Bear lake 2 to Paris, Idaho

Yellowstone Tracks of the StoneBear



Sept 08



Bear Lake, Utah 2



Bear Lake, Utah to Paris, Idaho



Heading up hwy 16, turned left / west onto hwy 30 to Bear Lake, Utah. Start descenting off of the high plains with beautiful Utah plains with ranches, down through some mountain passes with unique rock strata, and come out onto the valley of Bear Lake.



Visability is 25 miles.... Bear Lake is 20+ miles north to south, 5 miles across.... some 110 square miles, and you can see mountain chains on the east / west horizons. it is a vast, wide, view of the west. Blue sky with high cirrus clouds... some lower alto stratus clouds... really beautiful.



Coming up on the south end of the lake is the Bear Lake state park / recreation area. It's empty... everyone gone after labor day. The air is cool and thin,... we're about 6,000' elev. This is northern Utah... we're close to the Idaho line. leave out from Pickleville.



Driving north up the west side reminds me of the Salton Sea.... very similar. Now northern Utah high arid plain reanches. About half way up Bear Lake is the Idaho state line.



A few miles north is Paris, Idaho.... a small uneventval town of 500 that seems plain.... then WOAH!!! ?What is this??? In the middle of a small hole in the wall town is this towering, magnificent church cathedral. They called it Paris Tabernacle.... I call it a cathedral. It was that majestic.



Now here at Tracks of the StoneBear the rule is... when you come upon something interesting.... we stop and check it out. Being raised a middle of the road Methodist... I steer away from religeous dogma and observe cathedrals like this as an historical event. ... There is a reason this is here; let's check this out.



Turns out... When the Mormon center at Salt Lake City wanted to begin expansion.... they built this church. This is the 1st church built since homesteading Salt Lake City as the Mormon center. Now surveying was not progressed enough at the time... they thought this church was built in Utah. Actually,... it was in Idaho!



The building was local quarried red / pink sandstone... really beautiful.



A tour through this cathedral... and it is a cathedral.... a majestic building like this built in 1889 was an engineering feat. Standing outside,... the building was majestic,... especially in a small town.



Inside, the craftsmnaship of woodwork was phenomenal. Absolutely beautiful. Most all was original work.



Really good to see this. None of this was planned. A good day! Now let's head on to the Tetons.


































Yellowstone Tracks of the StoneBear



Sept 08



Bear Lake, Utah



Bear Lake, Utah to Paris, Idaho



Heading up hwy 16, turned left / west onto hwy 30 to Bear Lake, Utah. Start descenting off of the high plains with beautiful Utah plains with ranches, down through some mountain passes with unique rock strata, and come out onto the valley of Bear Lake.



Visability is 25 miles.... Bear Lake is 20+ miles north to south, 5 miles across.... some 110 square miles, and you can see mountain chains on the east / west horizons. it is a vast, wide, view of the west. Blue sky with high cirrus clouds... some lower alto stratus clouds... really beautiful.



Coming up on the south end of the lake is the Bear Lake state park / recreation area. It's empty... everyone gone after labor day. The air is cool and thin,... we're about 6,000' elev. This is northern Utah... we're close to the Idaho line. leave out from Pickleville.



Driving north up the west side reminds me of the Salton Sea.... very similar. Now northern Utah high arid plain reanches. About half way up Bear Lake is the Idaho state line.



A few miles north is Paris, Idaho.... a small uneventval town of 500 that seems plain.... then WOAH!!! ?What is this??? In the middle of a small hole in the wall town is this towering, magnificent church cathedral. They called it Paris Tabernacle.... I call it a cathedral. It was that majestic.



Now here at Tracks of the StoneBear the rule is... when you come upon something interesting.... we stop and check it out. Being raised a middle of the road Methodist... I steer away from religeous dogma and observe cathedrals like this as an historical event. ... There is a reason this is here; let's check this out.



Turns out... When the Mormon center at Salt Lake City wanted to begin expansion.... they built this church. This is the 1st church built since homesteading Salt Lake City as the Mormon center. Now surveying was not progressed enough at the time... they thought this church was built in Utah. Actually,... it was in Idaho!



The building was local quarried red / pink sandstone... really beautiful.



A tour through this cathedral... and it is a cathedral.... a majestic building like this built in 1889 was an engineering feat. Standing outside,... the building was majestic,... especially in a small town.



Inside, the craftsmnaship of woodwork was phenomenal. Absolutely beautiful. Most all was original work.



Really good to see this. None of this was planned. A good day! Now let's head on to the Tetons.

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