The temperature at 7 am was 23 degrees.......ugh.....time we were further south for sure! We departed Fairmont Hot Springs around 9:50 am after dumping our waste tanks, and filling up our fresh water tank. We merged on to I-90 for 11 miles, then on to I-15 southbound towards Idaho Falls. Our driving distance for Friday was 210 miles.....a little further than we normally drive, but most, if not all of the campgrounds between Fairmont Hot Springs and Idaho Falls were closed for the season.
We crossed the Continental Divide once again on our way south at 6,873' then we crossed one more pass called Monida Pass at 6, 870' as we entered Idaho. The skies were clear, and temperatures were warming up as we edged further south. At about the 100 mile mark we pulled off in a roadside "Parking Area", which was perfect for our purposes. The only amenity was a single pit toilet, but that's no problem for us....we just wanted to take a break and have some lunch.
From the top of Monida Pass we descended 2,000 feet to Idaho Falls, our destination for the day. Originally we had planned to stay over night at the Snake River RV Park, but we made a "game time decision" to pull in at the local Super Walmart around 2 pm. We both needed haircuts.....I hadn't had one since early September, or late August and was getting a little shaggy. TLE had her last trimmed about the same time. Right in the parking lot of the Walmart was a "Great Clips" which TLE had used before, so we both walked over and got seated within about 10 minutes.
Once that was accomplished it was closing in on 3 pm so we decided to walk about a mile downtown to a new micro brewery called Idaho Brewing Company to check out their offerings. Yelp gives them 4.5 stars....I would put it closer to 4 stars, but what is 1/2 a star between friends, right? TLE had a Black Lager and I a Wolf's Oatmeal Stout.....both were very good, but since they only serve beer (not a bad thing, of course) and we were getting hungry we decided to head back the other direction about a mile to Snow Eagle Brewing and Grill to check out their micro brews and have a couple of appetizers.
Along the way we stopped to take some pictures of the actual Idaho Falls......they are beautiful! If I was rating them on Yelp, they would get 4 stars at a minimum.
We arrived at Snow Eagle shortly thereafter and found ourselves the only ones there except for two other couples.