I know that historically April is a completely unpredictable weather month in southern Idaho, but with this week's temperatures finally getting above 70 degrees, I'm thinking of relocating from the couch to my kayak for these final weeks of social-distancing.

The nice weather in the Magic Valley this week has me ready to venture beyond the walls of my home. My 18-year-old daughter has been the only one in our family that's been managing to get outdoors on a regular basis. She has been taking morning walks with a friend of hers along a Snake River Canyon path. As for the rest of us, we've been changing out of our sleepwear on average at about noon.

We recently upgraded our cable and Internet. A company installer made a trip to our home Thursday morning, and we both shared a good laugh at the fact we had to conduct our conversation through an open window, as reps aren't allowed to enter into homes because of the Coronavirus. A few minutes later I found myself in our shop, just staring up at our kayaks, and having thoughts of cutting through the waters of the Snake River with family and friends.

My favorite spot to kayak in Idaho is Stanley Lake, but we won't likely make our way that far up north anytime soon. Some of our favorite local spots include Thousand Springs in Hagerman, Twin Falls Park by the Idaho Power substation, and Balanced Rock Park, which is a less traveled waterway with some great rock formations to check out. I don't mind launching out of Centennial Park, but it gets a tad crowded for my taste.

Twin Falls Day Use Park

Greg Jannetta

Balanced Rock Park

Greg Jannetta

Stanley Lake

Greg Jannetta

Snake River, Twin Falls

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