if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is…

Idaho is a very beautiful place. The landscapes on the west are amazing – each state so vast, beautiful and every changing. The western side of most states in the Pacific NW is mountainous and lush while the eastern side seems to be more barren, rolling and dry. As we made our way through Idaho the landscape changed completely. It started off as beautiful farmlands and gradually became golden rolling hills as far as the eye could see, bright blue skies and big billowy white clouds. Neither one of us expected this kind of view.

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As we got further into the journey the land before us began to change again from blonde rolling hills into a mountainous terrain with rock edges that cascaded down into the river that were scattered with shrubby greens. We found ourselves following the Snake River – driving down windy roads – hugging the side of the mountainous woods. We rolled down our windows and watched the sunshine dance across the scenic road. Old growth forests surrounded us and the smell was rich with evergreens. It was beautiful. We stopped by the river for lunch and I filled up my cup with some delicious black berries that I found down by the river – they would accompany our oatmeal nicely on the following morning. I dipped my toe in the river.. a bit brisk as I figured it might be but the water invited me.. it was refreshing and nice.

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From where we sat in Orofino there were sandy white beaches kissing the clear green waters. The evergreens were reaching for the sky. I caught myself saying, “if this isn’t nice… I don’t know what is.” Life was (is) good – before we knew it we would be back east – I just had to be – I was excited today and excited for tomorrow. We sat for a while and recorded our thoughts with our pens and paper before we got back in the car to make our way to Montana for the evening…

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