Why Blackfoot you ask? Well you see, Roger & I are city folk born & bred. We know less than nothing about farming (meaning that most of what we do know is completely wrong). So we tend to take advantage of tours & exhibits that teach us what we don’t know. And Blackfoot is home to the Idaho Potato Museum. That’s right, a potato panegyric, a tribute to taters, a salute to spuds. We ran out of time to see the museum last year so this year we actually stopped for the night in Blackfoot just so we could tour the museum. We learned that the potato originated in southern Peru, was brought to Spain & then was grown throughout Europe before it was brought to the U.S. In turn the lowly spud brought the Irish to America after the potato blight wiped out the crops in the mid 19th century and created a horrific famine in Ireland. Here are some highlights from the museum so that you can share in our joy of discovery.
|Animated potato faces projected onto potato bags|
|A collection of potato mashers|
We continued our drive along the Salmon River to the town of Salmon where we began this year’s search into the travels of the Corps of Discovery. Now, if you’re like Roger & me, in school we learned it as the Lewis & Clark Expedition. However, I believe with the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery in 2004-6, the name in history books was changed to be consistent with what the expedition was actually called. Our interest in Lewis & Clark began when our son was a child & we took a Columbia River day cruise and then visited Fort Clatsop on the Oregon Coast. I bought a book then about touring the Corps of Discovery sites. This year I actually read the book.
|The Bitterroot Mountains from just outside the town of Salmon|
|A Blue Heron that landed right next to our camping spot|
|Another Heron on the north fork of the Salmon River|
|Statue from the Sakajawea Interpretive Center|
|Park behind the Sacajawea Center|
|Road out of Salmon|
|Robin out our front door. No, we don't have a back door|
|We stumbled upon a small herd of Bighorn Sheep along the north fork of the Salmon|
|Along the Salmon River|