Averell Harriman, Chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1932-46, brought many celebrities, including Ernest Hemingway, to Sun Valley where an elegant lodge had been built in 1936. It was a way to let the world know that a special lodge and ski area were open for business.
Hemingway would return there when seeking solace away from the demolition derby that was his life.
In fact, he wrote the last chapter to For Whom the Bell Tolls in Room 206 of the Sun Valley Lodge. He was, according to the concierge who graciously offered to show us the room (now Suite 228), superstitious and visited Room 206 to ink the final sentences of many of the stories and books that came afterward.
Sadly, when the Sun Valley Resort was entirely updated two years ago, the Suite itself was updated.
But I thought you might like to see the room where his desk was, the deck outside the room, and his grave at the Ketchum Cemetery.
We left Ketchum, drove up Highway 75 and through the Salmon Valley, which is bordered by the Sawtooth Moutains.
We arrived in Boise, one of the most civil cities we have ever visited. Alas, it was a Monday and museums were closed.
“I know what we can do, Cheri! Let’s drive to Baker City, Oregon.”
A man with more stamina for his age than any other man I know, he coaxed me into the car for another 2 hour (4 round trip) drive and off we went.
Have you ever seen Baker City, Oregon? All I know is that it was on the 2017 Solar Eclipse path of totality. After walking around this small town, I tried to imagine what it was like when 20k people descended on it last month.
Can you believe another building there was named after my family?
And then back to Boise.