Part 10: Twin Falls, ID to Jackson, WY


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The Trip

We headed west from Twin Falls toward the Hagerman Fossil Beds.  It was, in short, very underwhelming so our visit was brief.  We explored the nearby area and went down to the Snake River to see other bridges and dams.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

Owsley Bridge is a one-lane bridge, but it has been taken out of service.

You could walk over the bridge, but it was closed to vehicles.  The roadbed had many issues: holes and sags.

Oddly, the plaque did not state the year of construction.  I am guessing 1920s.

The lake behind the dam at Owsley had thick vegetation on the banks.  There were nice purple flowers in bloom.

Near Owsley we passed an LMTV 6x6 that has been converted for fire service.

Thor is about the same physical size as the 6x6 LMTV and both are rated at 5 ton capacity.

Along the Snake River to the east of Owsley is the so-called Thousand Springs area.  Along the volcanic cliffs, artesian wells gush water into the river

The springs spanned several miles and some of them were high volume flows.

The infrastructure on the cliff was an attempt to capture and divert some of the flow for irrigation.

There was a nice marina and camp area on the river across from the springs.  From the springs we traveled east along the river to Murtaugh Reservoir and spent a quiet night at a county park.  The following morning, we headed east toward Jackson Hole, WY along the Snake River.

We left the freeway at American Falls to get a look at the "falls".  The falls have been co-opted by a dam to exploit the power of the river.  Above is the powerhouse for the dam.

The railroad passed overhead on a large truss bridge of plate and rivet construction.

On the opposite side of the river was an old structure that was either a powerhouse or a flour mill.

These gates hold back the Snake River.

From American Falls, we traveled east to Soda Springs to see the geyser.  We arrived just as the eruption started.

The geyser is the result of some drilling that was done into the aquifer.  Years ago, a valve was installed to prevent wasting the water.  The geyser is on a one hour cycle.

These are travertine deposits left from evaporation of the heavily mineralized water.

The travertine is formed by a intricate pattern of dikes and sills due to evaporation.

The deposits have become quite thick over the years.

In Soda Springs we passed this nice hot rod parked on the street.

The hills around Soda Springs host a large number of phosphate mines.

We finally made it to Jackson only to find that we did not have a room.  Some fast work on Kathleen's part got us what appeared to be the last room in town.  In the end it worked out better as we got a 2 bedroom bungalow with washing machines.

We had reservations at "Wild Sage" Restaturant; it was awesome.  Great food, great wine but at great price.  We've eaten at this restaurant many times over the years and it is always great.

Next: travel through Yellowstone Park to Cody, WY to visit a mog buddy.

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