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DAY 47: GREEN RIVER, UT TO BILLINGS, MT

The forty-seventh day started off in the Idaho countryside near Heyburn, ID. As we travelled a stretch of road we saw a yellow truck transporting some cars and SUVs. The color palette of the cars looked nice against the blue sky. As we approached Idaho Falls, we left some windmills behind next to some hills. There was also a small farmhouse along the road, too. The very blue Snake River and it’s scenery was beautiful and we made our way up a hill. Massacre Rocks State Park is a history-focused public recreation area in the near American Falls featuring the Massacre Rocks, a famous spot along the Oregon Trail and California Trail during the middle 19th century. Immigrants gave the name Massacre Rocks to the trail’s narrow passage through the rocks. The name stemmed from the fear of a possible ambush by Natives. A large flock of birds rested on some power lines. They looked over the I.D. 4 as we took a photo. We also saw a little snake before making it to the American Falls Reservoir. A couple of Pelicans flying over the water, possibly looking for a snack. A group of Idaho Reindeer hung out as we continued to drive through the state. Then we saw a long 18-wheeler semi-truck carrying many bales of hay. We made a pitstop to check out a harvest. The big machines can quickly gather the crops in large quantities. We even got to go onboard to get a first person view from the tractor. We could see the harvested wheat being gathered into the red truck. A photo using the drone allowed us to see the wheat harvest from a birds eye view. We then arrived in Idaho Falls. There was a wonderful waterfall sat before some trees and a large white building. The Idaho Falls Temple is the tenth constructed and eighth operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dedicated in 1945, it was the church’s first temple built in Idaho, and the first built with a modern single-spire design. A lovely bison statue that had foliage growing on it to resemble the furry neck of the large animal. A statue that has a plaque that reads, “Snake River Fur Trader” also stands in Idaho Falls. The statue doesn’t depict anyone in particular, but rather is “a symbol of the early fur traders who came here. Most of them were of Scottish-Irish descent” states by Roy Reynolds, the man credited for the statue. Making our way through Northern Idaho, we saw lots of green crop fields being sprayed. The mist created a rainbow as we drove by in the I.D. 4. An aerial view shows the intricate circle pattern of the crop field and it had a diameter of a whole mile. We continued driving and made our way down a long stretch of road that was lined with telephone polls. As we headed towards Montana, we spotted a red farmhouse in the hills. On a side road, a man drove his ATV with his wife. It was nice to stop for a second and to hear his stories. A high bridge over a canyon that had a family of pine trees in the trench. While the sun was setting, we arrived in Montana. We charged the I.D. at an Electrify America station in the mountains of Dell, with a population of 35 people, and our day had concluded near the green reflections of the Electrify America station.

 

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