We drove hard the day we finally got out of the Salt Lake City area. Late start meant late arrival but we did get into the area near Heyburn, ID on Hwy 84 by 5 PM. We stopped first at Walmart in Burley to get windshield wiper fluid and few other items. Then we proceeded to our big surprise RV campground. Called Heyburn Riverside RV Park, it is owned by the City of Heyburn and built with partial funds from Idaho Parks and Recreation. It has 29 full service spots and is really nice with curbed parking areas filled with crushed gravel, green grass, trees and level sites. It is actually on the Snake River and about perfect for us. Only drawback was limited cell service and really slow internet service. Sad to say we decided to spend only one night at the great price of $23. After we finished setting up, we drove 3 miles over the river to eat dinner at Morey’s Steakhouse in Burley, ID. This is a real jewel in a very busy agricultural area and we had the best meal we’d had in days. The prime rib was tender and baked potato (from Idaho) was perfect. They also had really good clam chowder. Check them out: http://www.moreyssteakhouse.com/index.php
We had to do a little research to find out why so many people have moved to an area that looks like it is in a barren desert. First of all they have irrigation, lots of it with big sprinklers and ditches everywhere. They raise potatoes, beans, grain and hay on lots of land. There are a couple of big Mormon LDS churches here and everything is in good condition and clean. A tremendous boost to the growth of Heyburn came in 1956 when J. R. Simplot Enterprise began excavating land along Hwy 30 N with a mammoth construction project. The result was the Simplot Potato Processing Plant-Heyburn Division. Several million hundredweight of field potatoes are now processed each year in the local plant with the majority of them grown in southern Idaho. There is a starch plant, processing plant for french fries, frozen and dehydrated products as well as huge cellars for storage, a modern motor pool, and service and overhaul facilities as well as a greenhouse for test plots. Hundreds of people have come to this area for the work involved in this plant alone. I found this link to a neat story by an old timer that tells a lot of the history of the entire area.. http://heyburnidaho.org/index.asp
The next morning when the Pack Leader took the Basenji girls for their walk this is the scene he saw across the river. As he returned he noticed a big Montana 5th wheel that had come in really late. Turns out we met some more really neat people from St. George, UT on their way to Yakima, WA. They came down to see all our improvements and upgrades since our floorplans are quite similar. They really loved our new chairs. Hopefully we will keep them on our radar.