Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hagerman ID, Hagerman horse, art fest

Thousand Springs State Park held an annual art fest this weekend so we went back to check it out.  On the way, we stopped in Hagerman to look around a small museum in the park headquarters.

The Hagerman horse was found in the fossil beds nearby, the ones we went to and hiked the Oregon Trail.  It was one of many animal fossils found in the area but got the name Hagerman because it is the only area these types of horse fossils are found.  Actually, it is not a horse but more closely related to the zebra so we learned.

We also learned about the Minidoka Internement Camp, the ruins of which are close to Twin Falls.  Not much to see there but the story of how we locked up all our Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor was bombed should never be forgotten.

Then it was off to a pleasant afternoon at the art fest.  One could not ask for a better setting!

the baby really wanted to get her hands on the python this man is holding!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hagerman, ID, Holesinsky Winery

Of course we went to a winery in Idaho!

Mike and Justin Duffy, friend of the owners, who served our wine tasting and spent some time with us.....

Justin was just married here at the winery a week and a half ago!

they do look relaxed;)

after the winery we stopped by Kelleys for some fresh fruit.....

and Jill polished my apples in a 1957 polisher (what a good year that was;))

geese and cormorants on the Snake River on the way home

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hagerman ID, Thousand Springs State Park and alligators

Thousand Springs State Park lives up to it's name with springs and waterfalls bursting forth all along the basalt rock walls for a good stretch of the Snake River.  We had a nice time there today doing a trail and having a picnic in the park area.  

The alligator pics were taken at a local fish farm.  They used to raise the gators for meat and leather there but stopped several years ago and now just keep some of the gators in a large pen.  Checking out the gators was one of the top ten things to do in Hagerman;)

We caught this guy enjoying his breakfast this morning

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hagerman ID, Emigrant Trl

We drove out the the Fossil Bed National Monument.  There are no fossils visible there.  What has been excavated is in a small museum in Hagerman which we have not seen yet.  We drove out to the fossil beds to go hiking.  Not a real scenic hike but a good walk and it followed the old emigrant trail (read the sign in the pic):

I did actually wear the bandana for the hike because the smoke was/is still so bad in this area from the wild fires. 

US Army Corp of Engineers Park, Iowa City, IA

Mike and I love it when we can find a COE park because they are always on water and our last stop at Coralville Lake was no exception.  A bi...