While I was up North visiting my brother, we took a short day trip to Murray, Idaho.
Seriously, the cutest old mine town ever! Well...we do have a few gems closer to home but this one is definitely in the running. It even made it's way onto the wishful-maybe-we'll-retire-there-someday list. Right next to Austin or Ely, NV.
We stopped first at the Spragpole Museum-Bar-Cafe for lunch. I had the most amazing huckleberry milkshake ever! I had to fight the milkshake coveting children off with my long ice tea spoon and honey-BBQ chicken wings. I also distracted them by making them count the deer antlers around the bar between bites of huckleberry deliciousness.
After lunch, we toured the attached museum. It was like going home again. The best part was being there with my big brother and being able to say "Dad has a forge just like this in the backyard" and "I think this is the exact some ugly troll made out of moss that is still in the front entryway at home". It was an odd assortment of wood carved animals, old apothecary jars, blacksmith tools, ivory elephants, collector edition miniature cars, and giant wooden saint statues. And it got me thinking. (LIGHT BULB.....in my best despicable me voice) We could just put out a donation jar and let people take self guided tours of Hal's house when he's gone. I kid, I kid.....mostly.
My brother was kind enough to send me home with bags of frozen, wild huckleberry. And we recreated the huckleberry milkshake, many times over, at home, possibly before we got the vacation unpacking done.