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Philip Kuntz / 21 items

N 599 B 27.2K C 84 E Jun 27, 2014 F Apr 10, 2015
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A slice of Idaho history:

Sunbeam Dam was built on the Salmon River near the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River in 1910 and effectively wiped out the native run of sockeye salmon to and from the Pacific Ocean. After providing power for one year the powerhouse was shut down, but the dam sat idle and continued to kill salmon until it was removed in 1934.

In 1934 the dam was partially blown up. There are various reports with broad discrepancies outlining the details of how the dam eventually met its demise. One report, from the then-former governor of Idaho, Cecil Andrus, states “a party or parties unknown ran a dynamite-laden raft into Sunbeam Dam.” Another report reads, “In 1910, miners built Sunbeam Dam on the Salmon River east of Stanley, cutting off the sockeye’s migration route. They were thought to have gone extinct in the 1920s. But the fish reappeared in 1931 after sportsmen blew a hole in Sunbeam Dam.”

Regardless of how the dam was blown up there are two things we know are true: Sockeye Salmon have one less obstacle to contend with on their trek to Redfish Lake and whitewater rafters on this stretch of river sure have a unique rapid to navigate.

Happy Friday!

Tags:   Sunbeam Dam Sunbeam sockeye salmon salmon dams damn dams Stanley Idaho History Explore

N 244 B 24.1K C 59 E Jun 1, 2011 F Mar 17, 2014
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Happy St. Patrick's Day for those who celebrate it. Cheers!

And Cheers for those who take a look. Always appreciated.

Have a marvelous Monday and week ahead.

Tags:   St. Patrick's Day Irish meadow greens Explore

N 247 B 22.0K C 82 E Oct 9, 2013 F Jan 10, 2014
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Another view of Oregon's Crooked River as it flows thru a portion of Smith Rock State Park.

Hiking the Misery Trail was one of the best hikes I've experienced (yet). HIghly recommended.

Your comments, faves and suggestions are much appreciated!

Happy Friday!

Tags:   Smith Rock State Park Smith Rock Crooked River hikes Terrebonne Oregon Explore Getty Images

N 392 B 22.8K C 159 E Oct 12, 2013 F Nov 10, 2013
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A view of the Palouse Falls taken from halfway down the cliff. Was a bit precarious and thrilling but worth it.

Another view of this special falls below:

Thanks for hiking along with me.

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday!

Tags:   Palouse Falls waterfalls Washtucna Washington Palouse river Explore

N 150 B 23.0K C 164 E Apr 22, 2013 F Apr 22, 2013
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Celebrating our home.

Happy Earth Day!

Cherish, and protect it.

Tags:   Vermillion lakes Sundance mountains sunset dusk reflections Banff Alberta Canada Earth Day PhotoContest-TNC13


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