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Atlanta, Idaho Bicycle Tour (pedal power)

Amy and I along with Jay and Emily took a bicycle tour from Boise, Idaho to Atlanta, Idaho in the summer of 2008.  We followed the Boise River for 2 nights and 3 days.  In Atlanta we stayed in the Honey Moon Cabin.  We were given a tour of the town from Jack and Frank, met the famous historian/artist Keri, and had a garden fresh salad compliments of Greg.  From Atlanta to Boise we once again followed the Boise River.   My Dad camped with us on the way back into town.

Bicycle camping along Arrowrock Reservoir

Arrowrock Reservoir

Emily and Amy

Boise River

Plenty of water from campgrounds and pumping from the Boise River

Community hot spring shower

Boise River

Atlanta, Idaho

Special Thanks to Mr. Ireland and Ms. Chavez for the use of the Honeymoon Cabin

Cozy as a tent along the Boise River

Jay and Emily

Atlanta, Idaho mail contractor who will bring up supplies

Atlanta, Idaho

Atlanta, Idaho

Atlanta, Idaho

Atlanta, Idaho

Frank and Jack local historians and tour guides

Atlanta, Idaho

Dad and his 650 KLR Kawasaki motorcycle

Brandon on his Surly Long Haul Trucker

Special thanks to Frank, Jack, Keri, Greg, Allen, Ms. Chavez.  Photo credits:  Frank, Jack, Emily, Jay, Amy and Brandon

4 nights and 6 days totaling 168 miles of bicycle riding along the Boise River

Huckleberries are so Good (short film)

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From milkshakes to beer, huckleberries add a unique Northwest flavor, but they sure are hard to find.

Walk into almost souvenir shop in Idaho, and you’ll find a row of huckleberry products – huckleberry jam, huckleberry syrup, huckleberry lotion, huckleberry soap. During the summer months, restaurants advertise huckleberry milkshakes, and bags of huckleberries start showing up at local farmers markets for $10 a pound.

Huckleberries are Idaho’s state fruit and a special plant because they cannot be domesticated and they only grow at high elevations. Huckleberries tastes as unique as their growing habits. They are highly sought after because they taste good in a variety of different food products. People who know the location of huckleberry plants usually do not disclose such information, because huckleberries are a hot commodity.

Amy and I like to drink huckleberries in beer and eat huckleberries in vanilla milkshakes. Despite living in Idaho for thirty years, we had never picked huckleberries and wouldn’t know the first place to look for a huckleberry bush. Summer 2006 we set out looking to pick some huckleberries growing in the wild. We didn’t have any luck finding the elusive berry until meeting a friendly man who lives in the small town of Avery, Idaho. It is our love for huckleberries and a chance encounter with Wade Bilbrey that made the film possible.

We met Wade through a couple who invited us to go with them to Avery, Idaho for the weekend. The couple ended up getting into a lover’s quarrel that quickly shortened their weekend vacation to half a night stay. Despite the awkwardness of not knowing if we should cut our own weekend travels short, we decided to stay because Wade, like us, had a fondness for goats and huckleberries.

In the morning, we went on a hike to film mountain goats. Filming mountain goats is a challenge because we were a ridge away from where they usually graze. Plus, mountain goats move, making viewing them through our digital camera tough or next to impossible. We decided it would be easier to film huckleberries because they don’t move unless there’s a breeze, and if so, they won’t move very far. Plus, unlike mountain goats, we can legally eat huckleberries.

Avery, Idaho is surrounded by the St. Joe National Forest and is prime huckleberry habitat. Wade Bilbrey is postmaster in Avery, Idaho and has lived in the area for over twenty years. He believes that there are enough huckleberries for everyone, and he was happy to show us his favorite huckleberry-picking patch as well as his homemade container for picking berries with both hands. He also tells some good goat stories.

Weir Hot Springs (short film)

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A film that captures the beautiful scenery in northeastern Idaho and takes a look at one of the state’s many hot springs.

The film also includes a short diatribe about public nudity and original music by Brandon Follett, now available in ringtones that are sure to put a smile on your face. “I feel so free, sitting naked by the hot springs”