is a ten-mile wide canyon located along the eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and
North America's deepest river gorge.
The Snake River
The Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock, Palute, Cayuse Indians...
Lewis and Clark Exposition came in 1806...
Later came explorers and the miners searching for gold.
After a hydro power Dam was built on the Columbia River,
the Idaho Power Company got a license
to build three more dams,
on the Snake River.
Part of the agreement was that Idaho Power had to give back to the community.
So they developed camp grounds near each dam.
This is one of camp sites built and maintained by Idaho Power,
Trees, grass, bathrooms, showers, bike trails!
We were so surprised at the clean and tidy
As you can see, others had the same thought.
But we didn't feel crowded.
We set up camp and ate lunch.
Camping makes even a DIET FOOD
taste so yummy!
We got on our bikes to go and explore.
Tom and I felt like Lewis and Clark (!)
We stopped to read up on the history of this area.
Lilac trees, lined the path at the campgrounds.
I turned around several times just to take in
more whiffs of their fragrance.
Tom taking the lead.
We enjoyed our second camp fire.
A perfect evening!
Well, maybe a marshmallow or two with chocolate
would have made it a little better.
You know what I like about camping?
No make-up or styling my hair!
Fun and Funnies...
These butterflies were congregating in the mud puddle.
Our "neighbor" had a tiny mailbox out in front
of their camp site.
When we left, I stuffed it with a note.
(haha - hehe)
We left around 11:00 am for the next campgrounds.
Then Tom started to feel crummy.
We decided to head home,
Once down from the mountains we arrived on the prairie.
I couldn't stop thinking about,
ALL those who crossed these open prairies in covered wagons!
I learned a lot about our American history and how interesting it was to be in their footsteps,
as we traveled.
This was a great experience.