Road trip – Big Springs, Idaho and Earthquake Geologic Area, Montana

Duke and I are on day 3 of our 2015 Road Trip. Today we headed north from Idaho into Montana.

Our first stop was at Big Springs in Island Park, Idaho. It is one of the 40 largest springs in the world and produces 120 millions gallons of water each day. We saw ducks, fish, a moose and a muskrat! The water is 52 degrees year round.

Fish and muskrat!

 

We took a tour of Johnny's cabin on the edge of the springs. Johnny Sack built the cabin mainly with hand tools starting in 1929. He also built all the furniture in the cabin. He used split bark veneer to decorate. In the pictures you can see his craftsmanship.

We crossed the continental divide into Montana and stopped at Earthquake Lake Geologic Area. In 1959 a 7.5 earthquake caused the whole side of the mountain to collapse into the valley and dam up the Madison River to create a new lake. 28 people were killed. Duke and I were 7 years old when the disaster occurred but neither of us remembers hearing about it. I guess we were too young. In one picture below you can see where the land slide occurred and in the other you can see the new Earthquake lake.

That is Duke in front of our car!

A bit farther up the valley is Hebgen Dam which luckily didn't fail when the earthquake happened. We had a picnic lunch beside Hebgen Lake.

Tonight we are in Bozeman, Montana.