I haven’t been to New York and now I have one less reason to go. Shoshone Falls in Idaho is often called the Niagara of the West and I am plenty impressed. It is 212 feet tall by 1000 feet wide. Here she is at 6500 cubic feet per second. Agriculture has diverted much of the water from the Snake River. I have read about historical flows in the 30,000 cfs range. One story tells about how settlers heard the falls from the Oregon Trail several miles away and came to see what the source of the noise was. Shoshone Falls effectively divides the Snake into upper and lower sections. Impeded by this massive obstacle, the salmon used to gather at the base of the falls in massive numbers. I’d love to have been around to see that.
After taking a new job in Idaho, I’ve been looking forward to my first photography outing. The weather hasn’t been exactly cooperative over the last two weeks but I finally managed to get out to an area known as Squaw Butte today.
A landmark of the Boise area, Squaw Butte appears in the distance as an isolated mountain. It’s actually a ridge several miles long. The highest point is 5,894 feet. The ridge is strewn with volcanic boulders, which I understand is fairly unique to this area.
This trip was a good introduction to the Idaho landscape. Areas like this have a unique beauty. There are few trees. You have to go to higher elevations to reach the coniferous forests. It is wide, open country. After turning off the main road, I didn’t see another person except for my family who came along with me. The sense of seclusion and freedom was rejuvenating.
We proceeded as far as possible but had to turn back short of the top when the 2WD family vehicle couldn’t maintain traction up a steep, wet section of the road. That’s OK. It gives me reason to return, which I definitely plan to do soon. I am excited to see how the area changes through the seasons.