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NYT Finds Middle Of Idaho Nowhere

Here's proof that the New York Times reports on something other than Idaho's Hard Right politics when it comes calling — a travel piece by Rachel Levin:

The “Entering Stanley, Idaho” sign seemed more like a friendly warning than a welcome. “Population 63,” it read, as if to say: Congratulations, you’ve made it to the middle of nowhere. Stanley is the entry point to the Sawtooth Valley, a time warp of a place with four saloons, five mountain ranges and not much else. My husband, Josh, our two children and I had driven three hours from Boise along an empty, winding two-lane scenic byway for a week of summer adventure. Still, as we strolled down deserted, dusty Wall Street looking for a lunch spot, it was hard not to wonder: Where is everyone? More here.

Question: If you described yourself “in the middle of nowhere” within the borders of Idaho, where would you be?

Idaho: Cool Destination At Cool Price

A travel writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is touting Idaho as “one cool destination at a cool price.” Writing for the Georgia paper, Clara Bosonetto mentions Coeur d'Alene in her article:

A 7-hour drive north of Boise is Lake Coeur d’Alene, created by glaciers and today an international resort destination with the town of Coeur d’Alene on its north shore and resorts nestled along 135 miles of shoreline. An ideal region for avid birdwatchers - Lake Coeur d’Alene has the largest nesting population of osprey in the western United States. More here.

Question: How do you describe Coeur d'Alene/North Idaho to people you meet elsewhere?

Bulletin: CdA Resort May Be NW Best

No destination resort in the Pacific Northwest combines comfort and sophistication — including a luxurious spa, fine dining options and recreational amenities — so well as The Coeur d'Alene. Nestled on the north shore of its 25-mile-long namesake lake, the resort was built in 1986 and immediately became the catalyst for the gentrification of the town of Coeur d'Alene (pronounced core-duh-LANE). “Downtown took off with a character of its own,” recalled Bill Reagan, the resort's general manager since it welcomed its first guests. “It's as if the hotel created a center from which Coeur d'Alene could grow.” After a 413-mile, 7½-hour drive northeast from Bend, via the Tri-Cities and Spokane, my traveling companion and I turned off Interstate 90 in the late afternoon and approached the hotel via a circular drive off Sherman Avenue. A team of valets and bellmen was there to greet us, unloading our luggage, parking our car and guiding us through the elegant, contemporary lobby to the long front desk, where we were quickly checked in for a three-night stay/John Gottberg Anderson, Bend Bulletin. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo: Coeur d'Alene Resort floating green)

Question: Can you think of a better Northwest resort than the Coeur d'Alene Resort?

Vandal In Morocco: Packing Light

Three shirts, two pairs of pants, one pair of shoes, a coat, a handful of toiletries, a laptop, a small amount of homework which will probably not get done and a copy of Dante’s Inferno. These are the only possessions I will carry during a 10-day, five-country excursion around Europe. All of it fit into my average-sized backpack with little room to spare for souvenirs. It is fall break in Morocco and the aim of the trip is an opportunity to explore Europe. The plane tickets from Morocco to Madrid were only $12. The cost of traveling from Moscow to Spokane by bus is nearly double that. Traveling around Europe and North Africa may be cheaper than in the states but sacrifices must be made to ensure things go smoothly/Cheyenne Hollis, UIdaho Argonaut. More here.

Question: How much luggage do you take when traveling to another country?

Men and their toys

An eBay teddy bear sporting a 10th anniversary shirt

According to this ABC news story 1-in-4 grown men travel with a stuffed animal.That’s right, teddy bears, stuffed dogs and other plush animals are neslted alongside shaving cream and razors in many traveling businessmen’s luggage.

Really? Really? C’mon guys. Fess up. Do you travel with your teddy? How about you ladies? Can you sleep without Mr. Fluffernutter or Bear Bear?

H/t LizA

Not Asking For Directions Costs $$$

On Labor Day weekend, 91 percent of travelers will reach their destination by car. Some of those drivers will inevitably get lost and a new study suggests lost drive time costs men $3,000 or more in gas over their lifetime.”That does not surprise me, a girl will stop and ask for directions. A guy has too much pride,” says Spokane driver Evette Pitchlynn. The newly released study sheds light on male and female driving habits. British insurance company, Seila’s Wheels, claims that one in 10 male drivers refuses to ask a stranger for help. More than a quarter of men polled say they would wait at least half an hour before asking for directions/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you too proud to ask for directions as soon as you realize that you’re lost? Is your spouse?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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