As you can see, we are behind on our blog posts. The West is very big and the internet isn’t always available here. We don’t have very strong wireless connections!! I’m going to do a summary of Idaho (sorry Idaho!) to try and catch up!!
Part of the Snake River is in Idaho. Lewis and Clark traveled on the Snake River. Hell’s Canyon is along this river, which is the deepest canyon in North America.
One of the main Native American tribes from here is called the Shoshone. There is a very large waterfall along the Snake River called “Shoshone Falls”. This tribe fished for salmon here for many years.
Idaho was admitted as a state in 1890, and for many years was known as a part of the country called “Idaho Country”. It was used by fur traders from both England and the United States. Finally the United States claimed it. For many years, no Europeans came here. Finally Gold was discovered!
The Oregon Trail ran through Idaho. The Snake River made it very difficult to cross over, so the Trail ran along side the Snake River for many miles. The Snake River has very high bluffs. There are markers showing where people built swinging bridges to avoid having to take a canoe across. Some people started businesses where you could take their ferry across the river, near Twin Falls.
Boise is the Capital of Idaho. The Capitol Building is very quiet and relaxed. You don’t have to go through a metal detector to go in. There are different kinds of granite and marble in the building; white and black from Alaska, Green from Italy, and Pink from Georgia! There is also a statue of George Washington (painted gold) and riding a horse in the Capitol. The statue was carved by a man over a four year period, by candle light, at night. The man used a postage stamp as a picture to carve George Washington’s face!
Some of the earliest evidence of native humans, in North America, is found in Idaho; dating back 14,500 years. Chobani yogurt also built their second of two plants here, near Twin Falls! There is also a large place called Crater of the Moon National Monument, where you can see the effects of lava flow. (we didn’t get to go because of weather).
Idaho is very pretty and green in some parts (like near Bosley, and Twin Falls, and Boise). There are huge fields of crops, where it actually looks like waves of green when the wind blows. Then, there are huge sections of rocks and desert where there is absolutely nothing. The change between the two parts happens quickly, and there doesn’t seem to be anything in the middle. The people are nice, and everything is relaxed in Idaho. We didn’t see any fields of potatoes!! (not that we know of).