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Jun 21, 2018 - The Dunes

We hiked the dunes today. Actually we only hiked up one dune. Definitely not as high as the Great San Dunes in Colorado. Very fine sand, but luckily very little wind when we went up. I asked Don how high we went, and he estimated maybe 300 feet. I guesstimated maybe 150 feet. Obviously he over estimates vertical heights and under estimates horizontal distances. Case in point: every hike we take he says is ½ mile (even if it is 2 miles). Anyway, it was actually an easy hike up, and the view was fantastic. Afterward we drove into Mountain...

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Jun 20, 2018 - Bruneau Dunes

Since we went so much farther yesterday, today’s trip was shorter than I had scheduled. Our goal was the Bruneau Sand Dunes south of Mountain Home, Idaho. The weather has gotten considerably warmer so we have the air conditioner running again. The dunes are composed of volcanic sand. There are 2 main dunes and some sand spread around the area. One of the dunes is 45o feet tall, the tallest single structure dune in the US. ( I checked with Google on this. The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado are higher at 700 feet, but this is the tallest single...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho

Continuing east on I-90 from Wanapum State Park, we reached Post Falls, Idaho. This small north Idaho town was a good centrally-located spot to spend a few days while we awaited opportunities to visit with Sharon’s still-working cousins. While we were there, we explored a bit of the town’s history and geology at Falls Park where we learned about Frederick Post, the entrepreneurial founder of Post Falls, and his 1870s efforts to harness the power of the Spokane River for industrial purposes. Now there are more modern hydroelectric power...

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2016-Adventures

Aug 10, 2006 - Three Island Crossing

Yesterday we followed I-84 along the Snake River. We stopped at a Factory Outlet Mall near Boise to get Bob some Nikes. His are so worn that strips of rubber are coming off. Unfortunately, the store did not have his size. But I did get some grandma shopping done. Sagebrush and black eyed Susans lined the freeway. It is the path of the Oregon Trail. We stopped to camp at Three Island Crossing State Park near the town of Glenn's Ferry (yes, Mr. Glenn ran a ferry here starting about 1869). It is a beautiful grassy, shady RV area overlooking...

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The Kyser Chronicles

Aug 8, 2006 - Eastern Oregon to Glenns Ferry, Idaho

What an interesting day - from a geographic perspective at least. Started out in the morning, another lovely day. Again and still in flat desert scrub with the mesa ridges in the distance. Road surface good on Rt. 20 with plenty of places to pull over. We were following the thunderstorm that had hit us overnight in Burns and could see the lightening strikes across the plains. It was an awesome sight from our perspective. Then, the terrain abruptly changed as we headed into the Malheur River area. The road wound through the mesas and buttes...

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Jul 18, 2006 - July 17-20, 2006 - Mountain Home ID

From McCall we followed the Payette River to Mountain Home ID. The river was fascinating - alternately rushing rapids and very still pool-like sections. Many rafters and kayakers as well as fishers. I just liked to look. And make sure we didn't run off the road. When we got to the campground at Mountain Home I had to check the map to make sure we hadn't bypassed the Rockies and ended up in Mountain Home, Arkansas - the guys who checked us in could have come from there. Seriously southern hillbilly accents and not a full set of teeth between...

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