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Sagebrush and tumbleweeds

En route from Pocatello to Boise, I passed the Garden of Eden – it’s a truck stop in Eden, Idaho, who knew? And then I drove right by the road to Bliss. As the landscape gradually became drier, browner and more dominated by sagebrush near Mountain Home, I recalled a story a relative tells about a young bride whose military husband was going to bring her to Idaho – specifically to Mountain Home, site of the big Air Force base. Knowing nothing about Idaho, the young woman looked for pictures, and found some – showing Coeur d’Alene. Seeing the lake shimmering blue amid the forested mountains, she grew increasingly excited about moving to her new home state. Then, when she got her first view of the stark landscape surrounding Mountain Home, the bride cried.

Little did she know that she was within 100 miles of both the Garden of Eden and the road to Bliss.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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