Where does a writer get her ideas? A road trip is just the ticket …
A few weekends ago, DH and I meandered our way to a fiber festival near Viola, Idaho. Our path followed the general area that Lewis and Clark followed as they crossed the Bitterroot Mountains and tumbled onto the plains and the Clearwater River, home of the Nez Pierce.
We drove up the edge of the reservation, stopping to look at the Heart of the Monster, part of a Nez Pierce coyote story (read the story here) and at the National Park Center. Near the NPS building is an old graveyard. For a while we just stood there, mentally blocking out the highway traffic below to listen to the whispers of those who’d lived here only a brief time before.
Should you ever find yourself meandering through that section of Idaho, we suggest a stop in Deary (population 506 at the last census). There is a stellar bakery and award-winning cheese maker (cheese with altitude). It was just after lunch and the aromas from pizza and other savory dishes was delicious.
The fiber festival was quite wonderful and I began to think about book three in the Rocky Mountain Front series. What if she’s into fiber–spinning, providing lessons, yarn, spinning supplies, and a home for knitters to stop and stay awhile? What if she wants to raise alpacas? Can she make it in a small town in Montana?
If the Pie Safe can make it in Deary, she just might have a chance …
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