Idaho Bucket List works to share local gems, support small business

Posted at 7:59 AM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 09:59:33-04

From the crystal clear waters of Blue Heart Springs to the smooth rocks of Black Magic Canyon, it's no secret that Idaho has lots of local gems to explore--and Monica McCue is on a mission to explore them all.

Monica, or Mo to her friends, loves the Gem State. When her now-husband moved here, she was eager to show off all her home state had to offer.

"Idaho is in my blood! It's just such a great place to be and it's so underrated," McCue said. "It was just a lot of fun exploring and after repeating the stories to my coworkers, I thought 'I should just write this down!'"

That's why she started documenting their adventures. Eventually, it turned into the Idaho Bucket List: an online resource for those who want to explore Idaho.

"There are so many things that are right in our backyard, that I never knew existed. I was just blown away," McCue said.

By day, McCue works as an anesthesia tech at the local hospital, but in her free time, Mo and her little family (including one-year-old "potato princess" Bailey) are some of Idaho's biggest adventurers.

"I'm stoked to have her along with our explorations this year. We can't wait to take her kayaking--she's our little potato princess," McCue laughed.

McCue has been running the Idaho Bucket List for several years, but she says she never fails to find something new to explore--especially in Twin Falls.

"A lot of people tell me they've been to Twin and there's not much to here and I say 'Well then you didn't look around,'" McCue said.

Idaho Bucket List is also rooted in supporting local businesses.

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McCue says it's a big part of the reason she started the resource in the first place.

"I love to promote locally-owned businesses! That's what our community thrives on, so I love to promote those and Idaho-owned," McCue explained.

McCue has her own little shop where she sells Idaho-themed merch as well. You can check it out here.