What do you think of when you hear the word Idaho? If you are like me, you think of potatoes, as far back as I can remember when my family and I did the grocery shopping for Thanksgivings and Christmas dinner we always made sure the potatoes were from Idaho.
It stood and still stands for quality potatoes.
So where is Idaho?
Idaho is in the Northwest region of the United States. It shares a small portion of the Canadian border with the province of British Columbia.
Idaho was once solely inhabited by Native American people, some still live there.
Despite the lack of evidence – of the origin of the name, many textbooks state that Idaho is a Shoshoni Indian phrase “ee-da-how”.
These books state that the ee, conveys the idea of “coming down”.
The “dah” is in Shoshoni – Sun or Mountain.
And “how”, curiously enough stands is an ! (yes)…. an exclamation mark.
In Shoshoni ee-da-how (Idaho) means “Behold! the sun coming down the mountain.
There are other tales about the origin of the name of Idaho, chiefly among native american tribes.
This one my favorite, which leads me to think that the word Idaho really is a native american word – written in English.
English is Idaho’s predominant language. Frequently heard languages in Idaho are Spanish and and various Native American languages.
There is no doubt that Idaho is an important agricultural state, producing nearly one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States.
Fertile soil, clear clean water, clean air and the right climate make Idaho a superior place to harvest potatoes.
Idaho has nearly 25,000 farms and ranches spread over 11.8 million acres of land that produces more than 185 different commodities.
Three varieties of wheat are grown in Idaho, the state dark northern spring, hard red wheat, and soft white wheat – that’s the one you used to make the cake with.
Other important industries in Idaho are food processing, lumber, wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, electronics, silver mining, and tourism.
Boise is the proud capital of Idaho and its most populous city.
In Downtown Boise you can find the Idaho State Capitol, the Egyptian Theater, the Boise Art Museum – which has alot of contemporary works and a well designed outdoor sculpture garden – really nice to see.
Downtown Boise also has alot of restaurants, bars, shops and a very active nightlife.
The Boise Zoo is a natural wonder – known for housing over 200 animals – which represent at least 80 species from around the globe.
Boise is a regional hub for jazz music, the theater, and indie music.
The Boise River is a great place for fishing, swimming and rafting.
Idaho is also is home to three facilities of Anheuser-Busch which provide a large part of the malt for breweries across the nation.
The Boise State University campus is home to Albertsons Stadium.
Albertsons Stadium has a total 36,800 seats – the football stadium is best known for its Blue Turf field.
Boise also has a human rights memorial; the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, next to the main library.
Public transportation is pretty reliable in Boise – it includes a series of bus lines.
Some other places of interest in Idaho are:
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve which is a United States National Monument and national preserve in the Snake River Plains of central Idaho.
Shoshone Falls, is a impressive 212 feet high waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho.
Idaho is also a great place for winter recreation with its numerous snowmobile and ski facilities.
The Bogus Basin ski area opened in 1942 and is hosts to multiple winter activities.
These activities include alpine skiing and snowboarding, and cross-country skiing and snow tubing.
The Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is one if not thee most impressive ski resort in northern Idaho.
Well known for its all around panoramic views.
Coeur d’Alene is a must see city in northwest Idaho; known for its water sports on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The Canfield Mountain Natural Area and Coeur d’Alene National Forest; are filled with impressive trails for hikers and lots of surprises for nature lovers.
If you just want to relax then go one morning or afternoon to McEuen Park, which offers a grassy lawn and a trail-head for adjacent Tubbs Hill.
Or see the lakeside City Park & Beach; which are also relaxing places – they have a picnic area and playground.
If you are a thrill seeker then take a zip-line tour in Idaho – most cover 12 miles through the mountains.
Boise Airport is quite attractive featuring some of the U.S.A’s major airlines – like: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
The terminal was recently renovated to accommodate the growing number of passengers flying in and out of Boise.
Before you go I want to share with you a recipe I heard on a interview with one Idaho farmer, he suggested that you take a raw Red Skin Idaho potato peel it – cut it in small pieces and add it to your salad.
Sounds pretty crunchy to me, what you think. You have any Idaho potatoes….. I’m going to try it.
We can safely conclude that Idaho is a great place to visit, There seems to be activity all year around – ski in the winter, fish in the summer, hike in the spring and fall.
Have a safe and enjoyable ride across The United States to Idaho, don’t forget to take lots of pictures and share them with us.