Last Thursday we all went on a great field trip to Big Springs. Mike and Shannon had been there before, but it was new for Al and I, so off we went. Big Springs is the head waters of the Henrys Fork river. All the river pictures I have had lately, are the Henrys Fork, no small river. 120 million gallons of water come out of the ground each day. That is an amazing thing to even think about, and especially to see. The water is a constant temp of 52 degrees.
We first stopped about a half mile down from Big Springs on an old railroad trestle bridge. People come here to launch rafts or canoes into the river. Such a beautiful river.
The water was crystal clear, so clear I was able to take photos of the trout below us. This fish swam after another one just as I hit the shutter button.
And we got to watch a big blue heron.
Then we drove up to Big Springs, and the Johnny Sack cabin. Johnny Sack leased the land for the cabin in 1929 for $4.15 per year. He then started building the cabin and all the furnishings.
Wouldn’t you live here for $4.15 a year?
He also built this small water wheel so he could have power to his house. This is in front of one of the spots where water comes out of the mountain.
The inside was simply charming, I really can’t think of a better word. The craftsmanship in the house itself, and all the furniture was amazing. Al was completely enthralled, and was ready to move right in.
(The photos of the interior of the house are not the best. There were windows everywhere that really messed up my exposure.)
The eating and working nook.
The entryway. I was in love with the wood on the walls. So rustic and natural. And check out the pattern in the floor.
This was a cozy sitting area. He built the table, chair, magazine rack, everything.
One of two bedrooms.
Johnny Sack was 4′ 11″ tall, never married, and lived in this cabin for 20 plus years. He had a dog to keep him company, and friends who would come and visit. Go to this page to see more photos, and read a lot more of the history of this cool cabin.
We then walked around the Big Springs area and enjoyed the crystal clear water. This is where all that water comes out of the ground.
If you are ever in the Island Park area of Idaho, this is a must see place. If you drive to West Yellowstone, you go right past this place, so be sure to stop.