Have you ever been so, SO annoyed about something? Or dreading it? Or avoiding it? Or rolling your eyes about it? Has that thing ever actually turned into something great? Something beautiful?
We had to make a short drive through Idaho to make it to Utah, which was REALLY where we wanted to go, and holy geez was I honestly surprised at the beauty that this weird lookin’ state held. No offense to people who love Idaho. I swear, I love it now too.
We knew we were in the right place when a local told us about Mesa Falls. We saw how excited he was, so we had to trust him and follow his lead. Where we ended up took my breath away. You could barely hear yourself think because of the rushing water, but really I didn’t have any time to think because I was looking around in shock.
We had camped the night before in beauuuutiful place (in Idaho) right next to a large stream. Falling asleep listening to this was the BEST. I guess I’m just raving about this state because it was so unexpected. We didn’t plan to stop in Idaho at all during our trip, but the night and day we did definitely made it to my top 3 favorite places from out west.
I don’t really have any food places to recommend from Idaho because our time there was so short, but Mesa Falls (above) is a must stop, as part of the Mesa Falls scenic byway. It only takes an hour to complete, and there are many stopping places (also pet-friendly) and overlooks that make your heart explode and fill up your camera’s memory card. We traveled with a dog named Bear who loved sticks and chasing squirrels, and we were so disappointed with many national parks and their pet policies. Of course, for places like the thermal pools in Yellowstone and water there that can reach over 200 degrees F, we understood the caution, but I was devastated when we couldn’t bring pup to Arches in Utah or Mesa Verde in Colorado. Mesa Falls didn’t seem to have a pet rule at all, and Bear was SO happy to get out of the car and see some new sights. This stop wasn’t his typical rest area potty break. We had the chance throughout our trip to go on many scenic road tours, and if adding on an hour or so gets views like those from the Mesa Falls byway, its WORTH IT. Who cares about the time?! There are so many scenic byways in Idaho that I wish we could’ve driven on.
I can’t wait to write more posts about our trip and share stories and pictures with you! Idaho, I wasn’t planning on loving you, but I sure do now 🙂