With some extra time during the week, I’ve decided it was about time to start visiting some of the myriad of State Parks here in Idaho. Some I have been in before, but those have been a scant few in comparison to just how many there are out here. Since I’ve lived in the State of Idaho for over 10 years now, I’ve got some catching up to do.
There is an option when renewing your vehicle registration here in Idaho, that you can opt for an extra $10 per vehicle to get special “State Park” stickers for your windshield, that gives you access to all State Parks for no charge. SOLD!
After looking at a roll over Tahoe in Mountain Home, I drove the extra 20 miles down towards Bruneau Dunes State Park. I’ve heard about the Dunes before, but have never seen them. But sure enough, there they were. Out in the middle of nowhere.
So just how did they end up there & why are they still around you may ask? Something about the crosswinds blowing the sand & the right layout of the surrounding mountains to keep it there. Sounds fishy to me. So I needed a closer look.
There’s campgrounds and such at this park, but the real allure here is that you can actually climb up on the Dunes themselves (if your heart doesn’t give out on the way up) & enjoy the view. It didn’t look so big from the road, but I had to stop for a breather about 3/4 of the way up to prevent certain death.
Once I was at the top, I discovered the crosswinds. The view was impressive when there wasn’t sand scouring my cornea. I’d get blasted facing one way, turn my head & enjoy the same treatment from the lovely crosswind. I didn’t mind too much though. Like I said, the view was impressive, & I was on the little dune…
While sitting on top of all this sand, I couldn’t help but think of the movie Dune & the giant Sandworms. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie, I was still just a kid in fact. Running around with my brothers yelling “Chaaa-SAH!” If memory serves, it was a bizarre movie. I’ll have to queue it up on Netflix and give it another go.
After a graceful descent back down the dune, I made my way further in. This was by the waters edge with a mini boat launch with a sign that read “Electric Motors Only”. I should have brought a Chevy Volt! I can hear my defense lawyer now, “But Your Honor, the sign did say…”
I didn’t have a boat to get to the other side, or the time to walk around, but maybe one day when I’m in better shape, I’ll tackle the large dune across the way. It’s easily 2-3 times bigger than the one I climbed.
Some other things I saw the last couple weeks…
I was told this sticker adds like 15 HP.Thanks to everybody who took the time to stop by & see what’s been going on! Don’t forget to check me out on Facebook & Instagram. Stay safe & put some miles on that thing!