I spent last weekend in Idaho. It was my first time visiting and I loved it. The trip started off with an excellent conference put on by the librarians of Southeastern Idaho. Many thanks to Jezmynne Dean of the Portneuf District library and her amazingly talented conference committee for both inviting me out there and for making my trip so wonderful! I spent all day Friday hanging out with some of the nicest librarians ever and had a grand time in delivering the keynote for the conference with Maurice Coleman and in attending the conference sessions and chatting with librarians during the day. I actually spent more time chatting and sharing information with Idaho librarians than I did attending the sessions – just more proof that the value in a face-to-face conference can be from your fellow attendees and the networking and socializing opportunities that come with them.
After the conference, Jezmynne took me to Lava Hot Springs to soak away the day in the fabulous hot springs found there, then on Saturday, she dragged me all over the country to see the Soda Springs Geyser and to go camping Saturday night. It was great fun! We came back to McCammon, ID on Sunday and had a lovely dinner with Maurice and his wife, then I came home on Monday.
Without a doubt – Idaho has some of the best scenery around – the mountains all around and the little valleys with cool sights and activities make it one of my favorite places to visit (so far – though London’s a stiff competitor, too…). I really enjoyed the trip and the ability to meet and learn from Idaho’s librarians!! Thank you so much to Jezmynne, her conference committee and the librarians of Southeastern Idaho for a trip that I’ll remember forever!!