Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Andrew Garcia40
5 Reasons I Hate Idaho
Recently our site got a lot of flack on the 5 Best Burgers in the United States, because I mentioned that I’m not the biggest fan of Idaho. For Idaho lovers you can go ahead and skip to our article called ‘5 Reasons I Love Idaho’. For those curious about my disdain for Idaho due to my first hand experience there through business related travel, let me tell you a couple of reasons why Idaho really sucks.
1. A Distinct Lack of Diversity
When I called Idaho a cultural desert, I was not kidding. Idaho ranks the 46th lowest when it comes to diversity in all 50 states. The lack of diversity can cause a couple of problems for visitors, especially if you happen not to be white like the other 89.1% of people in the state.
One problem is that there are just less interesting cultural aspects to explore on a vacation. Communities of all different stripes are part of what makes visiting a place fun for many travelers. This is just simply a facet of tourism that Idaho can’t offer, and if you are searching for any cuisine beyond burgers and potatoes, good luck. There are some exceptions to the lack of diversity, for example, the largest population of Basque outside of Basque live in Idaho. Also, there is a large Mormon population if you want to explore that dynamic of neo-Puritanism in America.
The other problem is that you can run into bigotry. Racism is a huge problem in rural America, and if Idaho is one thing it is definitely sparsely populated. Not every person you run into is going to be a racist in Idaho, but don’t be too surprised if you experience racism in some form. Even those who are friendly may drop “so where are you from” line, and when you say Maryland, they will not be satisfied. In most cases they’ll just be too scared to talk to you, and pray to the Lord you don’t mug them.
2. Lack of Food Options
Only around 200,000 people live in the biggest city in Idaho. There is strength in numbers when it comes to having a food scene, and Idaho is just lacking the amount of people needed to create a variety of dining options. As mentioned above they are also lacking the cultural diversity to offer good options in most cuisines.
If you’ve ever eaten at a rural Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Columbian restaurant, you know that what is offered ranges from acceptable to awful. When there is a lack of competition in the certain cuisines it doesn’t foster restaurants to perform better. Also, it is a lot harder to get certain ingredients in areas where there isn’t high demand for them. Often restaurants in these areas will skip on the specialized ingredient, and there inexperienced customers usually won’t be able to tell the difference anyways.
3. I Don’t Want to Get Eaten
Listen, Idaho has absolutely beautiful parks that’ll knock your socks off, and it definitely makes me proud to live in a country that holds so much beauty. There is one big drawback to the outdoor life in Idaho, there is a chance you might get eaten. One of my few goals in life is to not get eaten, maimed or trampled, so this little tidbit of information scared me while exploring the parks.
Due to the large expanse of unpopulated land in Idaho, there is also is a large population of large animals. Most of the times these animals will stay away from you, but deadly encounters with things like bears and moose are not unheard of in the back country. Just make sure to stay on well-travelled areas unless you are accompanied by an experienced guide.
4. Not a Good Track Record on Womens Rights
I don’t limit everywhere I travel due to the poor decisions politicians make, but when your politicians are radically conservative as Idaho it is hard to ignore. There are many other states that support equal rights for everyone, and I feel more inclined to visit those states. Idaho severely limits the rights of its women, and as a gentleman I cannot abide by such behavior. It seems terribly ironic for a state of self-proclaimed libertarians to believe in government interference in a women’s choice. I’ll put up the things these senators voted on to let you decide, courtesy of ontheissues.org.
How Senator Crapo (no I didn’t make up that last name) voted
- Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion
- Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions
- Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy through education and contraceptives
- Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions.
How Senator Risch voted
- Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies.
- Prohibit federal funding for abortion.
- No family planning assistance that includes abortion.
- Voted No Against Violence Against Women Act (Twice)
5. Not Even a Gem
A lot of people groan and moan about the NFL team the Redskin’s name, but not many know about the offensive origin of Idaho’s name. A lobbyist in 1860 completely made up the name ‘Idaho’, because he later would admit thought it “sounded good”. At the time he told Congress it was a Native American word that meant “Gem of the Mountains”. Despite having full knowledge of this story the state has done nothing to try to change it or even change the “Gem of the Mountains’ state motto.
A Native American affectation of supporting the culture of Native Americans out West, you wouldn’t say? If you want get doubly offended go visit the Native American reservations in Idaho, and then you can be equally disgusted with the United States as a whole for past continental genocide followed up by completely ignoring that history ever happened.