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Circumnavigating Idaho


We’ll be circumnavigating Idaho in the next week.

All of which requires explanation.

The travelers will be Chris Carlson, author of the new book Medimont Reflections, and Randy Stapilus, publisher of that book and co-author (with Martin Peterson) of the book Idaho 100. We’ll be traveling around Idaho, stopping and speaking here and there, with copies the book available (provided those last longer than the trip does).

“Circumnavigation” here is more or less a term of art, since you can’t recall travel in anything resembling a circle if you’re travelling “around” Idaho – there’s almost no way to avoid retracing your path when it comes to the long, high Panhandle in the north. The best you can do, which is what we will, is department Idaho north of Salmon, run up through western Montana, then rejoin Idaho on the east side of the Silver Valley.

We’ll start with an event Friday noon at the Paper House store in St. Maries, which is near Carlson’s home turf at Medimont (some miles to the north). From there we go to Coeur d’Alene, to the Hastings store there.

The next day, we head south to Moscow and Lewiston for events there. Sunday, it’s a run down U.S. 95, stopping for a gathering at White Bird, to Boise. We have some activities planned in Boise on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday evening, we head to the Wood River Valley for a talk at Ketchum.

Wednesday, we’re at Twin Falls, speaking to the Rotary Club there. Thursday, we’re at Pocatello, doing the same along with a panel discussion (actually, this one’s Wednesday night) that we’re told is scheduled to include House Speaker Scott Bedke. Later, we head north to Salmon.

From there, it’s back to the Panhandle, and the circle is tied.

So goes the plan. More details, and we expect quite a few reports from the road, in the days ahead.

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