Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Exploring More of the Area

We had a few more sights to see, so Mac, Lynette, Kevin & I headed down the road to visit Johnny Sack Cabin Big Springs..

This log cabin and wheel house, was built by this German immigrant, starting in 1929,  and is now a landmark in the Island Park area.

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Johnny Sack’s…

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Everything was made by him and primarily out of hand tools…

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Beautiful handcrafted work..

Outside the springs were so crystal clear.. This is one of the 40 largest natural springs in the world.  It is said, that it produces over 120 million gallons of water each day.  Wow….

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And home to rainbow trout, muskrats, and ducks…

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On the way home, an ice cream stop on the river, was in order..

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A great day with friends…

On Tuesday, Kevin & I started out early to drive over to the Earthquake Area…where in 1959, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in North America, struck the Madison River Canyon…

We visited the visitor center, where you can still see the impact it had ..

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Fianlly, there is new growth.

When 80 million tons of rock crashed down into the canyon, it blocked the Madison River. The water backed up behind the rocks and formed Earthquake Lake, pictured below…

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Further down the road we drove past Hebgen Lake, where the land under it tilted upward…Many people who were vacationing, were trapped.

The area has been rebuilt and once again, being enjoyed by many…

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We detoured on a dirt road following the river, hoping maybe to catch some wildlife… DSC_0078

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Only saw this momma and her baby….

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We were home early afternoon, and just in time for a card game with the gang…. Another great day!

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