Idaho- Boise, friends and hot springs in the forest!

We rolled into the driveway of some old friends in Boise, Idaho and had a hard time peeling ourselves away.  IMG_5456  In case you hadn’t noticed, Boise has grown up into a pretty nice place in recent years!  There is a nice set of infrastructure (minus reliable public transit) and some great colleges around.  There are a wide variety of business and industry employers (we attended an open house and learned a TON about the world of 3D printing-

This thing is as small as a quarter, yet look at the detail of fins, threads and balance.  All from a 3D printer

This thing is as small as a quarter, yet look at the detail of fins, threads and balance. All from a 3D printer

Check out the colors and materials of this beauty. Also from the 3D printer, made with rolling ball bearings inside a race! Amazing.

Check out the colors and materials of this beauty. Also from the 3D printer, made with rolling ball bearings inside a race! Amazing.

and above all, an excellent green space right through downtown!  And this whole package is surrounded by hills and valleys for recreation!  GetAttachment-2.aspxGetAttachment-3.aspxGetAttachment.aspxGetAttachment-1.aspx copy Mike even got a chance to go mountain bike riding and rekindle his love of a few hours in the saddle!   We attended a very moving and informative 24 hour “think-tank” event that featured only high school students sharing ideas about improving education (check out more at Teenage think tank ).  We also saw a beautiful garden/park area in downtown Boise that is dedicated to Anne Frank Silence  IMG_6462  Very classy, Boise.

One highlight of the visit was an relaxing night at the mini-farm of a childhood friend in nearby Eagle.  We petted horses IMG_5451   “awed” at an old goat, listened to some fine guitar plucking 12143253_10153667816238735_7287009936724668781_n and shared good food.  11209497_10153667812773735_5046731244949575642_n  It was a great time evening and fun way to bring together older and newer friends who happen to be in the same community.  I hope they can make connections after we are gone.

Mike was on the healing side of a cold, and Geneva came down with it in Boise.  So to help us both breathe more clearly and avoid sharing too much more of our snot and slobber with friends, we decided to head for the woods.  IMG_5470  We found a great forest area near a lake along the Boise River. IMG_5501 and nearby was a big flat clearing under some trees, which was perfect for setting up for a few days. IMG_5463    IMG_5461 IMG_5457 and just up the road a bit was a series of hot springs soaking pools, right on the shores of the river.  IMG_5484 IMG_5476 IMG_5489IMG_5488  But even this fun had to come to an end.  We took a look at the engine, checked the fluids and cleaned up the van.  IMG_5474 Then we packed up and headed down the highway.  Our route took us right past a familiar town name (I grew up near Jerome, Arizona) so we snapped a photo……. IMG_5504   The highways are leading us closer to home base, friends and family and more changes in our plans…… keep watching for more to come!

One response to “Idaho- Boise, friends and hot springs in the forest!

  1. I had no idea Idaho was so beautiful! I can definitely see the allure of setting up camp in the woods like that – my friend Kim does it too! I’m so glad you guys are visiting with me now!

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