The USA: Landscapes and Urban Spaces

The distance from Ketchum to Stanley is about 60 miles and between the two settlements there is only one other, a dot on the map called Obsidian 12 miles from Stanley itself. We were in a remote area, but the road was excellent, the views of the mountains and the forests were sublime and the late afternoon visibility was perfect. We ascended the valley of the Salmon River. At times the valley is very narrow, but on other occasions it widens to create meadows full of wild flowers not dissimilar to yaylas in Turkey. At 8,701 feet above sea level, Galena Summit was the highest point that we attained. A descent began thereafter and we had expected the views to be somewhat less engaging. However, for 10 miles beyond the summit the views were even more spectacular. By now the Sawtooth Mountains, a ridge of snow-smudged peaks almost as beautiful…

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