~IDAHO~

I really didn't expect what I saw.
My first stop in Idaho was at the historical marker (a photo of which got you here), which told of the fact that 20,000 years ago much of western Utah and eastern Nevada were under Lake Bonneville. It was formed in a basin from which no water reached the ocean. It was at the time the largest lake in North America. Eventually, the lake rose to a level high enough to overflow into the Snake River. Then after the climate got drier, and the great basin of Utah and Nevada became mostly desert, the lake receded. Salt Lake and two other remnants are all that remain of this 20,000 square mile lake. By comparison Lake Superior is 31,700 square miles, but the Great Lakes weren't formed until about the time Lake Bonneville was forging the Snake River Canyon.
Shortly after entering Idaho, I was treated to wildfires. I hope they were the result of natural activity and not that of man. I viewed a sunset over the Snake River Canyon, listened to the silence of Hell's Canyon, visited the state library in Boise, viewed the rapids of the Little Salmon River, visited White Bird Canyon, the site of the first battle in the Nez Perce War, and the Nez Perce Historical Park. Since reading Chief Joseph's biography and the Nez Perce history, I have become very interested in their story. Seeing the land first hand has made me even more aware of their plight. Their's is a sad tale of conquest.
Below you will find links to Twin Falls and Hell's Canyon


The line below the trees marks the northern shore of Lake Bonneville




As I drove toward Twin Falls I wondered where they would place a waterfall higher than Niagara. The countryside had been very flat for miles and miles. Off in the distance were mountains, but they were too far to be where the falls were located. As I crossed the bridge entering Twin Falls, out of the corner of my eye I saw this: Snake River Canyon

Idaho Smouldering

I encountered many wildfires

During my trek

Through the western states

This was as bad as it got

Idaho burning

The Capitol, Boise, Idaho

A different angle

Columns supporting the ornate dome

Their Liberty bell replica
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

Riggins, ID

White water rafting capitol

Suspension bridge over Little Salmon River

A hydraulic mining pit

Kangaroo looking Mule Deer

Two wild goats

A wild goat grazing

"You ain't going anywhere, Buster"

Pelicans in Idaho

Lone eagle over Snake River Canyon

A feral cat at the canyon

Hell's Canyon

Click to enter Snake River Canyon

Click to enter Hell's Canyon

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