I live in Idaho. Ever heard of it? Do you know where it is? Trust me when I tell you, it is one of the 50 states… but it seems to me that a whole lot of people don’t know that. I remember when my husband and I decided to move here from Southern California… our co-workers kept asking things like “Where are you moving again? Ohio?” “Illinois?” Really? Really.
It was even worse last year while living in Virginia! At least out there, you could think …well, Ohio is close to here, so that makes sense…. sort of…. except not really, because I’m not talking recent immigrants…. I mean, sure, if you told me you were from Zambia, not Zimbabwe, I might not know which one was more north and which more south… but I am pretty sure all of us Americans took US Geography at some point, learned that ‘States song’… you know the one? Yeah, so I think you ought to know where Idaho is. Yet on more than one occasion I found myself saying “No, not Ohio. I-da-ho. You know, it’s between Montana and Oregon.” Because everyone knows where Montana and Oregon are, but not Idaho! Urgh. The good thing, I suppose, is the the less people know about Idaho, the less likely it will get full-up and ruined. (After all, that’s why we left SoCal… too many people moving there!) One of Kiki’s friends in Virginia, when she found out we had moved from Idaho, was like “Ooooh! Do you like french fries?!” So, I guess she at least knew a little bit about Idaho. Yes, potatoes grow here.
My dad calls Idaho ‘fly-over’ country… as in, no one comes here on purpose, they just fly over. That’s pretty true. There are alot of things we don’t have here….. shopping is sparse at best.
No Ikea, no Trader Joes. We don’t have In-and-Out Burger. Or Nordstrom. We don’t have the ocean, and that’s the worst part, really. We have what you need; maybe not everything you want. Most of what Idaho is known for is outdoor living… skiing, snowmobiling, white water rafting, horsesback riding, hiking, hunting; that sort of thing. We have gorgeous mountains, fantastic lakes, tons and tons of wilderness areas. We have all four seasons, and they are all beautiful. And about four malls in the entire state. So it depends on what you’re into, huh? It can be frustrating… a few days ago, my hubby and I and another couple wanted to go out for espresso. We went to the one really cool place – which was closed for a private party. Then we hit two other spots – one a local spot and one a nationwide chain (Tully’s) – both of which were closed (it was only 8pm!!) before we ended up at SBUX. Not my fave coffee place – but, they were open. Meh…stuff happens.
It’s not all mountains and meadows… where we live, it’s actually sort of high-desert…. fields and sagebrush. Well, where there isn’t a housing tract.
And some rivers.
Of all the places we’ve lived, Idaho isn’t my #1 fave. Part of it is probably due to the fact we haven’t taken full advantage of all there is to do here. We really need to go camping this summer! All things being equal (as in, if I could move my family, friends, church, and Kiki’s homeschool co-op with us) we’d probably live in the Seattle area. We love, love it there. However – all things are not equal! We have chosen family and friends, and we are very happy to be living here.
P.S. I did not personally take these photos. I gathered them from around the internet, but none of them said I couldn’t…. so there.