Riding Ice Blocks at Shoshone Falls
Twin Falls, Idaho
July 2, 2006
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Our waitress at Idaho Joe's told us we couldn't leave town without
seeing this hitherto unknown marvel -- and we were grateful for
her counsel. (It made up for her trying to get us to sign away their
liability when Jen ordered her burger medium rare. "Just in case," she
had told us, while holding out the bill for our signature. I asked,
didn't she think the first responsibility of a restaurant was to serve
food that's safe? So they brought it nearly burnt.)
At these falls, the Snake River pours over the cliff just a few miles
upstream from the spot where a faulty parachute foiled
Evel Kneivel's attempt to rocket across the canyon in 1974.
We did some daredevil stunts of our own when some locals left
behind the ice blocks they were using to slide down this grassy hill.
While the girls were sliding out of control, Nurse Jenny stood
guard in front of a tree at the base of the hill,
which she dubbed the "spinal-cord-injury" tree.