Mesa Falls & Big Springs

This past Wednesday and Thursday we took a couple of short day trips. Someone in the RV park had suggested we take a drive to see Mesa Falls and Big Springs, both in Idaho, just a few miles away. So, away we went!

Wednesday we went to Mesa Falls. You have to pay to get in, however, since it is a National Forest, the lady at the gate looked at our Senior Citizens National Park Pass and said that worked there, also.

The falls were beautiful, but the mosquitoes were vicious. If you go, BE SURE to take some repellant!

Located at Mesa Falls is Big Falls Inn which has an interesting history and has been declared a National Historic Place.

The falls were fabulous! It’s really too bad that you, the reader, cannot hear the thundering water or smell the mist in the air. We visited the Upper Falls first.

Next we went to the Lower Falls. They were lovely also, however, the view was from quite a distance.

On Thursday we went to Big Springs. It was a beautiful area, but it wasn’t what we expected.

My husband grew up in and we lived many years in Thayer, MO, which is on the Missouri/Arkansas state line basically in the center of Missouri. Just across the state line is Mammoth Springs State Park. If you Google it, you will see some beautiful pictures of the water bubbling up out of the spring. You can also read about it on Wikipedia (you will NOT the amount of water that gushes out of the spring hourly!). This was the torrent springs we were used to, so we were a little let down when we saw this spring.

However, this spring has its own unique beauty wrapped up in the surrounding serenity that causes the visitor to take pause, relax, and enjoy.

Around the spring were these small white birds with tiny webbed feet. Zoom in and you’ll see the webbed feet. They swam in the spring just like ducks. I wish I knew what kind of birds they are.

Beside the spring was a log cabin and small water wheel built by German immigrant, Johnny Sack, in the early 1930s. It was very interesting to learn about this man’s life and the cabin he built with his own hands.

Up these stairs were the two bedrooms (see next pictures).

I’m going to assume this was Johnny’s bedroom since it was the bigger of the two rooms (see next picture for the other side of the bedroom).

Johnny Sack never married. It was just him and his faithful dog.

If you zoom in and look closely at the floors on the main level of the cabin, you will see they all had intricate patterns like this one.

We will be on the west side of Yellowstone Park for several more days. I hope to see some more wildlife before we leave here.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Yellowstone National Park: Parts 4 and 5

We are now on the west side of Yellowstone about 18 miles from the West Entrance. We are staying at Valley View RV Park which was recommended by some friends. It is in a beautiful valley near Henry’s Lake State Park.

I wasn’t sure how to blog about our next visits to Yellowstone because the first day we went in the park, it was rainy and the sky was covered with dark clouds all day. Needless to say, my pictures were not that great that day. Here are a few of those photos.

The Visitors Center at Old Faithful.

It was fairly early in the morning, temperatures were very cool, and the wind was awful. However, it didn’t deter us or A LOT of other people from wanting to see Old Faithful erupt.

Unfortunately, the dark gray skies did not lend itself to getting very good photos of Old Faithful.

If you zoom in, you will see two tiny birds standing on a rock that is underwater in front of that huge boulder. I don’t understand how in the world they can stand there with what is obviously a strong current!

By the end of the afternoon, the blue sky began peeking out from behind the gray clouds.

We waited a few days, and the next time we went into Yellowstone, the sun was shining most of the day and there were only a few clouds in the sky. These pictures were much better.

On our way to see Old Faithful again, we made a few stops to see some things that we had not yet seen.

There are about 500 geysers and some 10,000 thermal features in Yellowstone. Many lesser-known geysers are equally impressive to Old Faithful and can be seen along park roads or at the end of short hikes.

While waiting on Old Faithful to erupt, another nearby geyser decided to entertain us. This is either Castle Geyser or Grand Geyser erupting (I’m not really sure – so sorry!).

Finally, Old Faithful erupts on a gorgeous, sunny day!

I am so glad that we went back another day to see Old Faithful again. What a difference a sunny day makes!

We headed back to the RV park, but we made a few more stops on the way.

Later that evening, we were blessed to witness a GORGEOUS rainbow. I have never seen a rainbow like this before! Zoom in and look closely at the bands of color. The bands of color are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. However, on this rainbow, below the violet, there is a continuance of lighter colored and much narrower bands of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet! I hope you can see them because they are very light and narrow.

What a beautiful reminder of God’s covenant with us to never destroy the earth again with water.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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