Travel Plans During the Pandemic: Idaho?

Idaho Bike Trail

What a year it has been for the world and for travel.  R-tinerary’s last major trip prior to the shutdowns in March was in February to Colorado for a “Girl’s Ski Getaway”.  We had a fantastic time and created a great little itinerary for a ski trip.  Who knew upon returning that it would be our last trip for quite some time.  The world as we knew it had changed and travel as we knew it had pretty much stopped.

Prior to the Pandemic, R-tinerary had set our alarms and kept redialing to obtain hard to obtain permits to hike into Havasu Falls in Arizona in November.  And we had begun planning a trip to Spain and Southern France for late September and October.  As the summer came and went, we realized these trips were not to be this year.

We managed to slip in a couple of long weekends to Crystal River over the summer for fishing and scalloping. But really had not a clue about any other trips.   In the beginning of September we started looking for places that we could travel to in the United States. We were looking for places where we could be outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures as well.

Somehow in our digging around, we stumbled upon Idaho.  In doing our research, we discovered that Idaho truly has a lot to offer, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors.  We had originally planned to fly into Boise and head towards Couer d’ Alene, but because of Boise’s uptick in the number of covid cases, we had to make some adjustments.

We dug in and in actually about a week planned a trip from Twin Falls to Redfish Lake, Idaho.  It was a gamble, but we were willing to take it just to be able to travel somewhere outside of Florida.  We left Orlando masked up and made the long flight to Twin Falls.  This was an all-day affair, given that there were no direct flights and the best flight we could find had a 3.5 hour layover in Salt Lake City.

To be honest,  I was a little nervous about going on a trip that was planned so quickly.  Never had that happened in my lifetime.  But, to my great surprise, it ended up being an amazing trip.  We loved Idaho.  The scenery, the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, the hiking, and the biking trails.  Not to mention the restaurants, the breweries,  the temperatures, and the change of seasons.

It was a fantastic ten days!  And I highly recommend to those of you who haven’t been there, to give Idaho a try. After meeting several out of state transplants that relocated to Idaho, I can tell you “I get it”.  As we heard them say to us “Don’t tell anybody about it”.

We only touched a small part of this large state, but now we can’t wait to go back and explore more of Idaho.  If you are interested in a taste of Idaho and would like a “planned out itinerary”, check out our website for our Twin Falls to Redfish Lake Itinerary!

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