We spent our first night of vacation in a rustic wooden cottage at Billingsley Creek Lodge and Retreat. Our cottage sat right on the edge of spring-fed Billingsley Creek.

The lodge has beautiful gardens:

A lovely koi pond:

And a couple of resident muskrats:

The next morning we were off to Malad Gorge at Thousand Springs State Park.

The Malad River crashes down stair step falls, then cuts through a beautiful 250-foot gorge on its way to the Snake River, two and a half miles downstream.

Most of the history at this park is on the geologic scale. The cracks and folds of rock along the canyon cliffs record the movements of earth, lava and water.

Our last stop before heading back to Boise was Bruneau Dunes State Park.

The park is the site of North America’s highest single-structured sand dune, which is about 470 feet high. 

Don and I both agreed that the landscape at Bruneau dunes was simply surreal. This olive tree standing in front of the dunes is my favorite photo from our time in Idaho.

This is my favorite version:

Which one do you like best?


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