Landon Shares Her Story of the 4th of July and Salmon River Days image: fireworks booth

Landon Shares Her Story of the 4th of July and Salmon River Days

Ten years ago, the best looking man I had ever seen told me about Salmon River Days. I was in no place to be making plans for the holiday weekend—Fourth of July was almost two months away and Salmon was 250 miles from where we were working together at the time, but, as I said, most handsome man I’d ever seen. It was my first summer in Idaho, and I had never even heard of Salmon. When the holiday rolled around, I had the weekend off, and the lure of  fireworks, a demolition derby, dunk tanks, and a parade down Main Street proved more than I could resist. I loaded up the rig and started the drive. Next thing you know, I was at Arfmann’s Four Seasons buying a USA t-shirt and some light-up sunglasses. This year the events start on Thursday, July 4, and continue through the weekend. There will be sidewalk sales, craft sales, and art shows in town; along with events out at the rodeo grounds. Fireworks will be after dark on Thursday, and the parade will follow on Friday morning. Friday night features live music at the Sacajawea Amphitheatre at 7:00 PM. Saturday brings a full day of activities, and the demolition derby starts at 6:00PM. The weekend will wrap up with live music at Sweetwater Hollow on Sunday night. Maybe I will even get to dance with that good looking man who hasn’t been able to shake me off after all these years. After several years together, I cannot remember our anniversary, but this year I will celebrate it on the Fourth of July. If you can’t make it down for Salmon River Days, keep an eye out for news of the Lost Trail Music Festival. This annual event falls on the July full moon weekend, which will be July 12th-14th in 2019. Along with a packed music line-up, there will be food, beer, hiking, camping, yoga, and art. For more information on Salmon River Days and all the things mentioned here, go to

Summer is Coming to the Salmon Valley

Summer is Coming to the Salmon Valley

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”   – Henry James, qtd. in A Backward Glance, Edith Wharton Summer is fast approaching and with it the pleasant leisure of the summer afternoon. Although many recognize the summer solstice as the official start to summer, the Farmers’ Almanac also references another date: the meteorological beginning. This beginning is based on the annual temperature cycle and occurs on June 1st. As someone who is continuously trying to fit everything in, I am going to advocate for that June 1st date. After all, there are a lot of summer events kicking off in June, and if we wait until June 21st, we will miss so much. It seems the Lemhi Valley Farmers Market also recognizes the earlier date as the 2019 opening day is Saturday, June 1st. There will be local produce, ready to eat goods, artisan crafts, kids’ activities, and more. The weekly market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Veteran’s Memorial Park, rain or shine. While there, you may come across Jeremy and Jessica from Swift River Farm, a local outfit that just received their official Organic Certification! Swift River Farm also takes the hassle out of food packing for those of you who may be planning a river trip this summer. Visit their website, give them a budget, and they will take care of your produce needs! Speaking of boating, June also brings the annual Salmon River Fest at Sweetwater Hollow! Join the river community on June 7th and 8th. There will be two days’ worth of activities, including a community float, gear swap, film fest, and live music. Info on Facebook Kick off summer whenever you would like, but you’ll find me toasting the changing of the season on June 1st, with a crisp glass of rosé on a summer afternoon! Landon is an international travel guide and writer who is based out of Salmon, Idaho. Her work in the travel industry takes her to rivers around the Pacific Northwest, the Galapagos Islands, and Cuba. Her work as a writer mostly just takes her to a table in the back of a local coffee shop. She writes for television and creates online content. When not  working, she enjoys fishing, boating, and knitting.