The potato harvest is in full swing at Koompin Farms and it’s easy to see why Idaho is the number one potato state in the country, producing nearly a third of all potatoes grown in the U.S. Sheep and cattle ranching also have deep roots in the state. Diane & John Peavey organized the annual Trailing of the Sheep festival in Hailey & a sheep parade down main street in Ketchum. The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve and the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River attract anglers from all over the world. The special romance of drifting an Idaho trout stream helped launch Hyde Driftboats in Idaho Falls where the best selling driftboat in the world is manufactured. Power from nuclear energy was born near Arco, where the Idaho National Laboratory tells the story of these nuclear pioneers. At Craters of the Moon National Monument, the “weird” geology and extreme temperatures offer a chance to witness the adaptability of plants and animals. The Teton Flood Museum shows the results of a catastrophic failure of the Teton Dam in 1976. The Hells Canyon Mail Boat is a weekly treat for residents living along a remote stretch of the Snake River and also brings passengers upriver to overnight at Beamer’s Copper Creek Lodge. Sustainable harvest logging is part and parcel to a healthy timber economy which allows a family logging operation like the Larson’s to continue a multi-generation tradition of work in the forests of Idaho. The Cataldo Mission, just off Interstate 90, is an easy opportunity for travelers to learn about the state’s oldest building.
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