I did a thing over the long Fourth of July weekend; I set foot in the only one of the 50 states I hadn’t yet. Idaho!
When my company sent me to Portland, Oregon for a conference earlier this year, I realized that only Idaho remained and I needed to seize the opportunity. Aside from the bizarre pleasure of conquering some arbitrary political boundaries, I was further motivated to make the trip because I had just finished a year long freelance project helping the lovely Deb Glaser develop her online course for reading teachers (it’s really cool – check it out!). Deb lives in Boise and we had never met in all that time. I thought I should pop on up and say hi.
So, on June 29th, two women and a Finnish Lapphund packed into my boxy SUV and headed out on a 2,109 mile road trip. That’s a lot of miles to cover in six days, but it’s not so bad considering we were cruising along between 85 and 95 mph for a lot of the trip, and even topped 100 now and then.
What can I tell you about a road trip from Boulder to Boise in July? It’s hot. Hot, hot, hot and no shade anywhere. But we saw some unique and beautiful places.
camping on Antelope Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. easily my favorite part of the trip
reflections of the mountains in the Great Salt Lake
sunset at Buffalo Point on Antelope Island. the sunlight didn’t fully fade until almost 11pm
a free range bison we spotted on our way back to camp after sunset
the lone bison was still there in the daytime
the Great Salt Lake. I’ve never seen water so still (and stinky!)
So, what’s next? If Puerto Rico becomes a state, I’ll have to head down there to keep my accomplishment in tact. Then maybe I should aim to reach all the other territories. Has anyone been to American Samoa? Or Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the U.S. Virgin Islands? Travel tips welcome!
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