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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Any Thoughts on Twin Falls Idaho?

As Wifey and I continue to research a location for our perfect homestead in the future,  we were told how wonderful Twin Falls can be for liberty minded homesteaders like us.

But we've never been to Idaho.  I was wondering if any of you have input on this topic?

-OJD

20 comments:

JMD said...

Take clothes....just saying. Beautiful area, gets nasty cold. Maybe not for you or your wife.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Ah, but we like cold & snow. Wonder about the length of the growing season.?

Marivene said...

Twin Falls has a more moderate climate than Idaho Falls, where we lived for 21 years. We had apple, pie cherry & plum trees, raspberries, strawberries & red currants. The hubby had relatives in Twin Falls, & they could grow grapes there. One SIL and our DIL are from the Twin Falls area. Last visit home, DIL & the grandbaby picked blueberries at a friend's house. Definitely snow & cold in winter, tho.

hobo said...

It is very cold in the winter. In fact, the eastern side of the state appears to get pretty cold during the winter months. They have already experienced several freeze/frost warnings/watches. This link will give you some last/first freeze dates for cities in Idaho: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/climatenormals/clim20supp1/states/ID.pdf

You can check out some of the local newspapers online, too, to give you some sort of idea of what the weather is like (and crime). Temperatures appear a little more moderate from Boise & over towards the western part of the state along the Snake River (at least that is what it has seemed like since we moved to Idaho two years ago).

Good luck in your research.
~hobo

myadventuresinselfreliance said...

OJD I live Treasure Valley (Boise Area) Below zero temps in winter happen regularly but usually not much snow in the valley. 100 degree in sumer is normal as well. This is High desert so Humidity levels stay low.
Growing season in the Treasure valley is May 10 last frost to about Oct 10 first frost on average.
Twin Falls is downwind of Mountain Home AFB but you are upwind of INEEL Laboratory (part of Manhattan Project)
Southern Idaho has a high Mormon population so preppers fit right in. Idaho has low wages in general but also a low cost of living. Agriculture is big in S. Idaho but tech jobs are still here.
Let me know if you need any more info.

Charles said...

I'm no professional, but I think you just made the best point.

john said...

maybe you should think of north central or northern idaho

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

an extended growing season would definitely be a plus. Here in Flagstaff, it's a pretty short growing season. But the snow is nice.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

thanks hobo. My research pretty much said the same thing.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

thanks for the info. That's helpful.just got back from a visit up there. I had two days of classes in Ogden Utah. And we snuck up to Twin Falls for a look. Reminded me a lot of Oklahoma with all of the rolling plains. Lots of crops of corn and beans. snake River Canyon was beautiful as were the Twin Falls. When out you should shown to look at a house. Not impressed over there. I would miss the tall pine trees and mountains from Flagstaff.I think ultimately what I appear to be looking for his upper Idaho or Montana. I really want the trees.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Looked at a house in Shoshone.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Which point?

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

I would absolutely consider North Idaho or central Idaho. If I could live close to Patrice Lewis from Rural l Revolution that would be optimal. But the job I'm being offered is in Twin Falls. But don't tell my boss.

Anonymous said...

We moved from AZ to north ID five years ago. Check out Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint area, Hope, Sagle or Priest River. We considered Flagstaff but were concerned about water shortages. We love it here. You will need plenty of snow "toys" tho. Growing season about 100 days.

Anonymous said...

If you're mormon/LDS, it could work. The weather is a bit intense (winds on prairie type, some freezing wind) and the growing season can be even shorter than it is a few hours north.

But yes, if you want trees and 200 lakes within a two hour drive and all that jazz, you're going to need to look further north. There more and more kind of hippie/alternative/natural folks moving that direction (not *as* many HOA type Californians anymore it seems), which is nice.

Anonymous said...

We looked at the very north part of ID, but opted to be south of CDA. Found a place that over looks St. Joe river in the distance. Was referred to as Banana belt, lol, but we will certainly get snow. Have an orchard and am putting in a garden. I really liked a bit (just a wee bit) south of here, over the divide in the Palouse part of the state, love Princeton and Harvard! Didn't get there, maybe next move...

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Mat Rieske said...

It's ok, only passed through but had friends who love it up there. Or you could move down the Cottonwood near me if the job doesn't work out

Anonymous said...

I am originally from central Idaho and moved to Twin Falls for 2 years and moved back to central Idaho about 1.5 years ago. I taught at a nearby public school and it was definitely a culture shock for me. There is quite a bit of diversity in the area. Twin Falls actually has one of the US's refugee centers and I had several students that were ESL and I had to have translators to talk to several parents. There is quite a bit of drug use and I felt like there was a higher crime rate than what I am used to (again, I'm from a small, farming town ~1,000 people in central Idaho).

However, there are many great things about the area as well. I met some of my best friends down there. There are quite a few interesting places to see. The Herrett Center at CSI has an observatory, planetarium, and plenty of other neat things to look at. If you don't mind driving around, you can definitely have some fun "field trips!" You can visit Craters of the Moon, Shoshone Ice Caves, and Mammoth Cave. There are even just trails that many use for walking/biking around Twin Falls such as the one that goes into the Snake River Canyon.

I also think that they have a longer growing season than northern/central Idaho. I know that when I was there, we always had snow/cold weather a lot later in the season than my parents did in central Idaho. It also warmed up a lot sooner. With that said, when it finally got cold, it was really cold.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your move!

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