Fireworks Twice July 4 Weekend!

Because of the Saturday night ice show, and Sun Valley’s tradition of fireworks following the show on the Fourth, and the fact that the Fourth lands on a Sunday, we get fireworks TWICE this weekend! You will be able to look skyward at around 10:00 pm both nights, and enjoy the celebration with all of us… The back side of the Sun Valely Lodge is great place to watch from, or Penny Pasture has a front row seat right across the street for the launch pad, or just about anywhere in Sun Valley will have a great view of the works. See you there

Flowers Flowers Everywhere!

Newsflash: It is peak season right now for the wildflowers in our hills! For those of you who love the smell of the lupine in the sagebrush now is the best time of the year to get out and see this year’s flowers and smell the aroma. We can suggest three great trails right here in Sun Valley:
1. The new White Clouds trail just across the street fron the Sun Valley Lodge is a nice easy walk around the new golf course, and has Yellow and Purple Lupine all around it, as well as flax, larspur, sedum and Arrowleaf Balsamroot (great name, but not my favorite flower). And many more. It is a great spot for a lunchtime stroll and you will love the array of flowers.
2. Proctor Mountain Loop starts at Hemingway Memorial, and crosses Trail Creek on a beautiful hidden log bridge. It has possibly the best array of all the different flowers of our area. This trail has been a favorite of the locals for many years. A bit tougher hike, but very doable in less than two hours if you are looking for a peaceful walk with a great workout.
3. Dollar Mountain… Not many folks know about the flowers on Dollar, but those that have looked have seen the fields of lupine that smell so good it makes your head spin. Look for the footpaths around the hillside, they have a better walking surface than the service roads. You might have to share the trail with the horses out for a trail ride, but just step aside and speak nicely to the cowboys and the horses won’t be alarmed by you.
For directions, stop by Pete Lanes, and for a great little flower guide, Cheryl has some at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum. See you

Baldy Trails are Open again!

The Smokies have finished with their spraying…and have reopened our trails on Baldy! No way to know how successful they were with their project, but we wish them well, and thank them for our mountain back. There’s a possibility of rain and thunder this afternoon, but the hiking and riding should be great if you watch the skies. Remember, the lift guys will close the lifts at the first sign of lightning, and leave them closed for 30 minutes. They have been known to generously supply truck rides down for those who are stranded, but you should always be prepared for whatever can happen in the mountains. See you