Friday, July 3, 2009

The perfect place

Everyone in the Sun Valley area this weekend—and most of the summer—will have the experience of a lifetime.

Not only will everyone be able to join in the valley's celebration of Independence Day with a parade, a rodeo, an ice show and a stack of entertainment offerings, the backdrop for all of this will be the greenest Central Idaho anyone has seen since 1967.

Record rainfall in May and June has inspired local wildflowers to grow exceedingly tall and to spread in abundant blankets rarely seen in what is really a high desert environment.

Flowers that are usually a foot tall are 2 feet tall. Rarer flowers are common. Canyons and trails that normally are dry by the first of July still have water flowing through them and are sporting crops of wildflowers and mushrooms that even veteran hikers and mountain bikers didn't know could exist there.

Wildlife seems to have responded in the same way. We've heard multiple reports of recent close encounters with delicate spotted fawns in various outlying areas. (Anyone encountering a fawn should leave it where it is because deer mothers can be counted on to return to their young.)

Sun Valley Resort founder Averell Harriman found here the perfect place for the nation's first destination ski resort and its allure has been burnished by successors Bill Janss and today's owners, Earl and Carol Holding.

Those with a hankering for an easy bird's-eye view of the area's summer glory should not miss the opportunity to take the chairlift to the top of Baldy.

The area is more than beautiful this year—it is truly the perfect place.

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