Shoshone Falls

Monday, July 13, 2020

60 degrees in the morning, up to 82, a delightful day

I kept looking for my Airstream neighbors, but they didn’t come out. I had an appointment for an oil change at Bob Green Buick/GMC at 10:30. Not knowing the town, I left at 9:45 and was there before 10:00. They were very nice, efficient and had good coffee in the lounge. I was out by 12:00 and pait $83 for an oil change and new air filter. I’m pretty sure driving through all that sand in Cathedral Valley clogged it up.

I was going to the grocery store, but I was tired of sitting and wanted to get outside, so I went to Shoshone Falls. I figured I’d go to the grocery after that. That didn’t happen because Shoshone Falls Park is a beautiful place. I’ve seen a lot of waterfalls, well I haven’t seen two of the greatest, Zambezi and Iguazu, but this one will make the top 10 in the US. It is really something. No doubt the coolest hydraulic dam built without destroying the beauty. I don’t know what pigeons eat, but they continually flew into the midst and rainbows of the falls, adding to the ambiance.

I walked up the trail to a variety of overlooks. At one spot, I turned around to see another waterfall coming off the top of the cliff. On a Monday there were a lot of people, but as I walked further, it thinned out. I was getting tired of walking up when I spotted a bike rider way above me. Later I would realize trails go all along the top of the canyon. What a place to walk or ride a bike! From the other side of the Snake River I could see a walkway out to the middle of the falls. Walking back down a paved road, I came back to the park where people ate their picnic lunches and kids climbed a tree. It’s a beautiful park.

There is a lot of history here. Excellent signs tell the story of the great Bonneville Flood 11,000 years ago when the Great Salt Lake was the size of Lake Michigan with no drainage. When it broke at at Red Rock Pass, it is believed to be second largest in geologic history.

I probably took 100 pictures here. I am so glad I came.

  4 comments for “Shoshone Falls

  1. Alice Batten
    July 14, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Wow! What a trip, especially Shoshone Falls!

    • July 23, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Alice, Wait till you see the Salmon River pics! What a lucky guy I am!

  2. Jim Camblos
    July 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    That park is quite beatuful. You could probably spend a week there. Loving history, I am going to google the Bonneville Flood. It is really nice to see parts of the west up close. Keep it up.

    • July 23, 2020 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Jim. Let us know what you learn!

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