Joann left us a bag of travel booklets and magazines related to Idaho and the northwest. In the Idaho book, I found a reference to Big Spring, a source of water for Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Since it isn’t far from Lionshead RV Resort, which is located just a few miles from the Idaho state line, we chose to visit it yesterday.
We didn’t know what to expect, except the write-up mentioned that the spring provides millions of gallons of water to the river every day, and there is a half-mile trail that is not difficult. We found the turn-off from US 20 with no trouble and drove to where the GPS took us into a campground. Just before turning into the campground, we noticed a parking lot next to what we thought was a pool. That turned out to be the Big Spring! The water doesn’t gush out, but bubbles from the bottom of the pool and along it’s edges. It’s at a fairly constant 52 degrees year round. The water is crystal clear, and the area is beautiful!
Dortha, Mark, Andrew, Lauren and Zachary standing in front of the spring:
A little girl sitting on the platform at the edge of the spring, with the bridge in the background:
Seagulls! Are they lost?
The half-mile trail turned out to be about a quarter of a mile one way, leading to a little cabin which was built by John Sack, complete with a little water wheel that he built to provide electricity. He was a woodworker, and built not only the cabin, but all of the furniture. The house is open to the public, so we walked the little path and went through the cabin.