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    Craters of the Moon

    For our anniversary trip this year we decided to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument in southeast Idaho. We took a 3-day weekend for the trip. We stayed in Idaho Falls. Craters of the Moon actually has nothing to do with the moon, except that somebody in the 1920s thought it looked like the surface of the moon as…

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    An Idaho Story

        As we wrap up our 31-day virtual road trip today, we travel west from Montana to Idaho. My family first moved to Idaho in 1998. We live up in the panhandle in the Coeur d’Alene area, near Spokane, Washington. If you haven’t been here before you may not realize how very scenic most of Idaho is. We were surprised to…

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    A Montana Story

    Day 30 of our virtual road trip takes us southeast from Alaska to Montana. (Again, not exactly in one day. But whatever.) Living in the panhandle of Idaho, we are just a couple hours away from the Montana state line to the east, so we’ve been over there on the weekend many times. We’ve also traveled across Montana on pretty much…

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    A Utah Story

    Day 23 of our virtual road trip takes us southwest from Wyoming to Utah. Here’s the account of one of my favorite days we have spent in Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park Have you been to Utah? If so, please share a memory in the comments! That will make this series even more fun!

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    A Wyoming Story

    Day 22 of our virtual road trip takes us north from Colorado to Wyoming. We have driven across Wyoming many times and spent the night as we passed through several times as well. The main things that are distinctive about Wyoming to me are the wind and the antelope. It seems like it is always windy as we drive across the Wyoming plains……

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    A North Dakota Story

    Day 19 of our virtual road trip takes us west from Minnesota to North Dakota. My first visit to North Dakota was in 2007 on the same road trip I mentioned yesterday. We were traveling with our trailer that year. We had crossed Montana and pulled into a rest area near Theodore Roosevelt National Park after dark the night before. We…

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    A Minnesota Story

    Day 18 of our virtual road trip takes us northeast from Nebraska to Minnesota. The first time I visited Minnesota was on our road trip vacation in 2007. My favorite stop of the day was in Walnut Grove, the setting of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On the Banks of Plum Creek. I think that’s a total of four “Little House” locales I’ve…

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    Selway Falls Day Trip

    Lyle loves to come up with weekend adventures for us, and I’m more than happy to go along for the ride. This past Saturday he picked a route out of his Backcountry Roads Idaho book that would take us down into central Idaho. Laura had the day off so the whole family got to go, and we made arrangements to meet…

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    Retired Geocache

    We discovered Geocaching back in 2001 when our kids were still pretty young. It’s such a fun family activity, especially in our area. Early on–in August 2002–we decided to place a cache of our own near our home in Kellogg, Idaho. After filling a coffee can with an assortment of trade items, we set off up the mountain to place…

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    National Forest Day Trip

    We don’t currently have a trailer, so we haven’t been doing much camping lately. Maybe we’ll be able to get one by next summer. However, the next best thing is a day trip to the mountains. One of our favorite weekend activities, if you hadn’t noticed, is to head out on a Sunday afternoon drive. This past weekend we chose…