Glenns Ferry, Idaho (Sept. 23-27 2015)
Glenns Ferry, Idaho is on the Snake River. We’ve spent a lot of time and several locations on the Snake River. The Snake River was named after the Shoshone Indians. It is said this tribe used to carry sticks decorated liked snakes to scare others. However, there are many different stories explaining how it got its name.
Our home while we were here was Three Islands Crossing State Park. We had a large site, big trees and we were high on a hill overlooking the Snake River
The day use area and one of our new favorite things to do, frisbee golf, are along the banks of the river. We were here late in the season and the weekdays were quiet and sparsely filled, but on the weekends every site was taken.
There was a beautiful winery (Crossing Winery) next door to the park and you could walk (and stagger back) to it from a trail from within the park. There were also several other trails throughout the park to explore and it was a short biking distance to town.
This park had one of the best Interpretive Centers that we have seen and we learned a little more about the Oregon Trail.
More Interesting Facts About the Oregon Trail
- The displays talked about the history of the Native Americans, Euro-American, and African-Americans. There is a movement to call the Native Americans the aboriginal people of North America.
- An estimated 400,000 people attempted the 2,000 mile journey and most walked barefoot. Roughly 10% of the pioneers perished along the way. (Let’s say 360,000 pioneers walked 2,000 miles each, that makes 720 million miles walked. It is roughly 238,855 miles to the moon. If we lined them up they could have gone the distance to the moon 2,014.38 times.)
- Many of the early setters wanted to come to Oregon and California because the people in the East were suffering from epidemics of typhoid, tuberculosis, scarlet fever, malaria, yellow fever and cholera that was killing more people than any other cause. Others were trying to escape the financial collapse of 1837.
- Most wagons were pulled by ox (neutered bulls) because they cost less than mules, hauled heavier loads, ate anything, and didn’t run away.
- At 5 pm, the wagons would roll into a circle to make a corral for livestock. (This was not done as protection from Indians.)
A Day-trip to Bruneau Dunes State Park
The Bruneau Dunes were formed 11,000 years ago, after the Bonneville flood. These dunes are the tallest single dune structure in North America. The dunes are maintained by opposing winds that keep the dunes in place.
This is a great place to climb the dunes, ride cardboard down, or ski down. We walked up/down the dunes and the sand was very hot. The scenery throughout the park was spectacular.