Day 11: Bear Lake and Paris

Bear Lake lies on the border of Idaho and Utah, and is just large enough to see on a map of the United States.

Bear Lake lies on the border of Idaho and Utah, and is just large enough to see on a map of the United States.

At the end of the pass, we reach the only designated scenic overlook, which peers down onto Bear Lake, a vast blue body of water that makes Winnapausaukee look like a puddle. Limestone accumulates in these waters, acting like mirrors to create unusual color effects to delight the eye, reflecting the moods of the sky in the waters below.

From these lofty heights, we go down to drive along the lakeshore, noting that the locals are proud of the raspberry crops – their fame has not gone as far as the Idaho potato – and soon we are in Idaho.

In Paris, we pause to take photos of the historic tabernacle there, an impressive edifice that rivals the cathedrals of Europe in an otherwise unremarkable town. Alas, there is no time for us to take a tour, despite the eager offers of the proud locals.

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