Idaho Potato Expo: Home of the World's Largest Potato Chip

    6/20/21 •

    …are so important to Idaho’s economy. You’ll also see how potatoes are sorted, graded and prepared for consumers. Best of all, the $3 admission charge includes “free taters for out-of-staters”–a baked potato with butter and sour cream. Blackfoot is in southeastern Idaho, between Idaho Falls and Pocatello along I-15. The expo is in a remodeled…

    Idaho's Old Mission State Park: A Church Hand-Built Without Nails

    11/21/19 •

    …in a day-use park northern Idaho near Cataldo, roughly 24 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene and just southeast of where State Highway 3 meets I-90 Exit 39. For details, call 1-208-682-3814. More to see Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge, runs along the border of Idaho and Oregon, about 120 miles south of Coeur d’Alene….

    A Stop in Weippe, Idaho On the Lewis and Clark Trail

    12/18/18 •

    Following the trail of Lewis and Clark, my husband and I stopped for coffee in Weippe, Idaho, a hamlet on the high mountain prairie where the Nez Perce fed the starving Corps of Discovery in 1805. Walking up a slight hill from First Stop Java, I entered Cyndy’s Echoes of the Past. The realistic-looking dolls…

    Nez Perce Culture at the Spalding Visitors Center, Idaho

    5/09/18 •

    We got a fascinating look at Nez Perce culture and history at the Spalding Visitors Center, the headquarters of the Nez Perce National Historical Park, located in Spalding in northwestern Idaho. A 23-minute movie gave us an overview of tribal history, and we especially enjoyed the museum, filled with tribal artifacts, clothing, pictures and horse…

    Warhawk Air Museum in Idaho: A Fascinating Look at Flight

    12/27/19 •

    At the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho, I got a fascinating look at flight, from World War I through future space-age research. It’s housed in a 20,000-square-foot building located, appropriately enough, right next to the airport. Under the watchful eyes of two magnificent Curtiss P-40s used by World War II’s Flying Tigers, I browsed…

    The Colorado Railroad Museum

    11/27/18 •

    …Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America, runs 28 miles to the summit of 14,264-foot Mt. Evans. It starts about 20 miles west of Golden at Idaho Springs; for details about the “road to the stars” and other area attractions, visit or call the Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau at 1-800-882-5278….

    Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park, Nebraska: Home of the Largest Intact Fossil Bed

    5/12/18 •

    Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in northeast Nebraska contains the largest intact fossil bed ever discovered from that time period. It includes hundreds of perfectly preserved animal skeletons (see above) wrapped in a blanket of ash that’s thought to be 10 million years old. Scientists believe the ash came from an Idaho volcano more…