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About Shelley McEuen

Shelley McEuen is a native Idahoan and professor of English at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Raised in northern Idaho, she has learned to love the beauty of southern Idaho’s high-plains landscape and is still searching for a praying mantis nest in Rock Creek Canyon.

A Blemished Beauty

Rock Creek Canyon isn’t particularly grand. It is easy to overlook. People do it every day. It isn’t listed in the Southern Idaho Visitor’s Guide as one of the “sights-not-to-be-missed,” nor is it overloaded with curious visitors.

The canyon isn’t ablaze with fiery red rock, and crystalline waterfalls aren’t part of its allure. It isn’t associated with the romance of Ernest Hemingway or with fly fishing. Rock Creek Canyon is mostly quiet, revealing its secrets only to those willing to seek its secluded, subtle wonders. I know, because I’ve been exploring the canyon for more than ten years as a walker and a runner, and I feel that with each visit to this wild space my claim to it has gradually grown into a deep and inexplicable connection. Continue reading

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