"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Running A Ways Behind!


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While in Twin Falls, we discussed which direction to go.  It was hot and hazy there, with reports of nothing better toward the South.  We decided to do a loop back toward Island Park, ID.  On the way there we stopped at Craters of the Moon.  A desolate place under smoky, hazy skies, it wasn’t the best conditions for pictures.  Here’s a mountain of volcanic cinders some folks thought was fun to climb.

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Look closely and you can see the hikers on the cinder mountain behind the Casita.

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One of the many cinder cones in the park.  they were like miniature volcanoes, spewing cinders and ash, rather than lava, as recent as 2000 years ago.

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Nothing much grows in the Monument area but a few pine trees, and these plants called Dwarf Buckwheat.  They grow everywhere on the cinders, and resemble snow from a distance.

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An interesting place.  Wish conditions had been better for photo’s.  These don’t even come close to showing  how strange and beautiful the place was.

We also encountered these Mountain folk just North of Island Park.

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All dressed in period costume.

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There were plenty of animal parts for sale, as well as some of the paraphernalia you would need to catch it.

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They were flying the Flag of the period.

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And there was even a friendly Indian, with whom you could have your picture taken, for a mere $3.00.  I believe he was making more money than anyone.

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Though Wanda did purchase some pieces of pottery, I couldn’t get her to pose for a picture with Red Cloud.

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More later.  I’m in catchup mode………jc


  1. Haven't had very good wi-fi connection lately...but as always, your blog is the first I look at...you keep amazing me at the places you find...on the fly....great sunset photo as well as water fall ones...I move to West Glacier on the 19th...so I'll be looking at some of the campgrounds you stayed at when you where in the area and then headed south...Cheers Horst


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