Dragon of Yankee Fork

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Raised by 7 people in 21 months
Martha Hindman
on behalf of Linda Dobson

This journey is for my father, Dr Paul David Dalke, the leader of the Idaho Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, 1947-1967, at the University of Idaho. Dad taught me to appreciate the heritage woven into the Gem State. We traveled the highways and dusty roads; fished the rivers and streams; watched a baby fawn and her mother, the eagles soar and the butterflies migrate. We smelled the ponderosa pine trees, syringa, and lady slippers after a summer shower. We listened to the sage grouse "blooming", counted eggs in blue grouse nests; uncovered ancient fossils; and enjoyed the magnificent mountain ranges high atop Indian Hill Lookout.

Dad's Legacy: "To be remembered not for human frailities or mannerisms, but for something you did, achieved, left behind; something that reached and touched the lives of perfect strangers." My dad was a gentle man. I am a grateful daughter.

Dragon of Yankee Fork is an alphabetical jouney of personal stories, poetry, photographs and a little bit of science thrown in for good measure; to learn and use as a reading resource through the beautiful state of Idaho. I have created this page to help with my travels In July 2017 to do research on this project and make sure my facts and sciences are indeed correct before publishing.

It is my hope that Dragon of Yankee Fork will touch the lives of families, friends, and perfect strangers, as they discover how the stories in each letter become a part of the fabric that is the State of Idaho.

To Idaho--with Love

The vast forests of pine and cedar, cones and needles,
Ancient rock formations, waterfalls, creeks to jump,
Deep shadows and quiet camping spots.
Dusty logging and forest service roads with "potholes" to spare.
Miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding with my Dad.
Rivers where Rainbow and Brook trout jump at fishermen's flies
Lakes where Bass and Blue Gills are an angler's delight.

Elk, deer, moose, antelope, mountain goats, big horned sheep
Black bear Mama's with her cubs.
Bobcats, rabbits, rattlesnakes abound
Once in awhile an illusive mountain lion watches.

Mountain bluebirds, bohemian wax wings, purple finches
Magpies, crows, great horned owls, bald and golden eagles,
Song birds and raptors grace the thermals,
All you need to do -- is observe.

Butterflies in migration, bees and mosquitoes,
Wildflowers of every color and hue, sage brush and syringa,
Bitterroot, indian paint brush, delphinums,
Their delicate fragrances tickle your nose.

National Forests, Wilderness Areas, State Parks
Hells Canyon, Craters of the Moon, gold dredge at Yankee Fork
Each with its own story, are you listening?

But best of all the rolling hills of the Palouse
Dotted with farms and acres of wheat, oats, green peas.
The Community of Moscow in Latah County
Whose bell in the tower of First United Methodist Church
Continues to call the faithful to worship.
Where my family, farmers, towns people, business people
University students, faculty and staff
Blended together in this business of Life,
And nurtured a young girl with her imaginary friend, "Shagnasty"
To dream of exploration far beyond Idaho's borders.

For these experiences, I am eternally grateful.

Martha Hindman
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Hello and Good Day to you:

Here are the answers to the Dec. 6th letters.
"F" (1) Fish hatcheries. The two hatcheries I am familiar with are Niagara Springs on the Snake River and the Clearwater Hatchery on the North Fork of the Clearwater River at the Dworshak Dam.
(2) Fossils. Check out the Hagerman Horse fossils at the Visitor's Center in Hagerman. Interesting displays and a short video explaining where the fossils were found. Dad and I found plant fossils at the bottom of White Bird Grade many years ago.
(3) Farragut. Chapter Title. Besides being Boot Camp for Naval Recruits training for duty in the South Pacific, Farragut was also a POW camp for some 750 Eastern European POW's most of whom came from Austria.

"P" (1) Potatoes. Chapter Title. Yummy vegie for your tummy cooked in a variety of ways! French Fries are one of the best. Try the Ore-Ida brand.
(2) Peavey's. Six foot hard maple poles with a "hook and claw" on one end and a red carved handle on the other end. These Peavey's were used by the "River Runners" who worked with the log drives down the Clearwater river from Ahsahka to the Lewiston Mill Pond until 1971 when the Dworshak Dam was completed.
(3) Peonia Brownii. Scientific name for the Wild Peony. It likes sunny, open places just like its domestic cousin. The blossoms are pink but smaller than the domestic variety.

Letters for December 13th.
"O" (1) Obsidian
(2) Oregon Trail
(3) Orofino

"W" (1) Water Falls
(2) Weippe Prairie
(3) Wannigans

Stay tuned! Answers next week.
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This afternoon I received an email from the SelwayBitterrootFrankChurchFoundation. Beginning on January 4, 2019, they will begin taking applications for their Summer Intern Program. This is a fantastic opportunity for college students,Spring graduates, veterans, to learn about, work hard, and enjoy two of Idaho's Wilderness Areas. The Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area is one of my favorite places in the whole State of Idaho!

Thursday, I will post the answers to last weeks letters and two more new letters.

Stay tuned!
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I received an email from the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation this afternoon. They will be accepting applications for Interns beginning January 4, 2019. Check out their website: Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation<swebster@selwaybitterroot.org>
For those persons in college, or have just graduated or are veterans, this is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with Forest Rangers and staff, and enjoy the beauty of both the Selway Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas.
The Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and the Selway River in particular, is one of my most favorite places in the State of Idaho.
Thursday, I will have two more letters for you, and the answers to last weeks letters of "F" and "P."
Stay tuned!
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Here are the answers to last weeks letters of "C" and "N," in my alphabet book, " The Dragon of Yankee Fork."

"C" (1) Clarkia, a small unincorporated community in SW Shoshone County, Idaho It is near Emerald Creek where star garnets, Idaho's State Rock, are sometimes found.
(2) Craters of the Moon is the Chapter Title where you will find personal stories, photographs, poetry, online resources.
(3) Cattails, are plants which grow in moist areas. Blossoms grow in a tight brown head. When mature, and the head is broken, tiny white seeds are at the mercy of the wind.

"N" (1) Nampa, a growing city SW of Boise investing in infrastructure, education and community involvement.
Northwestern Nazarene University is located here and was the home of the first woman elected to the US Senate from the State of Idaho, Gracie Pfost, who served from 1953 to 1963.
(2) National Forests is the Chapter Title where you will find personal stories, photographs, poetry, online resources. Idaho's, seven National Forests are, Idaho Panhandle, Nez Perce-Clearwater, Salmon-Challis, Payette, Boise, Sawtooth and Caribou-Targhee/Curlew Grasslands. Each National Forest is unique in area and awesome scenery.
(3) Nightshade's (genue Solanum) beautiful blue blossoms produce red or dark berries, that are poisonous to humans, but not livestock such as cattle, horses or goats.

Today, December 6, 2018 letters.
"F" (1) Fish Hatcheries, can you name some of them?
(2) Fossils, where are they found?
(3) Farragut, what was it?

and "P" (1) Potatoes, yummy vegie
(2) Peavey's, what is this?
(3) Peonia Brownii, fun for the Botanist.

These letters have helped me stretch my knowledge and memories about the State of Idaho.
More next week.

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12 days ago

Neat idea!

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Raised by 7 people in 21 months
Created March 8, 2017
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Becky Hines
20 months ago

Best wishes Martha!

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12 days ago

Neat idea!

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