Calling in a favor, I borrowed a friends Passat TDI for the trip. As you can tell from the pictures I took the scenic (and overly slow) route.
It was a nice car and the 42mpg didn't hurt, but sweet and crunchy crackers the keyless system was FANTASTIC! I usually am not an avid new car proponent, but if it means I get one of those keyless systems I may have to convert.
Idaho was great apart from the lack of sunlight and the pervading dampness. It was in the mid 30's to low 40's during the day and I was freezing. The food (and potatoes) did not disappoint though. For the trip home I used leftovers to make thanksgiving hoagies. They turned out pretty good, but after 900 miles and my fourth hoagy I was a little tired of them. Of course no trip to Idaho would be complete without a trip to my favorite bookstore.