Look Harder

Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing boring out there. There are no dull stretches of highway. Every small town holds something amazing. If you look around and think, “There’s nothing here,” look again. Look harder — because you’re missing something.

Staying near Boise, Idaho, this past September, we sometimes drove a country road that took us past a farm with alpacas.

Or this crop that caught our eye (and nose):

Yep! Onions. This might be the potato state, but we sure saw a lot of onions.

And we relished our trip into the tiny town of Notus to collect our mail. When I asked an older woman how to pronounce the name of the town she looked at me as if I was out of my mind: “noh-tus” seemed obvious to her, but I was really hoping she was going to say “NOT-us,” as in, “It was not us who spoiled your day.” Even so, it goes down as one of my favorite town names.

The library and post office are separated by the community center, all in the same small storefront strip.

And although some things are hard to miss, like this sculpture at the entrance to the visitor center for the Deer Flat National Wildlife Center near Boise (a sculpture with a message: it’s made from trash found in the refuge :()…

…this Western Grebe might have sailed right past us if we hadn’t been watching for it:

On an off-road excursion south of Boise we made our way to the top of a bluff, where the view was outstanding 😉

And the bees were busy, busy, busy:

Of course the oddball sign always catches our attention, which is probably why these business owners use them, like Andy’s CRAP (Can’t Resist Andy’s Prices)…

…and the Best Happy Hour in Town at his massage office:

Then there was this, which really doesn’t need further comment:

You never know what you’ll see when you look harder at the things around you in the places you’ve been!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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3 Responses to Look Harder

  1. Karen & Ron says:

    We really enjoy the drive along Hwy 30 in Idaho. One of the most scenic drives with all the waterfalls.

    • Ellen says:

      Idaho is generally known for its potatoes… maybe the locals just don’t want people to think of awesome, out-of-the-way places when they think of Idaho or those places won’t be out of the way anymore. We completely agree about the scenic drives in that state!

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