Friday, June 01, 2012

Bridge and Canyon Tour

Two weeks ago, I posted a picture of an iconic bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho called the Perrine Bridge.
This is the visitor center not far from the bridge.
The bridge not only serve as a path to bring people across the Snake River, but adventure seekers also use it for BASE jumping with parachutes. BASE stands for objects to jump from such as a Building, Antenna, Span, or Earth.
I don't know much about parachuting, but at an elevation of 486 feet, is that enough time to open a chute and land safely?

Nearby is a statue of Mr. Perrine who was an early settler in the area.

Not only was it a thrill to see the bridge, but to be able to walk on it on both sides was a real treat.
A few easy steps take you right up, but watch out, it is very windy!
To the left is a monument to the daredevil Evel Knievel in his failed attempt to jump across the canyon in his a steam-powered rocket in 1974. He didn't make it very far across before his parachute opened and he drifted to the ground below. Locals told me he left town in the middle of the night still owing the townspeople and others money so he is not a well-liked figure so I was surprised there was a monument in his name.

It is a heavily crossed bridge during rush hour, but here is a rare view of it empty for the moment.As we spent the hour on the bridge walking and admiring the views below, we encountered no other pedestrians.

From the bridge, you can see the visitor overlook, cliffs, and river below. If you enlarge the picture, there is a man standing on the edge of the overlook to get a perspective of its enormity.

Look straight down and you can see boaters cruising the river on this warm late afternoon.

Someone stuck a fake $2 bill to the bridge railing. Up close, you can see it is an advertisement for Casey Neistat's website.

The pedestrian walkway takes you below the bridge so you never encounter traffic to cross over to the other side.

Here is the view from the other side of the bridge.

- Karen


eileeninmd said...

Wonderful views of the bridge and the river. The scenery is beautiful. Great shots!

LifeRamblings said...

the views are extremely gorgeous and i especially like the wake pattern of the boat. thanks fo the virtual tour.

Anonymous said...

It sounds a great place.
The last photo is very breathtaking.

betchai said...

beautiful, I love it Karen, now, I will start searching for this one, hope this is not so far from where we are going. said...

Wow, I guess it wasn't so bad to be on the bridge after all. Gorgeous shots.