Reader Stephen Barnard, who lives in Idaho, continues to send me stunning pictures of his environs. This one has the title given above:
Stephen, when can we all come for a visit?!
A WEIT party around Stpehen’s! I’ll bring beer!
I enjoy visitors. If anyone is passing though these parts (Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey, & Picabo, Idaho) I’d be happy to show them around and let them fish.
Please keep sending in the photos Stephen, I love them, but don’t think I’ll be able to visit. Driving that far on the wrong side of the road would probably get me killed.
LOL my aunt gave me a good rule to help driving on the side of the road you’re not used to: the line is always next to the driver.
Sadly, I have the kind of brain where even that rule doesn’t help.
Actually I don’t think it has to be. Before Sweden switched to right side traffic AFAIK the cars had left side steering wheels. On the day of the switch, people parked on the other side, awaited the passing of rest of the non-traffic safety hour, and kept driving (poorly, I’m sure).
I’m pretty sure having “right side cars” helped swing the opinion to adapt to the norm.
Yes but the opposite side driving car is an outlier usually. I know you’re allowed to drive them in Canada but it’s dangerous being on the opposite side.
IIRC (it’s been decades) that wasn’t the case in Grand Cayman. I suspect that might be true of other once-British colonies that are closer to the USA (for used-car imports). As if “wrong-side” driving wasn’t already thrilling enough…
One of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done was to buy a bicycle in London and then head out into traffic.
I’ve ridden a fully-loaded touring bicycle across London twice. Very exciting experiences, both times! Midday, full traffic.
Houses of Parliament
My most vivid memory of Trafalgar Square is of a woman with a little girl feeding the pigeons. The little girl was holding a bag of corn when what seemed like hundreds of pigeons descended on her and she was terrified, screaming her head off. Not quite a Mary Poppins moment.
I nearly got run over by a Mercedes in Germany once, by looking the wrong way for oncoming cars. It isn’t just driving that’s dangerous in foreign countries.
You’d have to go in the Krankenwagen!
Thanks, Stephen, we’ll have to note that down!
What a lovely photograph. Long ago, I lost a book on trout fishing and can’t recall its title or author but he wrote something that I’ve always found true about trout country that went something like this: It is not so much that I like trout fishing as it is I like the habitat where they hang out.
Trout require cold, clean water, so most of the places you find them are pretty nice. My creek, Loving Creek, is fed by springs, so it has a constant, ideal temperature and flow for trout and is clear as it can be. There are at least eight or nine large trout in the frame that you can’t see.
In the Sixties, Richard Brautigan wrote a novel entitled Trout Fishing in America, though it was a bit chary of detail on angling. It had about as much to do with catching Oncorhynchus mykiss by rod and reel as Animal Farm had to do with livestock husbandry.
I love these photos, I will visit Idaho if I ever get the chance, it looks heavenly.
Stephen, like everyone else here, I’ve really enjoyed the photos you’ve sent to Jerry. You are a wonderfully skilled photographer, and you have a spectacular subject to work on.
But, I’m chagrined by the fact the Idaho is the only state in the western US that I’ve never set foot in. I’m going to have to rectify that before too much longer.
You have to pick your spots. Much of Idaho (especially the southern part) is not very scenic, if that’s what you’re after. Going north, starting at Craters of the Moon National Monument, it picks up.
I can enjoy a potato patch too.
A beautiful state, all the more enhanced by its population (un)density.
Wow, this is a spectacularly beautiful image, and I suspect and equally awesome place to actually behold!
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