Idaho isn’t all about potatoes. In fact, we had a great drive through cherry country where we picked up $5 worth of cherries from a farmside stand. How many cherries was that, you ask? Five pounds. The grower even gave us a brief cherry education, leaving us with one gem:
- As long as there is no visible mold, cherries with splits in their sides tend to be sweetest because the tree delivers extra sugars to the fruit in order to help it heal. Cool.
I also had a great experience with “country manners.” I was picking up a drink at a cafe and asked the cashier where I could find a straw. She pointed me toward a nearby counter and as I turned to head over, a young boy – maybe six years old – ran over to me holding a straw: “Here you go, sir!” I replied “Thank you, sir,” and this kid gave me the biggest smile, clearly thrilled that an adult addressed him as “sir”.
Finally, if you are ever in Idaho make sure to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument*. It is such a fun and manageable park, with lots of short hiking trails and cool opportunities to explore “lava tubes.” The tubes are made from lava flowing in channels where the top of the flow solidified and the lava flowed through the resulting “tube”, eventually draining and leaving something awesome to explore. Super cool, and we got more mileage out of our parks pass!
*Boondocking tip: There are some huge turnouts on the side of the highway approaching Craters of the Moon. Overnight there and wake up ten minutes from the park.
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