Braving $4.15 gasoline, Aaron and I jumped in the 4-Runner and hit the road last weekend. Our destination: Nat-Soo-Pah (or "Nat-Soo-Crappy" as Aaron more appropriately named it). How did we end up there you might ask? Simple: my dad asked. Every year his ward plans a Super Activity for their youth and it has become a tradition that my Dad will cook Dutch Oven for them. Usually they whitewater raft down the Salmon River (one of my most favorite things to do)... but this year they planned an outing to Nat-Soo-Pah as part of a trip to the Twin Falls Temple Open House. Always open to spending time with my dad (even if it is under duress as a potato peeler) I always answer his sous-chef S.O.S knowing that I'll get a free whitewater rafting trip out of it. This year however, Aaron and I got a free night at Nat-Soo-Pah.
Aaron wasn't too keen on the idea until I started making up lies about why the Shoshone Indians named it Nat-Soo-Pah. That perked his interest. It also helped that we planned to spend the rest of the weekend camping at the Diamond A. Aaron hasn't experienced my grandparent's ranch yet so I figured that since we would be so close, we'd spend a few days on the range where the deer and the antelope play.
In true Wilson fashion...that plan lasted until about 11:00am Saturday morning. Soaking in the hot springs in 100 degree weather will certainly change your mind and that is exactly what happend when my dad and Aaron started talking about scouting out hunting grounds during our "Nat-Soo-Crappy" swim. Good thing I'm spontaneous. My only condition was that we had to hit the Twin Falls Air Show on the way out of town so that I could see the Blue Angels. You can tell by the number of photos I took (slide show below) how much I enjoyed it. Very cool! No wonder my little brother Clay decided that he wanted to be a military pilot after we saw them at an air show when we were little.
After the Air Show we continued northbound toward Carey, Idaho (population 415...which is near Sun Valley for those of you not so familiar with Idaho geography). There we met up with my mom and baby brother Cody for a camping trip up Wood River, my mother's native land. Aaron sumed it up pretty well at the conclusion of my mother's tour. He said, " why did you ever leave this beautiful place?" to which my mother replied..."you've never seen the Diamond A. When you do, you'll understand." At that Aaron said, "okay - I'll give you credit for why you left...but why haven't you come back?" Needless to say, my mom didn't have a good reply.
After two days of driving around the mountains with my dad, Aaron, and Cody....I'll second that option. Mom and Dad: I understand why you left...but why on heaven's green earth haven't you gone back? I can't wait until I retire. I'm going to buy the Rainbow Ranch and raise sheep. There I'll ride my 90 year-old horse Butch across the range and together we'll push them "lil' doggies" towards Sun Valley for the annual Running of the Sheep (inside joke). It will be heaven and I hope that you'll all come visit.
Be sure and stop at Nat-Soo-Pah along the way...