News from Death Valley

Today was such a beautiful day that Sue and I decided to take a walk. One of the things I really like about Pocatello is the easy access to hiking trails. I think I’ve already mentioned the Portneuf Greenway, which is a system of urban parks and trails being developed next to the Portneuf River where it winds its way through the city.

There is also a system of trails the city is developing on Pocatello City and BLM Property in the foothills immediately southwest of the city – The City Creek Trail System.

On the recommendation of a friend, we set out for a trail called “Death Valley”.
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It’s really quite pretty. I can’t figure out why it’s called “Death Valley”.

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After hiking a half mile or so, we found a side trail that took us up out of the ravine onto the ridge above. Here’s a shot from there. You can see how close the city is. (That’s Idaho State University in the distance).

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Looking in the direction opposite the city, here’s a view of the mountains southwest of town:

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Once we got back to the car, Sue and I decided to explore a little of the Greenway. Here’s a little park on the Greenway, right on City Creek.

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Here’s the Portneuf River, near where City Creek flows into it:

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This section of the Greenway features some of the interesting Geology of the region. Once, until about 15,000 years ago, most of Utah was covered by Lake Bonneville. Then about 15,000 years ago, the “lake” (actually an inland sea), breached a natural dam southeast of the present site of Pocatello, and over an 8 month period, thousands of cubic MILES of water poured through the Portneuf gap just south of Pocatello and eventually found its way to the Pacific Ocean. This flood carried with it many large boulders from south of here. Here’s just one that is visible here on the Greenway. at “Prehistoric Park”:

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Here’s another little park on the Greenway – Pioneer Park, dedicated to the early pioneers who settled here. In the background is “Old Town” Pocatello. You can see the old Union Pacific Railroad Depot in the background.

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It was a beautiful day and a really nice walk — I’m looking forward to doing more. ┬áSee you then!

At Last!

Today the daffodils started to bloom!
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Spring looks like it’s here to stay. Not only are the daffodils blooming, but a couple days ago Sue and I took a walk and found some of our local fields are turning green.
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It’s great to live in the country. Here’s another shot of Sue on our walk inspecting a weeping willow that’s budding and about to welcome spring.
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I hope that wherever you are, spring is as beautiful as here.