Island Park, Idaho

Trip Start May 19, 2013
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Trip End Sep 01, 2013


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Went to see a couple of attractions. We took advantage of also planning to go to the grocery store which happens to be 30 miles from our campground. The store and the attractions were along the same route.

First we went to Big Springs. It's a Huge! Spring that generates water for the Snake River. At this spring there is a cabin that is a historical site. A man named Johnny Sack built and lived here in a cabin from 1930-1957, he was 72 when he passed away. This cabin is one of the most popular sites to see in Island park.

The story as told was that Johnny Sack and his parents and siblings migrated to the US from Germany. The father was a builder in Germany and continued that craft once in the US. Johnny Sack and his brother started out in indiana and came to Ashton, Idaho and worked at Henry Lake, but they started looking for a new place to live because the Lake had to many women and children running around. Johnny found the place he wanted at Big Springs. Johnny Sack built a beautiful cabin and a water mill for power, he started the construction in 1930 and completed it in 1935. The craftsmanship of this cabin is amazing. The man built everything in the cabin and outbuildings, floors, cabinets, furniture, decorations, everything. The finishing touches are amazing, you have to see it to understand the beauty of the work. Apparently once the cabin was fully completed and the word got around of his work, people would come from all over the US and outside the US to see his cabin. He never married, his only companion was his dog. When he died his sole heirs were his sisters. They sold the cabin, the new owners had it designated as a historical site but had to go through the US Congress for approval and eventually donated it to the state of Idaho with the designation that it be available to the public.

Mesa Falls, another amazing wonder of nature. These are large waterfalls, there is one in Upper Mesa and another in Lower Mesa. We only saw the Upper Mesa Falls. It is fantastic. In addition to the falls, we were very lucky to see via telescope an eagles nest. We got to see the mom and dad taking care of their two young eaglets. The were across the river atop a huge dried up tree. Apparently the eagles come back every year to nest atop this tree. So Cool!

Went to Ashton to pick up groceries and headed back for the return 30 mile drive. On our way back, we notice a moose in the river on HWY 20. We stop and try and pictures. It is a little far from our stand point, hopefully the picture will come out ok.

2 more days for Yellowstone!
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