Rules- you must include these pictures:
- a playground/play area
- a local mode of transport
- a typical house/building
- a street nearby
- a school/nursery/ or other educational facility
- a market/supermarket/shopping outlet
A Play Area in Rural Idaho
Our towns and cities have plastic playground equipment, but kids in the rural parts of Idaho have to make their own fun. In the summer, my kids love to ride bikes in the driveway, run their toy trucks in the dirt, and swim in the lake. It's wintertime, now, so their play area looks like this:
The snow mountain was created by our snow blower. Every time my husband uses the machine, the snow mountain gets bigger. At the time of these pictures (Christmas Eve), there was about two feet of snow on the ground.
Town kids play at this playground. This play structure has several adaptations for handicapped children, like 5-point harness swings and a wheelchair accessible slide. In the nicer times of the year, this park can be very crowded.
A Mode of Transportation in Rural Idaho
This is our family car. In Rural Idaho, most families have at least one car. It's also very common for families to own more than one vehicle, with each vehicle serving a different purpose. For example, a farm family may own a car that they use to drive to town, a truck that they use on the farm, an horse trailer, a "good weather" car, a snow plow, etc. The car on the bottom of the picture is my husband's commuting car that he can only use about six months or so every year.
|source: Car Organization|
Public transportation (buses) are available in the towns and cities. In our small town, a free bus runs a circuit every day.
A Typical House in Rural Idaho
It's difficult to say what a normal house looks like in rural Idaho, so I decided to include a picture of our old house (we're in the middle of a move- in the snow). This house is a two bedroom and one bath house with an unfinished basement. It has about 800 sq ft and would sell for about $170,000. The orange fence is a renter's way of trying to keep kids from falling off the deck.
Here's another shot of the house in winter:
The blog post How to Survive a Foster Care Home Inspection has more pictures of the inside of our house (and a funny look at being a foster parent.
A Local Street in Rural Idaho
The day I took this picture, it was very yucky weather. Normally, you can see across the lake to the town and mountains on the other side. This highway runs north and south and connects the USA with Canada. Can you spy the Canadian flag?
Hunting is also a common activity, since Idaho is home to big game animals, like elk, moose, deer, bear, and cougar (mountain lion), and smaller animals, like turkey, pheasant, grouse, and quail.
A School in Rural Idaho
We homeschool, so my children's school looks like this:
|source- How to Survive a Foster Care Home Inspection|
Our learning wall usually looks more like this:
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This is a picture of the local elementary school, which is about 30 minutes drive from my house:
A Shopping Center in Rural Idaho
My favorite place to shop in town is this "country store." The store mostly carries food, in pre-proportioned bulk containers; although they also carry kitchen items, some toys, and handmade gifts. When you walk into the store, the first thing you notice is the smell. It smells like home. They bake bread and other pastries for sale and display them on a large counter. The store also serves soup and sandwiches, and is a common sight to see a group of workers waiting for their lunch. Unfortunately, the store is only open Monday thru Friday, so it's hard for me to get into town to shop there.
If the country store is my favorite place to shop, Walmart is my reality. It's open everyday, all day (and night). It carries all almost anything you don't know that you wanted. Not only food, but also furniture, garden supplies, cleaning stuff, paper products, hardware, electronics, clothing, and baby care items. It's hard to go to that store without spending money (or a lot of money).
Other Pictures from Rural Idaho
My husband and I felt bad that the picture of our neighborhood were so dull so we went into our archives and picked some pictures that showed the beauty of our area.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my neighborhood. I loved putting this post together. Please click on the link at the bottom to check out other neighborhoods around the world.