The Hagerman Valley Historical Society is holding a fundraiser on August 5, 2017 from 11am to 5pm. This fundraiser will provide tours of Archie Teater‘s home and studio that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This home is located in the Snake River Canyon overlooking the scenic Snake River near Bliss, ID. The cost of the event is $60, and reservations must be made in advance (see flyer for details). The Hagerman Valley Historical Society is striving to preserve and promote the history of the Hagerman Valley. They are currently raising funds in order to build a new museum facility in Hagerman.
What a crazy weather year we have had in the Magic Valley of South Central Idaho. We have a rather mild fall, but come December, just before Christmas, it started to snow. That snow didn’t let up until towards the end of January it seems. I haven’t shoveled that much snow if a many years. It was only my snow that needed removal, many of my friends and neighbors needed help getting rid of theirs as well. At one point, at the edge of my driveway I had to have had at least an 8 foot pile of snow from all the shoveling. I’d like that to sound like an exaggeration, but it isn’t.
When I moved to the Hagerman Valley, I was told it is considered to be the banana belt of Idaho. Mild winters reign supreme. I was under the impression that I would seldom need to shovel snow; if it did snow it would just melt away before to long. Temperatures aren’t terrible, expect a cold snap for a week or two, but then the temperatures become more manageable. I thought this would be perfect, just what I need. I think I was expecting to much, especially after what we experienced this past winter. Don’t get me wrong, the weather is beautiful in the Hagerman Valley, it’s just this past winter will certainly be one to remember.
All that snow that came in December and January had to eventually melt. The more mild weather pattern set back in at the first of February, and the snow began to melt. The melting resulted in flooding throughout the Magic Valley. Fields were flooded, roadways were closed due to flowing water, roadways washed out, and the rivers began to flow. Fortunately temperatures dropped a bit again which allowed the thaw to slow. Now that we have reached April the snow in the higher elevations is starting to melt, and it’s creating quite the spectacle in our water ways. It is simply beautiful and awe inspiring.
The Magic Valley relies heavily on our water. Our economy is driven by agriculture and aquaculture. It is a resource we do not take for granted.
Click on the links below to view the power of our waterways this year.
Several years ago I determined that it was time for me to start taking better care of my health. I decided I should try to eat better and exercise. Over the years I fell into the habit of eating a lot of processed freezer foods as well as fast food. I also worked in an environment where it was quite easy to become sedentary. I also discovered that the older I got, the harder it became to keep the weight off.
I was fortunate enough to meet a lady that was willing to help me and to encourage me to take better care of myself. She introduced me to better eating options and encourage getting off the soda. I love a Coke, and that has probably been one of my biggest downfalls in this endeavor so far. I also love my chocolate, especially dark, so whenever a holiday of some sorts comes around I succumb to those cravings.
However, one thing I found I truly enjoy in my quest has been running. I have several family members who took up this activity and it piqued my interest. About four years ago I started to run. Wow, was it hard. I couldn’t even run a mile. I couldn’t breath. My legs hurt. My back hurt. I had to ask my daughter in law how she did it. I had to research. I had to actually buy good shoes. After some research and perseverance I was able to run that mile, then two, then three. Once I reached my first 5k I thought this isn’t to bad. Then I looked at what average times for a 5k run were, and I determined I still needed to work harder.
Just over a year and a half ago I finally ran seven miles. I was so proud of myself. But several hours later my legs and body were sore, sore, sore. I could barely walk. I had overdone it without working up to such a goal.
After I recovered I saw an ad for the Lake Powell Half Marathon show up on my Facebook newsfeed. I shared it with my family and challenged them to run it with me, I didn’t expect to receive any takers, and I honestly didn’t think I had it in me to run 13.1 miles. To my surprise, my son-in-law took me up on the challenge. I was now committed.
Once the challenge was on, I began looking for opportunities to run in organized events. One that I was familiar with was the annual Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run. This race is run just a few miles from my home in the Hagerman Valley at the Malad Gorge State Park. so I thought it would be a great place to start. However, during my training I injured myself so this race would have to wait. I then discovered the Spirit of Magic Valley Half Marathon being run in Twin Falls. I saw it was coming up in early June so I paid my entry fee and committed myself to running in this event. After a lot of hard work, on June on 4th 2016, I completed my first half marathon in just over 2 hours and 14 minutes. What an accomplishment this was for me
Throughout the summer I continued to train and on October 15, 2016 I ran the Lake Powell Half Marathon. It was awesome. The most awesome part was that I was able to complete the race in a faster time than my previous run at about 2 hours 7 minutes, plus I finished sooner than my son-in-law (he is very competitive). I had now completed my second half marathon.
There really isn’t a running season, you can run whenever the weather allow you to do so, and in actuality, weather only stops you if you allow it to. My next race is coming up soon and I am working on getting back into running shape after taking time off due to the holidays and the snow we have had this year.
On March 18th 2017, the Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run/Walk. This is a family friendly event that offers a variety of events based on your own comfort level. They offer a 3.5 and 5.5 mile walk/run and a half marathon (13.1 mile) run event. The event is held at the Malad Gorge State Park, which is one of several State Parks located around the beautiful Hagerman Valley. The race is officially timed, and awards are presented for various finishers in designated age groups, there is also a prize for best costume!! So, come join me for a run along the Malad River Gorge and take in the beautify that surrounds the Hagerman Valley.
You can contact me for more information at 208-731-4063 or click this link
It’s more than a house, it’s YOUR home!!™
The Magic Valley is located in the heart of south central Idaho along the Snake River canyon. It’s made up of Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Blaine, Camas, and Twin Falls counties. There are a number of small rural communities such as Kimberly, Jerome, Gooding, Burley, Rupert, and Hagerman that dot the region with Twin Falls being the largest city. The northern portion of the valley is home to Hailey and Sun Valley. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Twin Falls to be approximately 47,500 people in 2015, with a total population of the Magic Valley approaching 192,375 people. Since 2010 the population of Twin Falls itself has grown by nearly 6%.
The Magic Valley’s primary economic driver is agriculture. The region is known for it’s productive farmlands that produce sugar beets, potatoes, corn, beans, hay, wheat, barley and other products. Dairy also plays a major factor with numerous milk and cheese production facilities in the region. Recently Twin Falls was chosen to be home to both Chobani’s and Clif Bar’s newest production facilities.
The area also is well know for the many outdoor activities that are available. I’ll explore these and other topics of interest in future blog posts.
It’s more than a house, it’s YOUR home!!™