I’m angry and incredulous! A historic rural highway in Idaho is being threatened by Big Oil just because it doesn’t have any overpasses, it’s extremely rural so has few strong local advocates, and using it could help create a precedent for oil companies having their own industrial corridor for the future.
I’m over being helplessly angry when remote rural areas become a target for exploitation.
Let’s do something – how about Revolution Tourism!
This summer I suggest that everyone looking for a wonderful car trip, plan to spend a week on the Lewis & Clark Highway, Hwy 12, from Lewiston, ID to Missoula, MT. Let’s show people in power in these states and in multinational corporations that rural tourism is not only economically viable, it’s a sustainable force for good for a region and its residents.
Here are some great links to help you plan that trip:
Visit the Idaho State Tourism site for an interactive map of things to do along The Lewis and Clark Highway. You can easily spend a week or more.
I spent a day along this route in the fall of 2009 on a trip that took us to 5 states and two Canadian provinces. We were heading home from Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana.
We chose Highway 12 through Idaho because it was a convenient country highway, not realizing that it would be the only place on that whole incredible trip that would stay on our “must explore further” list!
We pulled off the highway regularly to take in the breathtaking beauty. We regretfully passed by hiking trails, historic landmarks, picturesque camping spots and guide service companies that had already closed for the season. We stopped and talked to locals running private lodging, restaurants and guide services. These people love their area and don’t deserve to have their businesses ruined to make life more convenient for multinational corporations.
Let’s all show up this summer and support rural tourism along the Lewis and Clark Highway, and have ourselves the best vacation ever!
2011 seems to be the year of revolution, with revolutions breaking out all over the Middle East and even in the US in Wisconsin. It may be a good time for a little Rural Tourism Revolution too.
Have fun in Idaho! And, when you return, be sure to email the governor and let him know how many Revolution Tourism Dollars you left in rural Idaho!
Photo on Flickr by Mitch LaClair