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US 20 Journey 2010
2011 - Day 14 - June 1
Idaho Falls to Boise, ID
June 1 and a beautiful summery morning in Idaho Falls.
The falls in Idaho Falls. Snake River. A few different people mentioned that because of the high water the falls aren't as nice. Less of a "falls."
Took a half-mile hike here over the lava rock landscape.
The landscape. Dark, almost desolate. Tough to walk on the smaller chunks of rock; sharp edges and loose footing.
Yet, looking closer, quite a bit of colorful flower-life. Another unknown.
Indian Paintbrush really stood out from a distance.
The area was crisscrossed with rifts and loose rubble.
In one rift, on the sunny side, I came across this snake, I think a Gopher Snake. After seeing this one I became a little more careful where i stepped and grabbed rock holds.
From the project website:
The Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) involves the safe, environmental cleanup of the Idaho National Laboratory site, which has been contaminated with waste generated from World War II-era conventional weapons testing, government-owned research and defense reactors, laboratory research, and defense missions at other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites.
My first antelope! They ran across the road in front of me. Not too close though, thankfully.
I didn't stop, though I'm sure it would have been interesting. Needed to be in Boise for an evening program.
Craters of the Moon National Monument. 83 square miles of lava covered ground. Unfortunately I didn't have time to explore more.
Looking down from Cat Creek Summit as I head toward Mountian Home and Boise.
Surprising to see some apple trees in this dry land.
On to a program at the Ada Library in Boise and then later tomorrow into Oregon.