Some days are just meant for driving and day trippin’ . Saturday it was a dirt (well muddy) back road in Adams County, Idaho. With a quick turn off of Highway 95 onto Goodrich road we, after some sliding and bumps over old snow (slush) and mud holes , ended up in ‘Goodrich’, or what is now the Goodrich area.
The road, built from the middle fork of the Weiser river in 1890, opened up high desert and hidden valleys for ranching and orchards. It also offered a back way into Cambridge through Mesa (Mesa is a story for another day).
At one time the people in Goodrich had a post office and a school; the school closed in 1956 and the post office the next year. There are working ranches and homes so far back in from the pavement that a trip to town would definitely be a planned adventure.
There is a lot of big lonesome in Adams County … there are only about 3800 people in the whole 1,370 square miles. Hummm … that’s only about 2.something people per square mile … insert a big smile here, it’s peaceful!
After crossing the county line we stopped to check out Mondo Hotsprings. We didn’t take a swim (we were swimsuitless) but chatted up the owners for a while. The pool, new, and handicap/wheel chair accessible is very clean and well maintained … The hot-springs is in the center of a small RV park and boasts a bistro and an 8 person hostel if you aren’t dragging your own home behind you.
We finally pulled into Cambridge, the small town which is the gateway to Hell’s Canyon from the Idaho side. We stopped to poke around the pawn shop for a bit and then discovered an art gallery next door. I’ve driven down Cambridge main street a hundred times at least, and never knew it existed.
I’m giving a shout out to the artist, Kaye York, her work captures the heart and soul of this country and showcases many places that I’ve come to love in Southwestern Idaho. I didn’t have a lot of time to peruse the full gallery ,but did checkout her on-line gallery when we got home … I think our living room wall need a new painting …
Here’s to another successful Saturday Explore …