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Should you Pause at One of These Funky Stops?

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You’ve seen the signs, you’ve wondered. For those of you who have hesitated to act on that curious streak, let the information here provide you a much encouraged streak, let the information here provide you a much encouraged boost. Whether you have a day, or an hour, if these places are in your rear-view mirror, you might just consider hanging a u-turn.


You never want to miss the opportunity to stop at a place where the motto is “We got gifts galore from ceiling to floor!”

No desert attraction is complete without a trading post where you can stock up on Kachina dolls, Indian beaded moccasins, polished rocks, postcards of areas in Idaho beyond where you are standing, sodas, snacks, beer and good old-fashioned bull sessions. But the Bear Claw Trading Post across the highway from Shoshone Ice Caves is all that and so much more carrying items from points around the globe.

You can find an assortment of collectibles from China, Japan, Brazil, pottery from Mexico, Indonesian wood carvings, Southwestern décor, jewelry, Balinese crystals and beads and even swords. And, says owner Scott Ward, who has been sole proprietor with his wife Nina for the last dozen years, there’s something for every budget with prices ranging from 4 cents to $2,900.  >>>


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