Saturday’s adventure had it all:
Time with my dad. Motorcycle rides. Café Rio salads. Canyons. Former third highest bridges in the world. Evel Knievel.
When my dad came to Boise, I knew I had to get him in on my summer bucket list adventures, and what better way to see the jump site of a motorcycle riding daredevil than to road trip there on a motorcycle?
I am a bit of an Evel Knievel fan. His life story is fascinating, ridiculous, and hilarious. If nothing else, Evel Knievel embodied the idea of “if at first you don’t succeed, try again”. Evel Knievel holds the Guinness World Record for most bones broken in a lifetime, and somehow he just kept jumping and jumping. I just listened to the Dollop podcast episode called “Two Daredevils” about Evel Knievel and another stuntman, and two comedians go through and detail the antics of two stuntmen and I recommend checking it out because I was cracking up*.
Dad and I set out to find the little monument to Evel Knievel at the site on the Snake River Canyon. It’s located at the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, formerly the third tallest bridge in the world. From the bridge the ramp where he attempted to jump the canyon in a “skycycle” rocket is still visible. Of course, the stunt went awry and his parachutes deployed early. He escaped the incident relatively unscathed, incredibly. Here are some photos of the canyon and the dirt ramp.
Mission accomplished, we found the Evel Knievel monument at the visitor’s center for the bridge! The bridge itself is really impressive. It’s huge, and I like how simple it is. It’s a common place for BASE jumpers, and we saw a big group of them jumping one by one.
It was another great little road trip with my dad, and I’ll miss him and our adventures when I’m abroad again for sure.
*Podcast contains explicit language.
Photos by Sandra Walker. Twin Falls, Idaho. June 2017.