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A trip to Meridian, Idaho reveals a very different kind of dessert

John R. Beyer

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My beautiful wife Laureen and I decided to travel to Idaho recently. To the town of Meridian, to be more precise, to meet our brand new grandson. We also wanted to spend quality time with our daughter and son-in-law, but really it was really to see our grandson.

We have already met our daughter and our son-in-law.

“I’m so excited to meet Eli for the first time,” Laureen said.

I nodded. I was too and had decided to drive to Meridian instead of flying to spend some time along the road to see what we could see.

We love travel.

At the time, mid-grade gasoline hovered around $200 a gallon. So a few days before the trip, I cashed in life insurance policies so we could pay for the fuel for the trip.

“You know,” Laureen said, “hotels are going to be expensive too.”

“Hotels? Yes,” I replied, discreetly tossing the two blankets into the closet.

The city of Meridian is just west of Boise and is Idaho’s second largest city. Meridian is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

This could be due to the business-friendly atmosphere, huge lush green spaces, pet-friendly parks, friendly parks, the long Greenbelt Boardwalk along the Boise River, and much more.

Tree lined streets in Meridian

I’ve thought a lot about this and I think people are flocking to this town in Ada County for a compelling reason.

For this reason: Meridian is home to the largest Albertsons supermarket in the world.

Enough said, besides meeting the new grandson – I was going shopping.

Meridian was established in 1891 at a location known as Onweiler Farm, just north of the present city site. In 1893 an IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) was organized and named their lodge Meridian after realizing its location was on the Boise Meridian.

In 1903, the founding community of Meridian was incorporated.

To be honest, I don’t know much about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows but I found it strange that an organization came up with this name.

“Let’s invent something unique,” someone might have suggested.

“How about the Independent Order of Cool Guys?” another may have answered.

“Guys, this seems rather strange,” was the reply.

“OK, let’s go with that.”

Meridian City is meant to be semi-arid, much like the desert. The Cascade and Blue Mountain Ranges in Oregon and Washington State block most of the moisture from the Pacific Ocean, so it doesn’t rain as much as in those areas. The Rocky Mountains to the east also stop much of the major winter storms that plague the country east of the tall, long mountain range, allowing Meridian a fairly mild winter.

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