We spent the rest of our time in Boise hiking, biking, playing pickleball and catching up on grocery shopping and laundry. Boise Riverside RV Park turned out to be a really great location.
After a 25 mile bike ride on the Boise River Greenbelt trail, this time east towards downtown and beyond, Jim has decided he is definitely keeping the Spiderflex seat. He didn’t complain about his butt even once.
Like many towns with rivers running through them, Boise has a water park near downtown with man-made rapids for kayaking and surfing.
There also seem to be lakes and ponds everywhere. Not sure what this one is but there were lots of people enjoying the water.
Bogus Basin is the nearest ski area, about 20 miles north of Boise. During the summer it’s popular with mountain bikers, but we decided just to hike. There were too many cyclists around the main ski lodge where many trails start, so we drove a bit farther to Mores Mountain at the Shafer Butte picnic area. We asked a couple people about the trails and ended up doing an out and back since people who tried to do a loop had a bit of trouble finding their way and did not recommend it.
On the way up to Bogus Basin. The trail started at 6,600’ so it was in the mid 70s, a nice break from the 90s in Boise.
On the trail we had good views towards Idaho City where there is a huge wildfire that’s been burning for over a week now, and causing occasional smoke and haze over Boise.
On the way back from the hike we decided to stop and check out the Idaho State Capitol. It’s an impressive building, completed in 1920 and renovated in the early 2000s.
Marble, marble everywhere.
France gave Idaho this replica of Nike of Samothrace as part of a gift after U.S. forces helped liberate France from Nazi occupation at the end of World War II.
Jim taking advantage of the free wifi.
Gold plated George Washington.
We also went to happy hour at Powderhaus Brewing Company, the one we tried at the farmers market and is only a mile form the RV park. We had a great time sitting at the bar talking with the bartender who was also the brewer, the owner, and several locals. And we really liked their Belgian style Tripel.
Despite the heat Boise was a good place to visit. Today we’re making our way to the Sawtooth mountains near Stanley. Hope the smoke isn’t too bad, but it looks like the entire northwest is being affected to some extent due to fires in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Guess it’s that time of year.