Bloomington Lake

Here are some video clips and pictures from the beautiful Bloominton Lake near Bloomington, Idaho. Bloominton Lake is located just west of the northern side of Bear Lake. You take the Bloomington Canyon road and follow the signs for about 15-20 miles up and then hike in another quarter mile from the parking lot up there.

Bloomington Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the northern Utah / southern Idaho region. The newly re-vamped roads and trails are user-friendly and the hike (besides a steep climb of about 100 yards at the beginning) is quite easy as well. The trail is sprinkled with beautiful wildflowers with pine trees and green shrubbery all around.

For many years visitors of the lake enjoyed a rope-swing that was tied to a tree overhanging the lake. Rumor has it that a while back some lady lost hold of the rope and was injured. Because of her the park service was forced to take down the rope and cut down the branch that it was tied to. Since then many attempts have been made to tie ropes to other various branches, and all of them have, in turn, felt the wrath of the park ranger.

This year when I went to visit, a certain camper decided to risk his life in climbing up the huge tree to the very top branch and tied a long rope there. The rope was easily 25 feet higher than any other rope in the past and thus ended up being about 80 feet long.

After he tied the rope we found that in order to successfully execute the swing we had to build a platform from a rock about 25 feet higher than the previous launch-point, and jump off of there in order to get high enough on the rope so as clear the rocks and roots on the way down to the lake. By jumping off the logs and reaching up to the second knot in the rope you could clear the rocks and safely make it to the lake.

The rope was long enough that you could skim your feet on the lake as you reached the point directly under the tree, and becuase it was so much longer, and we jumped from so much higher it flung you easily 60-70 feet further than the old rope. At the peak there was so much velocity that it would fling you 25-40 feet in the air depending on your weight and antics in swinging. It was quite the thrill.

In fear of the park ranger cutting down the whole tree the camper made a life-risking return trip up the tree to retrieve the rope for use at a later date.

Below are some video clips of our jumps into the lake.
(all video clips are in .avi windows media format)
I have also included some pictures of the lake and surrounding areas for your viewing pleasure.

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Backflip Swing
Facing Mtn. Swing
Semi Belly Flop
Nick's High Swing
Nate's Far Swing
Nate's High Swing

I've just got these video clips up for now and i'm trying to figure out how to do thumbnails for them.

I will add the pictures later.

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