Signature RockPosted Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 12:01 PM
As you know, I get to go to some pretty remote places in Idaho and surrounding states. I love seeing how beautiful our country is. Also, I like to envision being here hundreds of years ago. Maybe coming in a Wagon Train, or arriving horseback for the first time. The inherent dangers would have been countless. Idaho weather itself would have been something to fight off, and work hard to survive. Now-a-days, I wear UnderArmor, and layers of wool and what not to keep me warm. I have boots that supposedly keep me warm up to 40 below (but I don't really believe it) I've been out there and had the thought a few times "I can't stand it any more"
So, imagine the Pioneers (or whatever you wanna call them) arriving here. I'm sure they didn't arrive in the winter, ... probably would have been extremely unwise. Of course they were on the "Oregon Trail" of sorts. I have lots of opinions about where the Oregon Trail actually is. Where they like to say it is ... just doesn't make sense in lots of places... but ... well, I guess that's another 'blog' topic.
Idaho is without question a beautiful state. I love it. I've taken lots of people riding, and seen their expressions when we come to the top of a mountain, where they can look down and see where they've just ridden from. It's still breath taking to me, after all these years. I hope to never take it for granted.
Recently, I took my Grandsons to a place that is called
On this rock are a few signature of folks from years gone by. There are at least 2 legible dates. On the lower rock on this 1st picture, you can see the year "1857"
And on this one, on the lower portion, you can see below the 1857, F Bois
I apologize for cutting the photo, but if it had F Boise, is it talking about Fort Boise?
The other date/year is 1849
Can you imagine my Grandsons' delight at finding this playground? They absolutely loved it, and always want to go. There is unwritten history, and written history to be learned here.
By showing you our pickup next to these rocks, it gives you an idea of the enormity of them. Imagine being in the 1800's and seeing these.
I like to imagine the "whys" of why the people wrote their names and dates on these rocks back then. Some say there was an Indian Massacre done here. Are these a sort of grave marker? Or the last thing they were able to do, so that someone knew they were there? The possibilities are endless.
I can imagine taking shelter here, either from the elements, or other violence
This little pool on top of a rock would supply much needed water, if there had been rains.....
Wayne LOVES history.... he tells me that the writing is done with axle grease and soot from lanterns. THAT is really the only thing that might be readily available in those times.
The sheltered rocks have lots of marks to still read. The rocks that weren't so sheltered have of course, lost a lot of what was written on them.
I have added some photos from the same general area, from another day. Surely you can see why this spectacular state has my love? Who wouldn't want to see this, out on a day's work?
This was about 2 weeks ago. The colors are so rich and real
Rocks like these have a fascination for me. See the balancing?
We have visitors, who like to keep an eye on us.
Hauling horses in this old way so takes me back to my childhood. Yep, that is Marshmallow, and there is another Palomino behind her.
This was taken the day after Thanksgiving. yep, I'm thankful for these opportunities, and a man who also appreciates these simple things
That is Sam right behind the horse. Remember him? He has become a great working dog, and much in demand for a "Daddy"
This is the end of a long cold day. 8 hours horseback and we were finally done. That's how I spent the day after Thanksgiving. And loving it
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I am interested in this Community, County, and the beautiful state of Idaho. Most of my photos will be in Idaho, but from time to time, they will be my vacations aay from Idaho. You'll see lots of my Children and Grand children, along with others in my family. Of course there will be horses and horse related things, and things I photo'd horseback.