No place was more perfect to spend my 1st wedding anniversary than in a beautiful little whitewater rafting town called Riggins, Idaho. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Pullman, we traversed along the Camas Prairie before descending into one of the first towns in legendary Hell’s Canyon.
One of the first things we did once we arrived (and checked in early to our hotel-score!) was try some local cuisine. I jumped at the chance to taste exotic elk and buffalo burgers.
Jake got Elk and I got Buffalo; they were really hearty and delicious! I couldn’t really tell it wasn’t too different from cow, but Jake remarked that he thought it tasted “wild.”
After getting ridiculously full off of our exotic lunch, we walked through the town and loved all the quirky buildings. Riggins was filled with thrift stores and local homes had interesting art in the yards.
The whole town is right along the Salmon River, which is beautiful and fast-moving. Riggins is considered the Whitewater Capital of Idaho. During the daytime, the area was sleepy and uninhabited. It became clear that everyone had been on the river all day when they showed back up in the afternoon, sunburnt and soaking wet. There were countless adventure and whitewater travel companies in the city; there were no shortage of options and the whole place had a relaxing and easygoing vibe. The perfect place for hippies like us!
We stayed at Riverview Motel which was right next to “downtown.” The place was overwhelmingly adorable with a private deck that overlooked the river and provided some incredible views by starlight. I couldn’t imagine a better place to stay here (A/C was one of the best things ever in 107 degree weather) and the property was well-kept and gorgeous. They had a private beach, a fire pit and a swing that went spent hours in!
We took a swim in the river and the current was moving fast! Next time I’d love to take a fishing trip or go whitewater rafting. We were right up close and personal with nature and it showed through the deer and elk tracks on the beach!
I just loved the woodland trees along the river mixed with the dry feeling of nature; Riggins put us right up into it and allowed us to enjoy some much-needed solitude. It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary!
Photos: Elizabeth Adan
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