William Heat-Moon’s book, “Here, There, Elsewhere” is one delight after another of places unknown and some familiar.
Some years ago we visited Nez Perce National Historical Park in Idaho. While we were at the visitor center an elderly Nez Perce lady burst in out of breath, in tears..
The width of Idaho Falls is a surprise. For engineering reasons, we assume, it is placed on a diagonal so the width of the dam is much greater than the width of the river.
We hear much about invasive species coming into the U.S. from Europe or Asia. Surprise! That works two ways. The potato beetle, native to our states of Colorado and Nebraska, was first found in Germany in 1870 and by 1877 was causing significant damage in Europe.
The Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot is one of those places we’ve missed because we didn’t have time or it wasn’t open that day. This time we stopped.We didn’t know there was so much to know about potatoes!
Twice, this trip, thunder storms—that shouldn’t be any surprise in September as summer turns to fall. In northern Idaho, we turned off the highway at a C-store for a Forest Service Camp which we didn’t find, but we found a cleared area where we could get off the road and settled in our van for the night. I woke shortly thereafter to a distant rumble and constant flashes of lightening, seemingly on all sides of us. I woke Skus, who…
Bullfrogs and spring peepers serenaded us, and wind blew through the willows and Russian olives (or whatever variety they are) beside the lake. I’ve since associated Bruneau Dunes with Christmas and a lovely old carol.
Copper Creek is a U.S. Forest Service campground close to the Canadian border in Idaho. The camp host greeted us with a printed warning that this is bear country