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UBob: Things To Do In North Idaho This Summer

Bearable Bob picks up on columnist Doug Clark's theme Sunday re: things to do in the Inland NW if you're not rich:

"I've heard the Acres O' Trailers tours through the trailerparks of Kootenai and Bonner counties are pretty cool...

"One of the parks, I can't remember which one, has a Tinfoil Museum set up in a yard shed. I think it's called "Tinfoil Over the Years" and represents the evolution of tinfoil products and applications for radio, cellphone, microwave disruption and blocking.

"If you're lucky on the tour you may catch one of the trailerparkians willing to teach a quick do it yourself workshop on jumping electricity from powerlines to a homemade box.

"If that doesn't spark your interest then it's on to Spirit Lake where everyone gets to don decontamination suits and join Kootenai Co. Sheriff's deputies on a Clandestine Meth Lab Breakdown and Barbecue.

"Some of the Spirit Lake area parks also have interesting displays of Harley Davidson engine and frame part yard ornaments. These are always worth a gander!

"I kind of like the less fussy and more organic let nature reclaim the classic cars and pickups of the 1980s auto-landscaping motifs seen on all points of the trailer tour.

"There's so much more - for the scholarly there are always the field-generated experiments in dog breeding and hybridization of the rottweiler and pit bull types.

"The Foster Family Olympics (don't miss the 400meter Convenience Store Sprint) usually runs sometimes in June.

"I could go on. Rami Amaro billboards, barbed wire gated neighborhoods, squirrels on the grill, 78-87 Subaru Brat collections, felons possessing handguns...

"Tour slogan: 'North Idaho -- It's not just for rich people who live in houses and stuff.'"

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.