Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Beautiful Shoshone Falls

I love Idaho. It is a state of rugged, natural beauty and variety. The south-central part of the state where I live is considered high mountain desert and we receive less than 10 inches of rain per year. However about 100 years ago a group of men financed an extensive system of canals, etc that provided necessary water to many acres of what had been sagebrush; extremely fertile and productive farm land was the result. Thus our area has the nickname of "The Magic Valley." Much water for these canals is taken from the Snake River. But in the spring--before the water is turned into the canals--the flow over Shoshone Falls (about 15 minutes from my house) can be absolutely breath-taking (depending on the year) as it was last night when we visited. These pictures don't do it justice but I just had to share.

I feel sorry for those out-of-staters who visit later in the year and see such a tiny stream of water coming over the Falls. The Snake River canyon is still gorgeous but they have no idea what they are missing.

Billy, Scheri and James with Caleb in front. Teresa was at the church helping on a quilt.

Billy sitting on the rock with info about the Falls.

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