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Monday, August 20, 2018

Arco Idaho

The stop for 2 nights in Arco was a rewarding one,

We stopped at https://honeyspark.weebly.com/ a property that belongs to Scar Honig that lives in a trailer on the property with his dog, Scar allows free dry camping and his only rule is “don't be a jerk”, he is easy going and a great guy.

" Just get settled wherever you want “ he said as we drove in and after settling down we invited Scar for dinner and got the meal on a table next to his camper.

As we started to eat another couple came over and we shared the food with everyone.

The weather was good, my wife's food was delicious, the drinks were tasty and so was the company, shortly we had stories , laughs and a very good time.

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Sometimes things that were not planned turn out better that planed ….

On the next day we headed to Creaters of the Moon National Monument

Nature and ScienceLava River

Past

Craters of the Moon formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. Lava erupted from the Great Rift, a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles (84 km.) to the southeast. During this time the Craters of the Moon lava field grew to cover 618 square miles (1600 square km.).The smaller Wapi and Kings Bowl lava fields also formed along the Great Rift during the most recent eruptive period (approximately 2000 years ago).

Present

Over the past 30 million years, this region has experienced extensive stretching. A recent example of these on-going forces was the 1983 Mount Borah earthquake. During that event the highest point in Idaho, Mount Borah, got a bit higher when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred across the base of the Lost River Range. Mount Borah rose about 1 foot (.3 m) and the Lost River Valley in that vicinity dropped about 8 feet (2.4 m.) . On the Eastern Snake River Plain, rather than producing mountain ranges, these tensional forces have triggered volcanic activity. The stretching of the crust releases pressure on the hot rocks below causing them to melt. The magma can then travel to the surface along planes of weakness like the Great Rift. As long as these forces continue to act, more eruptions will eventually occur. The time between eruptive periods in the Craters of the Moon Lava Field averages 2,000 years and it has been more than 2,000 years since the last eruption.

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After watching a movie in the Visitor center and paying $20 entry fee we took a 7 mile loop drive stopping at all the seven stops to hike and explore caves,tunnel and vistas, a very special and unique place not to miss.

The biggest surprise was to find a bridge of a submarine Hawkbill 666 and a small but very nice museum in the middle of a desert in Arco.

He Museum was closed but as an ex submariner I just could not let it go ,looking around I found a telephone number of Harvey a Submariner Veteran that was very kind to meet me and open the museum for me.

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In short the reason for moving the bridge of Hawkbill 666 to Arco in the fact that the first nuclear reactor was built in Acro and later used in the submarines to allow them to be under water for a longer period and therefor undetected.

A great place with a lot of history and memories,

Thank you Harvey.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A day trip to Sun Valley Idaho

Leaving the 5W in Jerome I.D we took a day trip North to Sun Valley Idaho,

Our first stop on this great trip was the Ice Cave, it was hard to believe that an Ice Cave can be real in the middle of this desert, but we decided to give it a shot and cool off.

For $10 we were taken for a guided tour into the cave (bring a light coat,it is cold...) it was a special adventure and added to the list of special; things we did.

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Next to the Ice Cave lays The Magic Black Canyon, not very known but sure worth a visit.

Any source of water is refreshing especially in the desert.

The rock formation are nothing we have seen so far, the are smoothed by the water and have different interesting shapes resembling sometimes of different animals.

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Just across the bridge lays the Old  “busy “Hwy 93

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Hailey,Ketchum and SunValley are 3 beautiful towns close to the ski lifts that make them a tourist attraction not only in the winter,the are tossed in a valley surrounded by high desert mountains and this contrasts only adds to the beauty.

Fine dinning,boutiques,galleries and beautiful groomed streets are a signature in Ketchum, it is a must see place , good Ice cream too...

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On the way back we saw this small herd of horses , I just had to stop and take a shot they are such a majestic animals.

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Another thing was to watch the big machine collect the alfalfa from the field and “throwing” it into a truck that is driving next to it in the same path and speed, as it is done some pray birds like a hock sit and wait to catch mouse than run to hide.

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Collecting memories and learning new things every day.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Twin Falls Idaho

Twin Falls Idaho is not all about Shoshone Falls, but they are very impressive even now in mid August, we were lucky to catch some shots with rainbow showing its great colors.

There are numerous ways to get the the falls ,all lead to fantastic views and it is difficult to go wrong.

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Just a short drive North East from Twin Falls along HWY 30 lies Thousand Springs State Park,Box Canyon is one of the most beautiful places we decided to visit.

The hike starts from a small parking lot located on E3200S ,at first it is leveled for a mile or so and takes a sharp turn into the canyon , it is slippery and steep ,so the park installed a wire to help along the way down /up.

The views are stunning and it is sure rewording doing the 2.5 Mile round trip ,there is a nice beach at the end of the hike at the bottom of the canyon , walk with hiking shoes but bring some water shoes and a swimsuit with you and a lot of drinking water.

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The water is clear with a greenish colors from the vegetation, a great hike and not crowded at all the time we were there.

All the way back on Hwy 30 many waterfalls could be seen from a distance, we sure were very happy to visit this special place .

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Great nature,great weather and a great day.