Shoshone Falls, Idaho, Vertical Composition

Notes on Shoshone Falls

The Snake River is dammed within an inch of its life. It’s polluted by agricultural runoff. Diverted for irrigation. There are at least 15 dams along its length, most of them in Idaho. But once in a while it can still bust loose and show some serious water. And when it does, there’s no better…

Sawtooth National Recreation Area, July 16, 2016

Can We Think About this Privatization of Federal Land Idea?

Americans, and international visitors, love federal lands. Idahoans pack the federal parks, national forests, national recreation areas and other federal lands all summer. Everything from dirt bike racing in the Owyhee Mountains to rafting Wild and Scenic Rivers to backpacking Forest Service trails to filling up all the campgrounds in the state on weekends. Hunting…

Northern Flicker noshing on Virginia Creeper berries

The Yardbirds

Some random photos of yardbirds,[^1] photographed in WC’s backyard in the north end of Boise the last few weeks. Northern Flickers occur in interior Alaska in summer but, unlike their woodpecker cousins, Flickers migrate outh for the winter. Apparently to southwest Boise. The absence of red means this is a female. By far the most…

This Dec. 23, 2012 booking photo provided by the Alexandria, Va. Police Department shows Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo. Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012 and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said. (AP Photo/Alexandria Police Department)

Senator Crapo’s Big Blind Spot

Senator Mike Crapo (R, Idaho), is running for re-election. The Senator, a member of the teetotalling LDS church, was busted for drunk driving in 2012, but, hey, that was in Washington, D.C., and he’s told us all how sorry he is, and he swears he hasn’t had a drop to drink since. But that isn’t…

Hells Canyon, looking downstream.

Idaho River Cruise

This week WC and Mrs. WC took WC’s brother and sister-in-law down Hells Canyon. Just your typical Idaho river cruise. Because we didn’t have much time, we opted for Hells Canyon Adventures‘ jet boats instead of whitewater rafting. After the long, twisty drive along Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon Reservoirs in the upper Hells Canyon,…


Road Trip

WC is presently in southeastern Idaho, for the inurnment of Mrs. WC’s mother. It’s a long drive. But before feeling too sorry for ourselves, consider bouncing across the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin in these rigs. WC will get back to regular posts when he returns from the current road trip.


When Your U.S. Senator Is an Idiot

What do you do when your U.S. Senator is, apparently, an idiot? An acquaintance of WC’s here in Idaho, concerned about the Bundys’ armed occupation of the headquarters at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, wrote to U.S. Senator James Risch (R, Idaho). Here is his reply to her letter, with her name blocked out. WC has very,…