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Your Neighbor: The Woman who Blogs About the Best Places to Visit in Idaho

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Monica McCue

TETONA DUNLAP • TIMES-NEWS

Monica McCue

When We Met

When Monica McCue was a teenager she didn’t think Twin Falls was a very exciting place to live.

But when I asked McCue, now 25, about her hometown she said she has no plans of ever leaving.

So why the change of heart?

McCue thinks it has something to do with her husband of two years. He’s originally from Indiana.

“It’s fun to show him around here. He’s convinced he doesn’t want to leave,” she said.

The two often spend their weekends visiting local events, attractions and exploring outdoor venues.

“Idaho always gets a bad rap. There’s tons to do here you just have to find it,” she said.

How You Might Know Her

McCue has turned a hobby of finding fun events to do in Idaho into a free resource for all people.

In January, McCue started a blog www.idahobucketlist.blogspot.com detailing all the best places to visit in Idaho. There is also a Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheIdahoBucketList.

McCue said she came up with the idea because she often hears about Idaho events that she didn’t even know existed. The blog primarily covers Southern Idaho but also includes Boise, Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

“Our goal is to seek out these events in Idaho. ... and let everybody know about them,” McCue said on her blog.

Not only does she tell people when and where something is taking place, but also how much money they should bring and what clothes they should wear.

One of McCue’s favorite events — Trailing of the Sheep — is Oct. 10-13 and features a 1,500 sheep parade down Main Street in Ketchum.

“It is awesome. I definitely recommend that, it’s so much fun,” she said.

When McCue isn’t hiking to her favorite lakes in Hagerman, you can find her at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center where she has worked as an anesthesia technician for six years.

Tuesday she was planning to lead a crafts night after work with other surgical services employees making holiday signs.

McCue said she considers herself quite crafty.

“Martha Stewart has nothing on me besides jail time,” she said.

What’s Next for Her

“I think everyone should have their own Idaho bucket list. There is so much to do here,” McCue said.

So what’s on her list?

McCue said the next item they plan to cross off is a trip out to Balanced Rock west of Castleford.

Tell Tetona Dunlap whom she should meet next for her weekly column: 735-3243 or tdunlap@magicvalley.com.

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