Furthermore, after leaving the cholera-ridden Platte River and gasping across the dry high prairie, they were glad to see fresh water in the Snake River, its tributaries, and the fresh springs that bubbled out of the ground.
We stopped at Hooper Springs, outside of Soda Springs, ID.
|Potable, but not so great|
We were allowed to sample the water. There were a few bubbles, and it tasted faintly of minerals. Not the best, in our opinion, but to the pioneers it was manna from heaven.
|Are they crazy?|
A little farther on, in Lava Hot Springs, there's the cold, clear Portneuf River, which draws a lot of visitors to this day, many from Salt Lake City which is only two hours away. Some people raft the river.
|Looking down on the hot baths|
B and I just took advantage of the hot springs. There are four different pools. The water temperature ranges from 105 to 115 degrees.
|View across the lava beds|
After Lava Hot Springs we angled north to see Crater of the Moon National Monument. Most of the emigrants kept to the south, along the Snake River. But others followed the Goodale cutoff which skirted the northern edge of the lava beds and rejoined the main trail south of present-day Boise.
The lava beds themselves were almost impassable for the wagons.
They'd be impassable for modern hikers as well, but for the paths that cut through the beds and lead up the hills and down into the lava caves.
|Looking from the bottom|
We stopped at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The dunes were actually not on the path of the pioneers. But we wanted to see them.
|Looking down at our car from the top|
|Boise River runs through the city|
And now . . . it's on to Oregon!