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Glenns Ferry State park

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yosemite National Park, WY to Glenns Ferry, Idaho

So I go to bed last night with the ability to see my breath in the tent, over night nothing changed.  Thank you Mr. Coleman for the portable little heater that can warm my hands, the tent and my clothes.

Got started on the road but this time I am headed out the South entrance towards Jackson, WY.,  saw this little waterfall and couldn’t resist.  Heading west I saw the reason for the cold, it snowed in the Rockies, it also snowed in the higher elevations of Yellowstone, we just got the by product.

Buzzing along US 26 W in Idaho I start to get a little hungry and it just so happens that I am in the midst of Idaho Laboratory country.  Located here are the first nuclear breeder reactor, a town called “Atomic City” and this little gem-Pickle’s Place, which boasts the “Atomic Burger- I have to stop.  The place is filled with locals, mainly from the softball league down the road.  I pull up to counter and order the AB, which is cooked with Angus beef, grilled mushrooms/onions and some secret seasoning that they bottle and sell to the public. Choice of side includes (of course) Idaho tater tots/wedges or coleslaw.  Since the burgers are ground and prepped from scratch don’t come in there expecting it to pop out of the kitchen. I waited 35 minutes for mine and it was worth every minute.  The meat was seasoned and cooked perfectly and you don’t have to twist my arm when it comes to tater tots.

Not too far from the restaurant, I spy these interesting walls that line some of the field as well as the scrubland.  I stop to take a look and lo and behold it is volcanic rock.  I forgot that this part of the region is loaded with it, which makes the soil so rich and fertile and allows them to grow those big potatoes.  Travel a little farther down the road and come across Craters of the Moon, National Park.  Heard about this park via Nat Geo and was curious to pop in for the abbreviated tour.  It isn’t at all what you would expect at your typical national park. For instance, it is actually the remains of a volcanic field, which includes giant pillars as well as deep magma chambers.  You can drive the loop, get out and walk the many trails but after the first few stops it begins to all blend together.

Pull into the Glenns Ferry State campgrounds which is located in the lower center of Idaho, right next to this charming winery called Carmella..  Unfortunately it was not open on a Sunday so I grabbed a shot of the vineyard and called it a night.

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chaulmoogra
chaulmoogra on

Incredible pictures
Hey Mark, just wanted to say how awesome the pictures are that you've taken so far. I can't wait to see the full resolution ones once you get back!

-Kris

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