This was the first weekend we got out and started exploring the landscape around Boise. Here I am standing at Dedication Point on the northern side of the Snake River Canyon. The Snake River plain is covered with young, (for rocks), basalt and rhyolite lava flows that have repeatedly blocked the Snake River. The river keeps patiently cutting through the rock. In a mere million years it has cut the canyon behind me. The land around Dedication Point is a major bird of prey nesting area. Hawks, peregrines, and eagles set up nests on the canyon cliffs and feed their chicks a prairie dog enriched diet. Dedication Point is also used as a dark sky observing site for the local amateur astronomy society. The view to the south should be pretty dark. There are no close cities or towns to the south. The north will be compromised by Boise’s lights.