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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boise Daytrip - Celebration Park

Petroglyphs an hour from Boise?  Well, that was reason enough for a roadtrip!  Most of the ride was pretty uneventful scenery-wise; there were lots of ranches and plenty of ground squirrels to see and not a lot else until we got to Celebration Park along the Snake River.

The main attraction is the boulder field with rock art dated to about 10,000 years ago.

Believe it or not after I took the picture of the sign we walked right past the spur and ended up having to go back to find them.  Sometimes I forget to actually pay attention to what I see through the viewfinder!

Because it was such a bright day we had a lot of trouble seeing the petroglyphs.  All that sun shining off the dark rocks was like a magic eraser.  A little help from polarized lenses and photo editing software comes in handy at times like these.

Did you see the tiny lizard making its way down the side of the boulder on the left?  Here's a closer look at him (or her?) and the other one it met up with at the bottom.

Besides a magpie and a few kildeer the only other wildlife we saw was the bees enjoying the spring flowers.

Orange Globemallow

Luckily none of them mistook Cory's flashy new hair color for a flower!

We also walked down to Guffey Bridge to get a little additional exercise. Built in 1897, this former railroad bridge was used to get people and stuff like silver and gold out of the mines until about 1947.

taken with DSLR

The steel bridge is about 70 feet tall and spans 500 feet across the river.

taken with iPhone 6s+

Bullet holes are visible overhead from when fighter planes used it for target practice during World War II.  Rat-a-tat-tat!

As we were leaving a lot of families were showing up with picnics and people were setting up fishing poles along the river to enjoy the beautiful day.  We hopped in the car and enjoyed the air conditioning after walking in all that bright sun!


  1. You made it to Idaho! Lots to do around the Snake. Pretty cool-looking lizards.

  2. Good walk that, is the bridge used at all now. Impressed with the Iphone picture