Over and over, we hear from visitors about how nice the people they meet in Idaho are. We already know that, but it seems out-of-state vacationers aren’t used to such treatment! Here are two more Idaho moments in 100 words or less, that were submitted to BSU Public Radio.
A big “thank you” to our extended tourism family, and to the charming, unique, and interesting people across the state who make any visitors’ experience a good one. And expecially to those who show visitors a whole different side to us folks “way out West in Idaho.”
Rode my triathlon bike yesterday into the Idaho countryside and forgot to put on sunscreen. Rode through many a smell pocket: alfalfa, cows, dust, onions, mint. Stopped in the shade and asked a large man in a white T-shirt for a water bottle refill.
He was very gracious, filled it with crushed ice and well water, “was that okay,” and asked if I liked potatoes. Sure. He pulled a melon-sized spud from the back of his Subaru and asked if I wanted some. I paused. “Then I’ll go get a bag,” he says.
So I continued down Chicken Dinner Road with a plastic bag of very large spuds, “good for hashbrowns,” he says, tied to the handlebars of my bike.
Sweet-Ola Highway runs twenty miles north from Sweet, Idaho to Ola, where it forks into two dirt roads that ascend into the mountains. Spring cattle and sheep drives are a common sight as ranchers lead their animals up to cool, high meadows. We were not surprised to see a border collie on the side of the road in the distance.
We gasped when she walked out and sat in our lane. We slowed to a crawl, and when we did she looked satisfied and trotted back to her spot on the edge.
We crept around the next curve and found her flock and their shepherd.
“Did my dog stop you?” he asked.
“Yes!” we answered.
He nodded and said, “Good.”
We are coming to the last of the mini-blogs and the end of the fun we have had reading and compiling these snapshots of Idaho. We hope you’ve seen that a blog need not be long or complex or even have a photo, just your perspective on a special Idaho moment.
Many of our readers will have had memorable experiences by the end of the summer, and have a story that could inspire others to take a similar adventure. If you’re willing to share your story and perhaps a photo or two, e-mail us or comment, won’t you?