Thursday, April 5, 2018

Go pond-skimming at Brundage, road trip to Shoshone Falls or hit a hot springs

 Pond skimming at Brundage on Saturday! (Courtesy Brundage Mountain) 

Hi all,

Well, this weekend presents a real quandary because of the wet, warm soggy weather. Snow levels are supposed to be at 7,000-8,000 feet tonight and 9,000-10,000 feet by Saturday in SW Idaho, and there's 100 percent chance of rain on Friday night and Saturday, so hey, break out the umbrella and rain gear and consider a few options.

Option #1. It's going to be wet anyway on Saturday, so why not participate in the Crazy Daze and Pond Skimming at Brundage Mountain?

The Brundage event includes a Treasure Hunt, Poker Run, Beer Relay, Costume Contest before the pond-skimming begins at 1:15 p.m. Dress up and rule the pond!

The Kayak Slush Cup at Bogus was scheduled for Saturday, but it's been canceled, according to the Bogus Basin Facebook page on Thursday night.

Option #2. Take a road trip to Twin Falls to see Shoshone Falls and hit Miracle Hot Springs and the Snake River Grill on the way home on the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway. I mentioned this as a Spring Break option, and it's just as valid this weekend. Shoshone Falls is running at more than 13,000 cfs, a big flow. There's a small fee to get into the park, and there are several excellent viewing platforms for seeing the falls as close as possible.

Easy add-on: While you're on the way home on the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway. stop at the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area and fish the ponds for trout, bass or bluegill.

Option #3. Go soak in a hot springs of your choice. I checked with The Springs in Idaho City, and they're booked to soak in the regular pool all day on Saturday and Sunday. A few sessions in private pools are available.

Kirkham, Gold Fork and Bonneville Hot Springs are some obvious choices.

Option #4: Go kayaking or rafting on the Payette River. The water is coming up, and the main Payette, South Fork Payette and North Fork Payette are runnable. The flows are up to 4,600 in Horseshoe Bend as of Thursday night, and 750 cfs at Lowman on the South Fork. The North Fork is running 2,630 cfs at Banks. Could do an early-season trip on Cabarton, too!

There's no bad weather only bad gear, right?

Otherwise, pick an indoor activity to enjoy this weekend.
- SS