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We Created a Memory

Story ID:9159
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Malad Gorge Idaho USA
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We Created a Memory

We Created a Memory

We Created a Memory

The weather report was good. It predicted perfect conditions for a weekend
trip to visit three places in Idaho we hadn't seen. I'd wanted to explore the areas for
more than a year.

The first was Malad Gorge. I love a good Gorge landscape I never experienced
on the east coast. The other two spots were in the same area Thousand Springs and
Hagerman Fossil fields.

"We should take the boys with us." Ginny suggested, referring to our three

"Good idea! Ask them if they're interested."

"I'll be over there this afternoon. I'll see if they are."

Ginny returned that evening. "Are the boys interested?" I asked.

"Yeah!" Ginny laughed. "I asked them if they wanted to take a day trip with me
and Poppa Mike on Saturday to see a Gorge and a couple other places.

"They asked, 'What will we do there?'

"I said, 'We'll drive for a couple hours, get out of the car, look at a big hole in
the ground, say, 'Wow' and 'Aw' and come home. Do you want to go?

"They said, 'OK!'"

I laughed, "Ok, we have a plan.

We picked up on Saturday morning at 10 AM. Two hours later, we pulled
off the highway, made two quick right turns and parked in the Malad Gorge State

We got out of the car and walked fifty feet. Our jaws dropped. The Earth opened
in front of us. It was a chasm two hundred and fifty feet deep. A footbridge spanned a
narrow section. To our right, water flowed under the highway and dropped into the
gorge,. To our left, the gorge opened into a mini Grand Canyon.

We stood on the footbridge and said, "WOW! AH!"

The view was something we'll never forget.

We left, drove to the Hagerman fossil fields, discovered the actual fields
were not easy to get to, but a tiny museum gave us lots of information about the
fossils found in the area.

Hagerman is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and
animals: including Saber Tooth Cats, Mastodon, Bear, Camel, Ground Sloth, and many
other species. The most famous is the Hagerman Horse.

We drove to Thousand Springs national park. Here, millions of gallons of cold
water cascade from the north wall of the Snake River Canyon. The wall of rock bleeds

It was a good day with the boys.

The next day I took our oldest grandson fishing. We caught nothing as usual,
but when I took him home, his uncle was there. I told his uncle about our trip the day
before. "Seth liked the gorge. Didn't you, Seth?"
Seth's reply, "It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."

If we die tomorrow, the Seth will always remember the day Poppa Mike and
Gingin took him and his brothers to the most beautiful place he has ever seen.

We created a memory.

Michael T. Smith

Malad Gorge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAutSRs_3MA

Malad Gorge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX5o1eDxfBA

1000 Springs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30LBwjtshxE