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Philip Kuntz / 235 items

N 140 B 1.8K C 47 E May 21, 2019 F Jul 27, 2019
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That is, runs thru the Hell's Canyon, deepest gorge in North America.

This is the view from the last dam in Idaho, the Hell's Canyon Dam. There are 17 dams creating hydroelectric power and providing irrigation that has turned arid lands into highly productive farmland. The Snake flows 1078 miles from it's source in Yellowstone and Teton Parks till it joins the Columbia river at Burbank WA.

A quote from Julie Andrews eloquently touches how I feel about this mighty river:
"Whenever I think of my birthplace, Weiser Idaho, my reference first and foremost is the river. I love the smell of the river; love its history, its gentleness. I was aware of its presence from my earliest years. Its majesty centered me, calmed me, was a solace to a certain extent."
However, Julie's river was the Thames river.

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!


Tags:   Snake River Lewis River river Hell's Canyon dams 13th longest river in America.

N 260 B 3.7K C 94 E May 22, 2019 F Jun 2, 2019
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Last pic was from the Snake River far below. Here's a view looking down from the Oregon side of the canyon.

The Canyon is thankfully protected hence very few roads high or low. The roads on the rim are best taken with a stout four-wheel drive vehicle. Hiking is best. I've hiked much of the Idaho side and have taken jet boat rides thru the canyon from the north and south ends of it. While not as "grand" as that other canyon (which is jawdropping) the Hells Canyon is mighty impressive, and deeper.

Have a great week!

Tags:   Hells Canyon gorge chasm canyon storm stormy arrowroot balsamroot Snake River sky drama Oregon Idaho

N 200 B 4.3K C 78 E Sep 13, 2018 F Dec 9, 2018
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A view of a portion of the Oregon Trail taken along the Goodales Cutoff near Castle Rocks.

Idaho is blessed with many magnificent mountain ranges. There weren't many easy routes to cross it on the way to Oregon or northern California. Wagon trains of covered wagons and livestock had to navigate many treacherous routes to get to their new homes. Tougher folks than most of us nowadays.

"During 1862 Tim Goodale led a group of 1,095 people, 338 wagons, and 2,900 head of stock safely from Fort Hall to Old Fort Boise on the on this short cutoff. By 1863, seven out of every ten wagons en route from Fort Hall to Boise took Goodale's Cutoff instead of the main Oregon Trail." Wiki

As always thanks for taking a look!


Tags:   Goodales Cutoff Castle Rocks Camas Prairie wagon trains Oregon Trail history Idaho

N 339 B 6.0K C 119 E Oct 10, 2015 F Sep 23, 2018
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Hello Autumn, my favorite season. Wish it lasted longer.

Here's a view of some typical fall foliage along north Idaho's Coeur d'Alene river. We do have more evergreens's than deciduous trees here but those we do have pop nicely amidst the greens of the conifers.

Just returned from a wonderful fall outing, camping in central Idaho and western Montana. Gotta love those 20 degree sunrise experiences.

Thanks for taking a look. Always appreciated!

Tags:   Autumn fall fall foliage reflections Coeur d'Alene river Cataldo Idaho

N 185 B 4.4K C 41 E Sep 22, 2017 F Mar 13, 2018
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A misty day at Idaho's Crater's of the Moon National Monument.

"The three lava fields lie along the Great Rift of Idaho, with some of the best examples of open rift cracks in the world, including the deepest known on Earth at 800 feet (240 m). There are excellent examples of almost every variety of basaltic lava, as well as tree molds (cavities left by lava-incinerated trees), lava tubes (a type of cave), and many other volcanic features." wiki

The Lava Field spreads across 618 square miles (1,601 km2). It is huge. The only access is at the northern portion.

A most fascinating geological wonder. I definitely will return for some clearer landscape shots of this unique place. However, not in the summer, as it gets mighty hot here then.

Thanks for taking a look!

Tags:   mist fog Craters of the Moon Craters of the Moon National Monument lava basalt geology Arco Carey Idaho


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