September 18th, 2007 – by: kensac
Glenns Ferry RV Park
Because there was nothing to do or see in Enterprise, I hit the road NW on a pretty ride to I 84. The ride out of Enterprise was much easier than coming into it. Traveled down I84 south of Hells Canyon, finally into Idaho, through Boise and into Glenns Ferry where I located the RV Park with no problems. This park, Carmela RV Park was small and bordered a beautiful golf course. Across the street was the Carmela winery.
Made a run back to Mountain Home and did some grocery shopping and replaced my camera with a nice Canon SC 1000. Just down the road from the RV Park was a State Park which is on the site of a crossing of the Snake River by the travelers on the Oregon Trail.
In 1869 a ferry was put into operation to make the river crossing easier and safer. It was here at Three Islands that the Oregon Trail folks had to make a decision whether to take the longer, harder south side of the Snake River or to risk the crossing and take the more direct route west on the north side. Most decided to take the risk and cross here. Unfortunately there were some losses of cattle, oxen, mules, wagons and people while attempting the crossing. The losses were not significant and the advantage of taking the northern route more than offset the danger. At the Park, they have a very nice museum and interpretive center explaining much about the life of the traveler on the Oregon Trail. It was in use from 1841 to 1920. Roads and rail lines gradually took over the same routes as the old trail. Across the river was a ranch road that took me to the site of the Oregon Trail as it approached the river high on a bluff. The view down to the river and the three islands was great and back from the edge of the bluff you can plainly see the tracks/ruts of the old trail. Interesting to stand in the same place as these hardy travelers who risked so much to reach what they thought was a better life in the west.
Three Islands River crossing
Glenns Ferry, ID
Another day I took an interesting ride over to the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. It was about 30 miles east of Glenns Ferry off of I 84. The road into Hagerman went down through a gorge with lava walls on the left side. The road has some beautiful overlooks into the Hagerman valley with the Snake River running through it. The visitor’s center for the Hagerman Fossil Monument was in the center of town and although small, had some interesting examples of what has been recovered from the area. The star was a full skeleton of the Hagerman Horse which is supposed to be quite famous and has examples on display in several prestigious museums around the world.
Got my National park Passport stamps and drove over the river and up to the Fossil Beds Park. At the top, was a parking area that is on the site of the Oregon Trail as it climbed up from the lower valley. Again the tracks were easy to spot. There were no fossil stops in the park which was disappointing. Leaving the Park, I continued down the One Thousand Springs Scenic Drive and quickly came to an area that had a large lava bluff on the other side of the river with many waterfalls coming out of the rock wall all fed from underground springs. Very unusual and quite beautiful.
Summary: Elk RV parking; 55; Escapee RV Parks: 26; Public RV Parks: 50; National Parks: 64; Ships: 17; Forts: 30.
Expenses: 50 months on the road with an average of $1965/ month.