Back again to the magnificent Snake River and literally only minutes away from the wonderful Shoshone Falls. The great looking Perrine Bridge spans the canyon and a little down river I took the opportunity to sit, rest and marvel at the view up river.
The bridge goes over high above the river at 486 feet (148 metres) and across it is 1500 feet (457 metres). In 1927 it was opened and was at the time the highest bridge in the world. Actually, quirkily thinking about it, the bridge above sea level is 3600 feet… higher than the top of the highest mountain in England.
It was a perfect spot to take in the calm view up the canyon. I was calm, but the bridge is full of adrenalin pumped people. If you watch for a period you can see the BASE jumpers taking turns at taking off the bridge to the canyon floor. A very popular BASE jumping spot, it is said to be the only place you can jump all year round without a permit.
From the spot I was sitting, watching the jumpers go one by one, I looked over my shoulder and coming down the side of the canyon was another impressive sight, Perrine Coulee Falls! Totally different kind of falls from the near neighbour Shoshone Falls, I showed in a previous post.
This was a natural unaltered by man falls. A single huge drop that apparently, also differently, gets more water in Summer rather than Winter and Spring. Well totally unaltered may be wrong in that the reason the falls increase in Summer is because of canal irrigation and drainage to the river further away. It does flow all year round so you can’t get to miss it. A 200 foot (60 metres) drop straight down from sunshine above to lush green below.
Of course I wandered over to its base. My word it was high. Yet another spot to sit, wonder and admire. That is becoming quite a theme here by the Snake River.