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7/21/16 Jimmy Smith Lake, ID (1 mile) - Idaho has so many beautiful lakes, this is one of the exceptional lake, no visitors because no place to fishing, weeds and bushes are over growing the edge of lake, and no water activities takes place beause 1/2 mile of hike up the hill to get here.
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7/21/16 Valley Hot Springs, ID (4 miles) - This place is not on the map, only known by locals. Locals told me but they forgot to tell me there are three gates exist, they said park outside the gate, I parked outside the 1st gate, but their means 3rd gate. If park 3rd gate, less than 1/4 mile to get here. It is near the East Fork Guard Station.
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7/20/2016 Walker Lake, White Clouds Wilderness, ID (14.2 miles inc Island Lake) - This is a popular lake, there were tent city near the lake by the large group and almost full at TH parking. A ranger told me there are few beautiful lakes above the Walker Lake that I didn’t know that required over night stay...oh well that next time.
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7/20/2016 Island Lake, White Clouds Wilderness, ID - It is beautiful and quiet lake, I didn’t see anyone there. This place is not far from the Walker Lake, so that stop by to see it.
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7/19/16 Custer City, ID - It is a ghost town, National Forest Service maintain to preserve this town with some volunteers. $8.5M worth of gold produced from the mine. At that time about 15% was Chinese, they can not participate to the mine but cooking, laundry, procuded vegetables and meat.
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7/19/16 Bonanza City, ID - Yankee Fork Gold Dredge that seems to like a building but moving machine, dig, crash, wash and separate rocks to obtain the gold. Only the Dredge on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River that survived from this town.
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7/19/16 Sunbeam Hot Springs, ID - This place is the highway #75 roadside hot springs, which has a long history like since 1700s. Hot water is very hot that mix with cold Salmon River water to make just right to soak.
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7/17/16 Baron Lake, Sawtooth National Forest, ID (18 miles include all 5 lakes) - It was long hike but covered total 5 lakes, Upper Baron Lake, Alpine Lake and 2 no name lakes beside the Baron Lake. Lake view with gorgeous mountains background was impressed, but no flat or sand beach to enjoy the lake.
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7/17/16 Upper Baron Lake, Sqwtooth National Forest, ID - This is located upper side of the Baron Lake, from the ridge view, both lakes are side by side. From Baron Divide, this lake was closest lake to see it. Beautiful mountains background but no sand beach to relax. However lake color is turquoise and cobalt blue, amazing color.
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7/17/16 Alpine Lake, Sawtooth National Forest, ID - The lake shore is very nice place to camp or picnic and many people enjoy there. Beautiful lake with nice mountains background. This is 12 miles round trip hike up from the TH and nice destination for many backpackers.
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7/17/16 Redfish Lake, ID (Shuttle Boat 3.5 miles one way) - This lake is the largest lake in Sowtooth National Forest. Many people enjoy on the grass, sand beach or lake shore in front of the Lodge. Many different kind music bands are scheduled for the entire summer to perform. I rode a shuttle boat to get to the TH, which located other end of the lake.
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7/16/2016 Stanley Art and Craft Fair, ID - Very nice quality of art and craft fair, many vendors and visitors are from outside of Stanley to enjoy this weekend. I have a chance to taste the Doutch Oven food at this time, it was good.
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7/14/16 Bench Lakes, Sawtooth National Forest, ID (9.3 miles) - The lakes are beautiful and peaceful. The Redfish Lake is visible at time to time from the trail but trees block the view. There are total five lakes and trail gets to the first two lakes. I tried 4th lake but slope gets steeper and rock/boulder field appeared that the time I turned back.
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7/13/16 Goat Lake, Sawtooth National Forest, ID (8.2 miles) - The lake view was absolutely gorgeous, emerald green lake water color and reflection of partially snow mountains. However last 1/2 mile of trail was nasty, first half was steep and lose rocks, and last half was boulder hopping but worth it to get there to see the gorgeous lake view.
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7/12/16 Marshall Lake, Sawtooth National Forest, ID (10.2 miles) - It is surrounding many trees and mountains. The color of lake water is dark green, it is reflection of trees or something I don’t know. It is beautiful lake with spectacular mountains background. This place is unpopular place, I saw only one person.
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7/9/2016 Sawtooth Lake, ID (10 miles) - Alpine Lake and Sawtooth Mountain range are incredible view from the Sawtooth Lake trail that the reason it is very popular trail, parking lot was overflow. When get there first lake was sort of smaller than I thought and actual large lake was above it, but both lakes are beautiful.
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7/7/16 Search and Rescue, Stanley Lake, ID - Happy ending that the search and rescue team found a missing 5 years old boy alive from atop of the mountain just before the dark. Unbelievable thing was boy hiked up the steep mountain alone without water and food. My first participate to join the SR team within 40-50 people.
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7/7/2016 Lady Face Falls, ID - This place is located on the way to the Bridalveil Falls. A small cairn indicates to turn, there is no sign, steep drop-off cliff to get to the base of the creek to close up look of the waterfalls. It is narrow creek and agressive waterfalls, but beautiful.
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7/7/16 Bridalveil Falls, ID (9.2 miles include Lady Face Falls) - Trail is well maintained most of, cross the Stanley Lake Creek twice, one is walk on the large log, one is bear feet to cross in cold water. Impossible to see whole view of the falls, I have hiked up to the upper portion to see better view, trail was steep.
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7/6//16 Center of Population of state of Idaho, ID - It is located overlook area of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, the view of the Sawtooth Mountain Range from here is incredible, still a lot of snow on the top of the mountains. Temperature was 37 °F at 8:30am.
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7/5/2016 Bull Trout Lake, ID - I was not far from the lake, so that stop by to enjoy the lake. It is very green mountains/hills surronding the lake and quiet lake, it is nice place to relax that sure.
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7/5/16 Kirkham Ridge Trail, ID (5.2 miles) - Warm Springs Creek was beside of the first half of the trail, after through lodgepole pine forest, bald mountains appeared by fores fire many years ago. Overall the view was not so impressed even can’t see the sawtooth mountain range from this side.
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7/5/16 Grandjean Hot Springs (wild), ID - The sign said Sacajawea Hot Springs but people called the Grandjean Hot Springs. It is river hot springs and below the 50ft of the road. Mainly very hot water coming and not much just right pools, we have to adjust ourselves to make comfortable. The Lodge pool is pumping up hot springs water from the river.
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7/4/16 Bonneville Hot Springs (wild), ID - Hot Springs is located 1/4 miles northwest from the campground. There are many pools but most hot springs water is too hot to soak in. There is a hot springs hut that has bathtub in it and soak in with just right temperature hot springs water.
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7/4/2016 Warm Springs Trail, ID (5 miles) - The trail is 14 miles long and runs from Bonneville to Bull Trout Lake, I have hiked from the Bonneville TH. The trail was getting narrower and vegetations are touching me that the point I returned.
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7/4/2016 Kirkham Hot Springs (Wild), ID - It is located west end of the campground. There are several pools in the campground area and by the South Fork Payette River, which is more rough to get there. It was crowd because July 4th weekend.
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7/3/2016 Haven Hot Springs, Lowman, ID - 85,000 gal of hot springs swimming pool. It’s not too hot and cool enough to swim and soak in the pool. It is located in the mountain community and $8/person for admission. Currently the resort is for sale.
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7/3/16 Idaho City, ID - It was largest city in northwestern of US one time. The gold rush started in CA but more gold was produced in Idaho City area that someone told me. They kept old gold rush era buildings, and it is nice place to walking around.
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7/2/2016 Farmer’s Market, Boise, ID - It is open weekends by the State Capitol and three blocks long. I was there early, but people are getting more and more soon almost packed, a good news is meter parking is free of charge in weekends.
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7/2/2016 Idaho State Capitol, Boise, ID - Idaho state is #43 became state of US in year of 1890. The state capitol was built 1905 spent 15 years, with all white with gray lines marble, beautiful in and out.
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7/1/2016 Jump Creek Falls, ID (0.6 mile) - TH to falls are very close and falls are very tall and beautiful. Water is very cold but children were playing in the water pond just below the falls. This area from distance is incredible canyon view.
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6/30/16 Wees Bar, ID (12 miles) - Cross the Snake River from the Swan Falls Dam and hike the west side of river for six miles north. The view of gorge is everywhere beautiful. There are few black rounded rocks that petroglyphs are on.
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6/29/16 Swan Falls Dam, ID - The dam is located at the bottom of the gorge and view of gorge is incredible. A good thing is we can walk on the dam to cross the Snake River. The attraction of this area is boating, fishing, camping and hiking.
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6/24/2016 Map Rock, ID - This is my first time to visit a petroglyphs site in Idaho. I found three boulders in two separate locations. It is located by the Map Rock Road near the Snake River little north from the highway #45. The Snake River view is beautiful.
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6/28/16 Hagerman Fossil Bed National Monument, ID - When valuable fossil was discovered, the Smithonian stuff came and excavated, and took all they found. A means this place doesn’t have original items, and no plan to excavating again because area to excavat is steep and unsafe place.
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6/27/2016 Minidoka National Historical Site, ID - It is Japanese War Relocation Center Camp. 13,000 Japanese/Japanese American from Washigton, Oregon and Alaska with only 6 days notice to get here with only they can carry, all other items were they lost and stayed here for three years, 1942-45.
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6/27/16 Cauldron Linn, ID - The name does’t imply to me, and I didn’t know what I was getting. It is beautiful waterfalls, very calm water on the river in the gorge suddenly changes aggressive waterfalls in short distance. The gorge view is worth to visit here.
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6/26/2016 Castle Rock State Park, ID - There is pictographs, but quality was awful, even picture desn’t show up on the photos. They should withdraw to inform the pictoglyphs there. This place is continuation of the City of Rock, light gray rocks all over in the park.
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6/26/2016 City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho (6 miles) - This is rock climber’s paradise, booked up all campground by the road on weekend. Light gray color rocks is the rock color of this City of Rocks and best view is near the Window Arch area.
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6/25/2016 Lucinut, UT - Develop the Lucin pond for the railroad use, piped from the Pilot Mountain range and got water to the pond. People use to live there but all moved out, and pond is drying out. This is the near the Sun Tunnels.
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6/24-25/2016 Sun Tunnels, UT - There are 4 tunnels and same direction for 2 each. I was lucky to be there near the Summer Solstice because sun light go through the tunnels in the center, magical. I spend couple days to see the sunset and sunrise, sunset uses a pair of tunnels and sunrise used other pair of tunnels.
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6/24/2016 Ogden Waterfalls, UT - I was looking for the Ogden River Hot Springs that located road side river, but can’t find it, instead of I found this beautiful Ogden Waterfalls. It is located MM9 of highway #39 road side, can't miss it, but not easy to park, parking lot is small and trafic is fast, but enjoy beautiful falls.
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6/24/2016 Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT - They just celebrated 100 years of Utah State anniversary. It is 46th state of US. Use beautiful and gorgeous white gray color marble stone for entire capitol. I enjoyed self-guided tour for inside the capitol.
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6/24/2016 This is the Place, Salt Lake City, UT - 174 Mormon people originally traveling to finding place to stay, and Brigham Young decided "This is the Place" to settle and made town. Follow about 250,000 people came here and became Utah state later. It is a nice place and understand why Brigham Young selected this place.
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6/24/2016 Donuts Falls, UT (1.6 miles) - Near the Donuts Falls, need to cross the creek to see better view of falls, there are lot of water run in the creek, but a group of people helped me out to safely cross it. The donuts shape made by falls, someone call it cave and people actually climb up the rocks to go there.
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6/23/2016 Homestead Creater, Midway, UT - 55ft high 400 ft diameter at the base calcite dome open 7/12/96, constructed 110ft tunnel to access to the inner dome that only man-made, all others are natural made. Warm water springs, 90°F and scuba diving, snorkel and swimming are popular here.
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6/23/2016 Bridal Veil Falls, UT - The beautiful falls are located impressive north side of the mountain. Mainly the falls are, upper and middle large falls, and lower side is water run down. Some people are hike up to the below the middle falls.
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6/22/2016 Diamond Fork Hot Springs, UT (5.2 miles) - The trail is by the river all the way, I saw many small water falls along the way. There are many hot springs pools below the large waterfalls, but someone mentioned there are some more above the falls too. It is popular place and nice hot springs to soak in.
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