Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog

































Bird's Nest







Mary washing off her dusty feet



After getting some great pictures of the bull moose that hangs out around the Snake River bridge near the Discovery Center (see previous Trip Journal entry), we drove over to the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve which is on the Moose Wilson Road. When we arrived the parking lot was full, but luckily someone was leaving so we pulled into their spot. They have a nice Visitor Center at the Preserve so we stopped in there first. Then we decided to hike the Lake Creek and Woodland Trail Loop which is about three miles long - a lot of it uphill!! It was pretty warm today so I was glad we had water with us. There were quite a few people on the trail today but a lot of them were young people that passed us like we were standing still! When you get about half way on this trail, you run into Phelps Lake which is the highlight of the hike.

There was a woman with two little girls playing in the water at Phelps Lake. My feet were so dusty that I decided to join them to soak my feet and clean them up a bit. The youngest little girl told me that I was in their spot and that I should go somewhere else. I told her that it was a park and anyone is welcome. She just ignored that as she gathered rocks and placed them right beside me. Soon she was chattering to me about her pretty rocks so we had something in common!

On the way out of the preserve, I stopped at the waterfall which is close to the beginning of the hike and washed my feet off again. The trail is really dusty and you would not believe how bad my feet looked when we finished!

The scenery was gorgeous, as usual, in this area. We took 201 pictures today so it is a challenge to pick out the best ones!

After we finished the hike, we sat by a nice scenic area overlooking a stream and ate our snacks which were mostly rabbit food but it did help fill the void in our stomachs. Then we headed over to Dornan's for pizza. We had our usual - The Rendezvous which is Canandian Bacon, Pineapple and Almonds. They have the best crust ever. We like both the regular and the thin so now we get the thin because it is less calories and it is really good. The sauce is good too so we have our favorite pizza place in this area. Too bad no one delivers to the campground!!

After the pizza we drove home and collapsed in our chairs! It was a great day though.

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