Island Park, Idaho
Trip Start May 19, 2013
97Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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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
We then headed to Mesa Falls, another amazing wonder of nature. There are two large waterfalls, 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 to take pictures. It is a little far from us, hopefully the picture will come out ok.
2 more days for Yellowstone!