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01- This is the first thing you see at the Ice Caves

The Shoshone Indian Ice Caves were out next stop of the day.  We were ready for some coolness.  The temperature outside in mid afternoon was just about 103 degrees.  The tour took about 45 minutes and took us out over the top of the lava to where the entry steps went down into the cave’s entrance.  A narrow door allowed entry inside and we continued down the inside steps.  Once down to the wooden trail, which was suspended by cables just above where the ice level was, we walked the walkway while the tour guide explained some of the great tales, explained how the ice was created and how it had been completely lost for many years by people who tried to sell the ice and opened too much air flow to the area which raised the temperature.  To get the caves back to there present condition openings were closed off and only a very low air flow was allowed in.  The temperature outside has no effect on the temperature down in the caves.

02- Entry to the Shoshone Inidian Ice Caves Gift Shop and tour.
  Only the wind effects the temperature.  With winds of 0 to 10 mph, 28 to 30 degrees is found.  And the heavier the wind the colder it gets in the cave.  At 50 mph winds the temperature drops to 18 degrees, its coldest point.  Today with little winds and a temperature of 100, we found it about 28 degrees in the caves.  Amazing.

 

From there we drove south into Twin Falls.  We crossed the Perrine Bridge as we entered town.  We stopped at the visitors center and took a couple of pictures of the bridge, from which many people jump, either with bungee cords or parachutes.  Many of the smaller falls we learned were not much to see but the major falls still would give us good pictures.

03- Just out the back door.
  So, off to Shoshone Falls, and then to Twin Falls for some pictures.  Twin Falls has been halved by the local power company but the remaining half is still pretty nice. 

 

We also headed west to where there are some unusual water features.  In the Thousand Springs area the water seems to come right out of the sides of the gorge and tumbles like small falls into the river area below.  And from our vantage point on the opposite side of the river we could see lots of them.  Some through trees or homes but they just seemed to be nearly everywhere along about a five mile stretch of road. 

 

Back in Jerome, a small town just northwest of Twin Falls, we eat at a fine little restaurant named Garibaldi’s Mexican Restaurant.  The food was good, service was excellent, the Margaritas wonderful and they even gave a free dessert.  Nice.

 

Again tonight we are at a Best Western Hotel. 

sylviandavid says:
Fun day! The cave sounded fascinating. sylvia
Posted on: Feb 14, 2008
paulkernan says:
dare I sat it... COOL! You scribble like a man who has been around. Well done, Paul
Posted on: Feb 14, 2008
Hummingbird says:
We didn't need jackets. It wasn't that cold for us. It felt good to us. The temp outside was very hot.
Posted on: Feb 14, 2008
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01- This is the first thing you se…
01- This is the first thing you s…
02- Entry to the Shoshone Inidian …
02- Entry to the Shoshone Inidian…
03- Just out the back door.
03- Just out the back door.
04- As we made our way our past an…
04- As we made our way our past a…
05- More of the cave that has coll…
05- More of the cave that has col…
06- They have created these two pe…
06- They have created these two p…
07- Getting near the entrance.
07- Getting near the entrance.
08- Luckily, rough stairs had been…
08- Luckily, rough stairs had bee…
09- By now we could already feel t…
09- By now we could already feel …
10- You we could see the entry poi…
10- You we could see the entry po…
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57- Pretty nice for a small falls.
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