Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 5th and 6th, 2016 Driving to Elko, NV and Idaho Falls, ID. Western Museum

September 5th and 6th, 2016 Driving to Elko, NV and Idaho Falls, ID. Western Museum

Leaving Yosemite we headed east across Nevada along Route 208, 95A and then to Interstate 80. We ended up in a town called Elko, Nevada. We picked it because it had a lot of hotels but ended up being an ok place. The country side along the drive is pretty cool. Mostly desert or small bushes but really, really dry. We passed very small towns, mining operations, cows and occasionally horses but mostly just emptiness. Elko was the largest town in the northeastern section of Nevada and was the railroad, mining and ranching center from the 1850s on. The California Trail ran through here as well as the Central Pacific Railroad.

On Tuesday morning we visited the Northeastern Nevada Museum here in Elko. It is an excellent regional museum with a huge collection of stuffed animals from the Jack Wanamaker Wildlife collection of big game and western animals. Plus lots of local Nevada history.

Leaving the museum we headed east along Route 84 and headed to Idaho Falls. Along the way we crossed the Snake River in Twin Falls, Idaho over the Perrine Bridge. in 1974 Evil Knievel tried and failed to jump the Snake River. Seeing the river is seems just crazy.

Driving along Route 208 in Nevada, entering a really cool canyon

Much of the country side looked just like this

Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nevada

Having fun with a bear from the Wanamaker Wildlife Collection

Driving across lower Idaho, still pretty barren

Standing by the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho