Party in Pendleton

A few months ago, my best friend Alethea called me up and asked if I wanted to join a trip with her dad and his girlfriend to see Maroon 5 at the Pendleton Whisky Music Festival. Oh, and it would be free. Um, yes, of course, sign me up. Last weekend had basically everything I enjoy the most: time with Alethea, road trips, concerts, food, and new experiences.


Saturday morning we set out on the easy road trip to¬†Pendleton, which is only a few hours away from Boise. It’s not difficult to understand how we get massive wildfires every summer when you see how dry all the brush is in the hills! I don’t usually head further West on my road trips, so when we got to the hotel I was shocked that it seemed to just appear and exist in the middle of nowhere. You look out the window and there is nothing but low hills in every direction. I imagine it’s quite a sight in winter!

We stayed at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino on the Umatilla Reservation. I always like new experiences, and this was my first time on a reservation and at a casino. Alethea and I had planned to at least try to cash in on our beginner’s luck at a slot machine or something, and we wandered around the casino for a while. Eventually we decided the casino was too overwhelming for us and we wandered out without placing a single bet.


Having failed to win big at the casino, we popped up to the room to get done up for the evening and for a glass of wine before dinner. We were treated to an amazing dinner at the Plateau in the resort. As a vegetarian, I have noticed that fancy restaurants usually aren’t worth bothering with because most of their fancy and expensive dishes are so expensive because of the steak and seafood in every entr√©e. At the Plateau, they had a total of zero vegetarian entrees, but I was able to get a pasta without the meat elements and it was actually very impressive for a simple alfredo! I don’t know¬†what makes¬†the sauce so tasty, but I suspect I’d rather not know.


The view from the restaurant.

After dinner it was time for the main event: the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest. Maroon 5 headlined the music festival, and it was a great performance! You can’t tell from the photo, but the venue was huge! The festival was held at the Pendleton Round Up grounds, which apparently is known for the grass arena and for being huge.


After only one night in Pendleton, it was time to head back. We had a slight detour on the way home though, and we stopped by the Sumpter Nugget in the town of Sumpter to visit Alethea’s uncle. The Sumpter Nugget just so happens to be a marijuana dispensary, which is legal in Oregon. Here’s Alethea and I looking very entertained after a brief lesson in all things weed.


Entertaining, but I like my drug-free life as is. We joked about the weekend as a weekend of vices- alcohol, gambling, food, and weed- but we stuck to the food and drink only. After that quick stop we headed back through the hills to Boise.


Since we still liked each other after spending a whole weekend together, Alethea and I decided we should check out the grand opening of a new ice cream parlor in downtown Boise. We picked up her husband and headed to “The STIL”, which stands for the Sweetest Things in Life. I had a scoop of Huckleberry Lavender, and I was really impressed and would definitely go back! It was a sweet end to a fun weekend adventure.

Things may have been quiet here on the blog the past two weeks, but they have been anything but quiet for me. My brother has been in town on leave from the Army, so in the last two weeks we had several family dinners with both sides of the family, we went to the zoo, we went to Jumptime, we celebrated the 4th of July, the family came together to send of my cousin to the Navy, I got to hang out with my friend Olivia at last, my friend Emily and I went to 1st Thursday downtown to hang out and¬†practice German, and last night I watched the Game of Thrones premiere with my dad and his girlfriend’s family. It has been a great couple of weeks, but¬†having¬†plans almost every evening for two weeks straight is exhausting. The fun isn’t slowing down any time soon though, so stay tuned for more summer adventures!


P.S. Less than two months to go until Austria!


The Perrine Bridge

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.