In quiet defiance of Gov. Brad Little the GUARDIAN joined scores of fellow citizens and openly defied the “stay at home rule” this past Sunday.
We packed a picnic and headed for Lucky Peak. No surprise when we hit traffic with cars parked along both sides of Highway 21 at Discovery Park. Folks ignored the barricades to walk their dogs, sun bathe, and picnic.
The road across the dam and the boat ramps were also closed. More parked cars. The dirt roads near Hilltop were blocked. More parked cars. The entrance to the Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management area was closed. More parked cars.
We crossed the high bridge at Mores Creek and stopped at Spring Shores. Gates open and boat ramps busy. More parked vehicles–BIG pickups with boat trailers.
Onward toward Arrowrock Dam at a wide spot opposite a trailhead more parked cars. At Jack’s Creek campground, barricades and more parked cars. We did an end run of a barricade and ate lunch under a new covered picnic table.
Last week we noticed Idaho Power has closed access to the Snake River at Swan Falls and all the other campgrounds and boat ramps including C.J. Strike.
On Broadway near Federal Way a lighted Idaho Transportation Dept. reader sign admonishes us to “STAY IN.”
This got us to thinking. Why are people protesting in front of Little’s office about the closure. It means nothing. If you want to go fishing, it can be done. Hiking and birdwatching, no problem. People appeared to keep their “social distances” and maintained their sanity.
In summary, it looks like Gov. Little’s transportation folks are out of step with the Spring Shores Park Dept. folks. Idaho Power is doing nothing more than punishing fishermen, and the conservatives are flapping their right wings at a problem they could just as easily ignore.
Wash your hands, don’t cough on people, keep your distance. Selling gas for $1.69 a gallon and telling folks not to drive is liking putting marshmallows in front of a six-year-old and telling them they can’t eat any.
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