Our latest adventure was definitely something new for us. We decided to go on a road trip (not the new part) but decided apart from our first two nights of lodging, we wouldn’t really plan anything. I don’t mean we wouldn’t pre-plan what we were going to do during the day but that we wouldn’t pre-plan where we were going. We knew the trip would involve Idaho, Utah and some camping, but that’s it. This is big for us (read me). While I don’t plan each day down to the minute, I do like to know where we’re going to be each day and have a handy list of this we should see – a quasi plan.
Our only real decision was that our first destination would be Boise. I had been to Boise once when I was 8 years old when Dadtractor was doing some work for Seafirst Bank (now Bank of America). I remember Boise being the kind of place I wouldn’t be visiting again. I remember that there was nothing to do there and distinctly feeling people’s looks. It wasn’t as diverse as it is now. Again, these are all things I noted at 8 years old. Micah felt the same way. Our change of hearts was brought on by Sunset magazine. They kept publishing stories about how great Boise was, so we decided to give the city another chance. How often is Sunset wrong?
We started at the old Boise train station which provided some welcome air conditioning on a hot day. It was a lovely old mission style building and reminded us of Santa Barbara.
From outside of the Train Depot you have a view of downtown Boise. We were surprised at how flat Boise is. Seattle is so hilly and vertical that we forget not all cities are that way. We spent most of our day walk along the river in Boise and wandering through downtown when the temperature was bearable. Before we retired for our afternoon nap, we decided to have lunch at the Boise Fry Company.
The Boise Fry Company serves local and sustainable burgers and fancy fries. I say fancy because you can pick which type of potato you’d like your fries to be made out of. This is Idaho after all. You could chose from Russet, Gold, White, Sweet Potato, Yams, Purple and Okinawa. You can also select your cut of fries. Micah had shoe string russet fries with a locally raised bison burger and I had a regular burger with these…
I went with regular cut fries made from purple Peruvian potatoes. So awesome! They also have about 10 dipping sauces to chose from but we found that the only one we really liked was the Chipotle Fry sauce. We were full and happy afterwards.
After a hot evening exploring the Basque area of town (yes, they have one) we retired to our rooms where we planned where we were headed next. We decided to head for a state park just outside of Salt Lake City for some camping and hiking.
On the way down we crossed the Snake River (above) and headed towards Shoshone Falls. Our plan was to have lunch and maybe go on a mini hike there.
Shoshone Falls falls was lovely. It actually higher than Niagara Falls though not as full the day we were there. The falls were located in a weird place. You drive for miles through neighborhoods and farmland and then there it is. Nothing fancy to build up the falls, just small random signs. There are times on the drive that you wonder if you are going in the right direction. Then you get there and it’s amazing.
We even got a nice rainbow to welcome us.
We went back to the falls lookout after lunch and as you can tell by the picture, we were hot, red and willing to skip the hike since it was over 100 degrees. I’d say it was the right choice.
With the air conditioning blasting and a semblance of a plan hatched, we headed for Utah. we definitely like Idaho, particularly Boise, the second time around and are glad we gave it another chance.