Snake River Day

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May 24, 2008

I have noticed Swan Falls dam several times during flight lessons, just minutes from the airport, and have been wanting to drive down to check it out. A sunny spring day seemed a good time to finally explore.

Desert power

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I have noticed Swan Falls dam several times during flight lessons, just minutes from the airport, and have been wanting to drive down to check it out. A sunny spring day seemed a good time to finally explore.

Beast of burden

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Anticipating some summer trips, we picked up this pack at REI today. Brenna seems to enjoy it so far.

Rest stop

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The drive down is a little longer than the flight, about an hour. We’ve stopped at an overlook for a break before descending to the dam.

Dry camping

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I am surprised to see tents and campers below, along the river. It looks so dry. I guess I’m still used to North Idaho camping in the woods with nobody around for miles.

Bat nest

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We follow the switchback down to the dam. There’s a nice grassy area if you’d like to picnic. Instead we followed the catwalk to cross over the dam — exploration, you know. The kids are sure they’ve seen a bat fly out of one of the swallow nests above us.

Trudging on

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Bottled up

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Rear-view mirror

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With the large pack and oversized camera gear, a rear-view mirror is just the thing to help me feel completely mechanized.

Stratified

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Bed head

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We don’t find a lot of interest beyond the dam itself. You might make a day of it if you’re fishing or boating but we’re ready to move on. We load back into the car and follow the canyon to a park that’s supposed to be downriver just a few miles.

Bouldering

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Celebration Park bills itself as an archeological park, Idaho’s first (maybe only). It’s a large boulder field at the river’s edge. Several boulders are decorated with thousand-year-old petroglyphs.

Shadow train

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Fish bridge

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Lovable Derf

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Future so bright

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Mountain storm

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A trail across the bridge continues but we know not to where. So we call it — a day of exploration, complete.

Remains of the day

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