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Mr. Potato Head figures have invaded the Boise Foothills trail system; here’s why

A series of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head figures have been left among the Ridge to Rivers trail system in the Boise Foothills. The toys ask users to take photos and post them on Instagram with the hashtags #idahoshredhead and #ridahogold. The potatoes are on Instagram at @idahoshredhead.
A series of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head figures have been left among the Ridge to Rivers trail system in the Boise Foothills. The toys ask users to take photos and post them on Instagram with the hashtags #idahoshredhead and #ridahogold. The potatoes are on Instagram at @idahoshredhead. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

First, a coffee mule.

Now, a series of trail potatoes.

Someone has positioned a series of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head figures — and other variations, including Star Wars Potato Heads — among the Ridge to Rivers trail system in the Boise Foothills.

The toys have their own Instagram account, @idahoshredhead. According to the bio, “Shredheads celebrate the designation of Boise-Eagle as an IMBA Gold Ride Center.”

That’s a reference to the International Mountain Bicycling Association honor announced in fall 2015.

The first post, of a naked gold potato, hit Instagram on May 7. That’s also the day the account began posting photos of Potato Heads to find.

On May 18, the first milk carton photo was posted claiming that a Potato Head had been “spudnapped.”

“Also missing but not pictured: someone’s sense of humor and inner child,” the post said.

People who come across the Potato Heads are asked to post photos on Instagram with the hashtags #idahoshredhead and #ridahogold.

Sightings started to show up May 15.

And apparently it’s OK to take a Potato Head for a ride.

“Feel free to transport me to another local trail location if you like!” one post says. “Hanging out trailside is fun, but rolling around on 2 wheels is what I love most!”

A sampling of Shredhead posts:

 

Nice to see you two on the ridge yesterday! #ridahogold #idahoshredhead

A post shared by Chris Ganter (@ganter1010) on

 

Had to do it. #idahoshredhead #ridahogold #selfiewithaspud

A post shared by Matt Abrew (@mattabrew) on

 

#idahoshredhead #ridahogold

A post shared by Jeffrey Root (@rootman28) on

 

Found my first #idahoshredhead. Never been so relieved to see this big tree after the slog up Connie, and look who was there! #ridahogold

A post shared by Recreation Achieved (@recreation_achieved) on

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