Saturday, October 12, 2013

Balanced Rock in Salmon Falls Creek Canyon

 

Balanced Rock in Salmon Falls Creek Canyon, South Central Idaho[/caption] Balanced Rock in Salmon Falls Creek Canyon is one of those iconic formations you have probably seen in pictures - but have never actually been to.

This is a mistake.

Over 48 feet tall and weighing more than 40 tons, Balanced Rock in Salmon Falls Creek Canyon perches precariously on a tiny pedestal only 3 feet by 17 inches. Why on earth doesn’t it topple? In 1929, one local resident was so tired of waiting for what he felt was the inevitable that he decided to come to the aid of gravity with his pick-axe. Luckily, he only succeeded in alarming people and the slightly damaged pedestal was lightly reinforced with concrete.