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Yankee Fork Gold Dredge

I spent my last full day on this Idaho trip in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.  Near the town of Stanley, Idaho, is a tiny village/trading post called Sunbeam.  From there, I drove up the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River, past piles and piles of tailings and cobbles, and then reached the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge.


The dredge was operated during parts of the 1940’s and early 1950’s, gnawing its way for several miles up the Yankee Fork and leaving the waste rock in its wake.

I recommend the tour.  You’ll be able to go inside and learn more about how the dredge operated and what it was like to work there.

Hells Canyon of the Snake River

I am in Boise, Idaho, for a conference, and had a spare afternoon.  I drove up Hells Canyon, on the Oregon/Idaho border, and did some hiking just below Hells Canyon Dam.

Here’s an infrared photo, taken with my infrared Nikon D200, converted to infrared by Life Pixel. It’s interesting how the infrared highlights the different textures of the water.


I took this photo just upriver of the Hells Canyon dam, looking downriver along the Hells Canyon Reservoir…


I’ll be back.  I’d like to take one of the boat tours that heads deeper into the canyon.