Elise Barker teaches English at Idaho State University. She is currently planning the second year of an intensive hands-on Harry Potter summer camp for kids ages eleven to seventeen through ISU’s Continuing Education. If she gets to the end of the day and hasn’t done something Instagram-worth, she rouses herself and creates a memory.
Zen and the Art of Hiking with Kids By Elise Barker Photos by Chris Elston “I won’t carry this even one step farther!” Sam yells down the trail at me, throwing his first big-kid backpack on the ground. He plops … Continue reading →
A Place of Stories and Storytellers By Elise Barker The first time I saw Inkom, in 2007, I was on my way to Pocatello with my husband, Chris Elston, to look for a house. He had just gotten a job … Continue reading →
On the Cusp of Change Story and Photos by Elise Barker From our home on the West Bench in Pocatello, we have a view of Chubbuck. The two cities have always appeared indistinguishable to me (the lights twinkle with the … Continue reading →
So Near, So Far to the Lakes Story and Photos by Elise Barker It’s just a couple miles to the Bench Lakes from here,” a young man who worked at the Redfish Lake dock said as he pointed to a … Continue reading →