Twin Falls, ID High 77 Low 60
Jim and I have talked about how much we would like to come back up this way again next Spring. Lots of things we haven’t had time to see and do. But who knows what we’ll do next Spring. That’s a long ways away.
When we were in Butte in 2011 we got to see the jail cell where Evel Knievel spent some time for reckless driving. That’s his signature on the prison record books.
Now in Twin Falls we were able to see the ramp for his ill-fated jump over the Snake River. That pile of dirt on the right is the ramp.
The jump at Snake River Canyon was on September 8, 1974 at 3:36 p.m. MDT. Evel had a retired NASA scientist build him a rocket bike powered by steam for the jump.
However the drogue parachute deployed upon take off. (A drogue parachute is a parachute designed to be deployed from a rapidly moving object in order to slow the object, or to provide control and stability, or as a pilot parachute to deploy a larger parachute.) The drogue parachute had enough drag that the winds caused the bike to drift down into the canyon. It landed only a few feet from the water which is a good thing because if Evel had landed in the water, his harness would have caused him to drown. He ended up with only minor injuries.
You have an amazing view of the Snake River Canyon from the visitor’s center. This late in the year the river is very low because most of the water has been diverted at the dam.
But just look at how beautiful this canyon is.
You also have a great view of the Perrine Bridge.
This is one of the very few (maybe the only one) bridges that base jumpers can use without a permit. We were really lucky to get to see these guys in action. I definitely don’t have that gene that makes people want to do things like this but I sure had fun watching them.
Can you see his chute?
Is this better?
And a picture perfect landing.
A statue of Twins along the path on top of the canyon rim.