------------ Boise, July 2010 ------------

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------------ The Ginkgo Petrified Forest, Vantage, WA. ------------

Gingko Petrified Forest State Park is a 7,124 acre site on the western shoreline of the the Columbia River's Wanapum Reservoir.

In 1965 the National Park Service designated Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, a National Natural Landmark. This status identifies Gingko as one of the country's best examples of biological and geological features.

Over fifty petrified species are found at this park including ginkgo, sweetgum, redwood, Douglas fir, walnut, spruce and elm. This display in the interpretive center shows an example of petrified oak.

Trees of Stone Interpretive Trail is a 1 mile walk which weaves through the petrified logs in their original setting.

In 1960 rising waters behind the dam put the Wanapum petroglyphs in danger. Sixty of the three hundred carvings from the basalt cliff were saved.

A scenic view of the Columbia River.

------------ Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise, ID ------------

The Idaho Botanical Gardens contain a variety of garden styles: English, rose and herb. It's a beautiful oasis within the city limits of Boise. Gina and Scott were our tour guides.

------------ The Lewis and Clark Garden ------------

The Lewis and Clark Garden contains a selection of the 145 plants species that were collected during their journey between Great Falls, MT and The Dalles, OR.

------------ The Katheryn Albertson Park ------------

This 41 acre park in downtown Boise provides access to the Green Belt.

Wood Duck

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