From Where I Sit

A Magic View of the Magic Valley

Story and Photos by Michael Rogers

For me, telling a story about Idaho is easy. Telling a story about the town of Buhl, where I live, on the west end of the Magic Valley of south-central Idaho eighteen miles west of Twin Falls, is really easy—and the reason is because I am not from here.

When I moved to Buhl in 2005, after thirty-one years living in Fairbanks, Alaska, I saw things differently because I was a newcomer. I know from experience that this is a good thing, because in my line of work, driving trucks, I constantly see many places that are new to my eyes.

My first impression of Buhl when I moved here was how interesting it was that the main road, US Highway 30, slopes down. This interested me because when I started driving a tractor trailer for a Castleford company, I got an excellent view of that sloping terrain. The difference compared to most drivers is that from behind the wheel of a tractor trailer you have more to see and a bigger window to see it through. I always thought the highway descending in Buhl would make a great photo, but obviously, it would be dangerous and illegal to take a photo and drive at the same time.

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About Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers is a professional truck driver who has traveled the entire United States in a tractor trailer. Brooklyn-born and raised in Maryland, he lived in Alaska for more than 30 years and now makes his home in Buhl, where he drives for Blick Trucking Inc. of Castleford. An avid photographer, Michael’s work can be seen and purchased at Michael Rogers Gallery