Our week with Donna and Jonathan in Idaho last month closed with a visit to a lovely section of downtown Idaho Falls called the "Green Belt," a park along the Snake River that flows through the center of the city. This stretch of the river includes some impressive rapids and a long dam-like structure over which the water rushes. This imparts a cool, well-watered feel to the park--a welcome oasis in the dry, sunny, high-plains-and-desert environment that is southeastern Idaho.
One thing in abundance along this stretch of the river are ducks, geese, gulls, and other water birds. They love to congregate at the edge of the dam, and somehow aren't carried over the edge by the rushing water. I'd like to see a person pull off this trick!
Dominating the skyline wherever one looks here is the beautiful Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It was here that Donna and Jonathan were sealed in marriage in 2004. The Temple creates a stunning backdrop to whatever portion of the river and park one beholds. The ducks are privileged to have it in view all the time!
Naturally, no visit to a pretty place is complete without having one's picture taken in front of it!
One last thing caught my eye as we were leaving the park--a historical marker (of course!), with a most interesting story to tell of how wartime "enemies" came to be friends in Idaho Falls (click on the picture to open a larger, easier-to-read version).
So, that was our trip--there was so much more fun to it that didn't get photographed! I'd tell you more about it, but my 55-year-old brain struggles to recall details even only 6 weeks after the event! Suffice it to say that it was one of the most enjoyable weeks we've ever spent, and an adventure I hope we can have with our children again!