearwater river. The room also includes a hot tub, jacuzzi tub, and full breakfast. All for around $220.00 a night. AMAZING!
There is a small downtown in Orofino that offers some very good dining choices and a nice walking path along the river. On the other side of Orofino is the Dworshak dam. The dam is located approximately four miles northwest of Orofino. The Dworshak Dam is the third tallest dam in the United States and was completed in 1973. There are many hiking trails and some quaint towns in the area to explore. The larger towns of Lewiston, Clarkson, and Pullman Washington are only about 40 minutes to an hour away. These towns I just mentioned offer excellent arts and crafts, dining, and hiking options.
So when your in need of a get-a-way to a no mask state that offers kindness from strangers, the beauty of nature, and the relaxation far from the maddening crowd... Enjoy your trip to Idaho to embrace the simplicity of life we so crave, and tell them Jack sent you. And they'll say, "Who Dat?"
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