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We saw a lot of wildlife in Grand Teton Park, including several herds of bison that crossed the road whenever they felt like it. Heading back to our campsite one evening, we stopped to watch the herd migrate to the west. All of the sudden, one big bull decided to change course, coming right toward us. As he veered to the right, I hastily put up my window, then snapped a quick photo as he walked past. Man, that guy was HUGE!
From Grand Teton National Park, we headed west to Juniper Campground (click here to read our review), a few miles from the little town of Ririe, Idaho. The quiet campground, adjacent to a reservoir, is a green oasis this time of year, when the surrounding agricultural fields (wheat and potatoes) are dry, brown stubble. We had a large, full hookup site and super speedy internet (Verizon), all for the great price of $16/night. It was easy and relaxing to stay three nights, cleaning up and restocking after 6 days without hookups in Grand Teton National Park.
This morning, we took off for Pocatello, looking forward to our first visit to Costco since we were in Minneapolis. Leaving the campground, driving north on a deserted, two lane road, we came over the crest of a hill and saw… WHAT?? It looked like a traffic jam, more people than we had seen in the past three days!
We slowly rolled up behind the white horse trailer that was blocking our lane, wondering what the heck was going on. Everyone was carrying potatoes! Buckets of potatoes, sacks of potatoes, boxes of potatoes. When the horse trailer pulled away, Odel asked a woman standing in the road what was going on. Her response? “We’ve digging potatoes. Park that big RV and I’ll get you a bag!”
Of course, there was NO place to park Scoopy, so we smiled and declined, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer. In a few quick steps, she was knocking on the door, handing up a bag with at least 20 pounds of fresh Idaho spuds!
Fresh dug, and covered in dirt.
Washed up and ready to cook!
We’ve seen a lot of interesting sights in our travels, and met a lot of friendly people – but this was a first. We gave half a dozen taters to our neighbor here at tonight’s campground, who told us it is an Idaho tradition that locals go out to glean the potato fields after the mechanical harvest is complete – free spuds for all. We’ll be sharing them for days. Thanks, Idaho!