Click on image to see a larger photo from "Union Butte"
It was Saturday January 1st, 2011 and I was looking for a good place to walk my overactive Plott Hound dog, off leash. A good place for us would have no cars, no people and no cheatgrass but close to Mountain Home, Idaho. Using Google Earth I thought I found a nice place just to the west of town. It's a large parcel of BLM/State land with a butte I'll call Union Butte. Union Butte is currently being mined by a lava rock company just west of the Northwest By-Pass road.
Cheatgrass Galore But Lot's of Dirt Roads
While this is a nice place to walk the dog, there is an abundance of cheatgrass covering this land. Cheatgrass isn't a real healthy thing for dogs and for our hound type dog who's nose is to the ground a vast majority of the time, it leads to bad things. But it's something I and the dog can learn to live with. This area is crisscrossed with some nice dirt roads that makes walking pretty easy. We started from the "Northwest By-Pass" road and walked around Union Butte. This was a nice 2.5 mile hike in 18F weather but with full sun, it felt much warmer. I'll be going back to this place again.
Link to a map of the Union Butte area: http://goo.gl/maps/G0qn (I got the name of this butte from an old topo map)
Gray Toyota Jackass Driver
While heading south on the Northwest By-Pass Road, I encountered a total jackass driver. This jackass was either drunk or just a typical moron jackass driver who thinks driving like a jackass is cool. In any case, I saw this jackass rapidly approaching me in my rear view mirror. I immediately put on my emergency blinkers and pulled as far to the right as possible on this deserted road. The jackass driver did the jackass race car maneuver...swerving to the left side of the road in typical jackass fashion. However, jackass driver sort of lost control of the car and drove off the edge of the road and swerved back onto the road. Jackass then gunned the engine throwing tons of rock into my car and windshield.
A Suggestion and Karma Bus
My only suggestion to the jackass gray Toyota moron driver is to take a large dose of poison and kill yourself before you kill someone else. You are not the professional driver you think you are but you have achieved the dubious distinction of reaching the "Professional Jackass Driver" level. Congratulation, and remember...the karma bus is always looking for jackasses like you.
I'd like to hear from the folks in Mountain Home. Where do you walk your dog? Do you own a darker gray Toyota and think you should be on the NASCAR circuit? Leave a comment or pass on a link to other folks in the local area.
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