BRUNEAU Sand Dunes

Last week Tavin along with his 4th grade class for Idaho History took a field trip, this is the last stop of that trip, but that is where I am starting. I came along on this trip as a chaperon, and of course as a photographer.

Bruneau, happens to be my maiden name, and this area, Bruneau Town, Bruneau River, Bruneau Canyon, and Bruneau Sand Dunes were named after my 3rd Great Grandfather, Captain Pierre Bruneau. Only when I came to Idaho the year before I married could people pronounce my name and spell it correctly! When I was pregnant with Tavin, another Bruneau Relative passed away. I was frustrated that there wasn't more Bruneau's in this world....thus Tavin's middle name is Bruneau.

Tavin is second from the left, along with some of his friends. There are many sand dunes at Bruneau Dunes, but there is one that is 470 feet tall, the tallest single structured sand dune in North America. Sounds impressive. When I was growing up, my grandparents talked about Bruneau town, the river & canyon. I even saw photos, for they visited the area. But it wasn't until I headed off to college that I was able to see the town...and be disappointed. The town is small in size, ranching community and certainly not impressive. We should have gone to the sand dunes!!
The complaint of this trip was the heat, 90 degree weather isn't fun to be out in for hours. The sand at the Dunes was TOO HOT! Oh of course the kids braved it and went jumping and sliding down it....but didn't roll down. I had sandals on, which meant I took a half a dozen steps, and then sat, and took the sand off my feet, wait and then took a few more steps. My feet were still hurting from that heat experience the following day! The kids on the other hand dealt with a different problem....sweat and sand. The heat was so hot that sweat would just run off their faces, (it is also work to climb a sand dune!) and sand would stick to those lovely wet areas!

The other item of Bruneau is that there is a Beetle that was named after the area too. (that white dot isn't my flash, but the overhead light) Beetles belong at sand a child at the sand dunes by the oceans where we camped, I would follow beetle tracks along in the sand. There is also a Bruneau Hot Spring Snail too, and it's on the endangered list. It is the size of a pencil eraser and found only in the thermal springs along a 5-mile stretch of the Bruneau River.
I looked on the Internet about the Bruneau Dunes, and came across this photo, I liked it. I also like to see 'my name in print'....even if I changed it, I've been a Bruneau more years than a Williams!
Behind Tavin is a large dune, but because of the trees you can't see the lake that is in front of it. The lakes here always have fishermen in them. Come visit the Bruneau Sand that you've got a bit of history about it too!


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