“They Should Call It Idawow”

Have you seen Idaho? That’s the number one question our cross country road trip left me asking people. Idaho isn’t just a little underrated, it’s a massive concealment conspiracy. It has to be! How else, why else, would a state with this much natural beauty be able to fly under the radar.

At first, I thought, okay maybe it’s me. I miss things, it’s entirely possible I missed stories about Idaho. Tourism campaigns showing happy families in a canoe. Couples sipping wine on a mountain top. I missed those right?

Take Sawtooth National Forest for example. I’d heard of “Sawtooth” before, but really knew nothing about it. I’d never seen a picture of Sawtooth, a video clip, nothing.

I was certainly not expecting this!

Sawtooth National Forest
Sawtooth National Forest

Hundreds of snow capped peaks reach for the sky above. Graceful valleys snaked with rivers, flush with salmon below.

Waters of Sawtooth
Waters of Sawtooth

A landscape dense with deep, deep layers of trees.

Sawtooth National Forest
Sawtooth National Forest

A land zig zagged with Cowboy fences that have stood the test of time.

Cowboy Fences
Cowboy Fences

In Sawtooth, even the scars of forest fires are painted over by natures colors.

Scorched Earth Beauty of Sawtooth
Scorched Earth Beauty of Sawtooth

I kept thinking, is it just me? Could I have been this daft? Then I started to notice, the answer was right in front of my face.

No, It wasn’t just me. When park services puts up signs with phrases like “A Place Less Traveled” they know.

Sawtooth Forest Signage
Sawtooth Forest Signage

I believe Idaho knows it’s under the radar and frankly I don’t think they care. Why shout from the rooftop you have one of the most beautiful states in the nation. Wouldn’t you want to keep this nature all to yourself? Fish the salmon runs with no one else around?

I’m convinced Idahoans want us all to think potatoes and nothing else. Buzzfeed does a parody list and no one throws out a WTF in defense. Just Idahoans saying, yes but shhhh!

Now, if only they could bounce all the celebrities and tech moguls out of Sun Valley, they could probably have it just the way they want it. All to themselves.

Don’t believe me yet, check this out.

Don’t even get me started on Craters of the Moon!

Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon

Cross Country Road Trip Tales: Our List of Stops,  Storm Lovers Love IowaBadlands South DakotaCruising Custer State Park, Wyoming Tourists Don’t Come to SeeHow We Afford Life on the Road,  How Many of America’s Top 10 National Parks Have you Seen?

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