Just when we thought traveling out east to see New York’s Niagara Falls gave us the most beautiful and highest waterfall, we learned there is a Niagara Falls West.
Another Niagara Falls, you ask? Well, Shoshone Falls in Idaho is 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls, although not nearly as wide. If you don’t like crowds, you will love the view at these western Falls. You won’t have to crowd onto a Maid of the Mist boat with other tourists for a wet ride to the falls, instead a small boat can be rented for your personal up close feel of a dramatic waterfall spray.
The dirt ramp is still there (on the left side) where Evel Knievel took a giant leap of faith in his Skycycle to reach the other side. I remember that day in 1974, when thousands of people converged on the area in hopes of possibly seeing a daredevil fall to his death.
The rocket made it to the other side, but the drogue chute on his cycle came out too early. The strong winds and dragging chute blew his rocket backwards and sent him plunging into the canyon. According to the videos, Evel survived with just a bruised nose. His famously over-inflated ego allowed him to call the jump a success. I guess any time you can walk away from danger, confirms it as a success.
Evel Knievel’s son is hoping to recreate his father’s jump, but hasn’t announced his plans yet. Another motorcycle stuntman, Big Ed Beckley, received permission to do the jump this September. Ed’s plan is to jump the canyon one day prior to the 40th anniversary of Knievel’s attempt. Will he do it and survive? We will find out in a few months.
I love this sculpture named the Twins in Twin Falls, which seems to being twirling towards the sky near the Perrine Bridge.
No, these are not suicidal jumpers deciding whether to end their lives off the Perrine Bridge.
They are wearing parachutes on their backs.
Evel Knievel isn’t the only person that takes leaps of faith into Twin Falls’ Snake River.
The Perrine Bridge has the distinction of being one of the few spots in America that allow BASE jumping without requiring permits.
For the non-adrenalin junkies, BASE stands for land-based areas that people risk their bodies to jump off of – Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth.
The city requests that jumpers please let the police know about their risky intentions.
Thus if a motorist dials 911 to report a suicide happening on the bridge, the police can assure them it’s just some nutty BASE jumper.
We were fortunate to get to the bridge in time to watch two jumpers enjoying their passion.
My husband and I have jumped with parachutes out of a “perfectly good airplane” on many occasions, but have no desire to try this sport anytime soon.