Pilgrimage to Hemingway's Gravesite, Salmon to Ketchum, ID
Salmon, ID, population three-or-so-thousand, is home to the best local hazelnut ale on the planet, much scenery, and rafting trips down the Salmon River. If you're in Salmon and have a day to spare, take a trip south to Ketchum through the Sawtooth National Forest. If you're a Hemingway buff, and have never been to Idaho, the drive will help you understand why one of the most celebrated living writers of his day chose to settle into the final years of his life in a small town in Idaho. The winding roads along ID-75, dotted with scenic overlooks and tiny towns, take you through the Sawtooth mountain range, and provide backdrops that may invoke thoughts of the terrifying beauty in both the life and works of Ernest Hemingway. Papa is buried at Ketchum Cemetary, on the left as you enter the outskirts of town. If you've ever seen the 1961 Life magazine photograph taken from behind the author's private memorial service, stand in the same place as that photographer did-- there are many more graves and trees in the foreground, but you'll see if you go there in July, that the mountains in the background stand exactly as they did on the day Papa was buried. This photo was taken in Stanley, ID, along the drive.