Boise

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September 14, 2017

Martha and I spent two days exploring a bit of Boise. We walked and biked the great riverside trail along the Boise River. What other city has a river running through it where people fish for trout? We explored  downtown, shopping and had a nice lunch at Wild Root. In the evening we met Ron Lowry for drinks and dinner at the Ram. Ron is a VMI and MCV grad a class ahead of me, and is an avid fly fisherman. We enjoyed hearing his stories about fishing throughout Idaho. We are going to sign up for a trip he has taken every year for 15 years down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, a six-day trip through wilderness. I can’t wait until next July! Boise is a beautiful city with an interstate running through it, about the size of Richmond, Virginia.

We drove out to World Center for Birds of Prey. They were vital in the restoration of the Peregrine Falcon after DDT caused their demise. Now they are working on restoring the California Condor along with other projects. Even Martha enjoyed the great presentation, pictures and displays.

As we were packing up to leave, Justin, the manager at Mountain View RV Resort, came over to say goodbye. Not only is he a biker, but also a fly fisherman who grew up in Riggins and McCall. He gave me some good tips on places to fish as we headed north. He also told us to stop at Tackle Tom’s in Cascade. What a nice young man!

Driving north, Route 55 follows the Payette River, a world-class white water river. We stopped for lunch at a pull-out where there is a white, sandy beach on the river. We went into Tackle Tom’s and met Tom, who has been working there for 38 years. I bought a fishing license and a few flies as he gave us great advice where to go hike as well as fish. He advised us to stop at the Boise National Forest-Cascade Ranger Station just down the street, so we did. I bought a couple of maps as Steve advised us on places to go, and explaining the fire restrictions. Ranger stations are getting to be one of my favorite places to go.

We drove through McCall and out onto a peninsula jutting out into Payette Lake to Ponderosa State Park. Kevin Handford had recommended it. He is another VMI grad as well as an excellent financial advisor, who has a place in McCall. There was no one at the gate. Reading the board, most of the campground was closing next week. We drove through and picked a nice spot, filled out the form, put the money in and put the envelope in the slot. Martha said five days would be good.

  5 comments for “Boise

  1. LeRoy and Sissy Bruton
    September 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Well you are in familiar territory. You do know that the Cavaliers will be in Boise Friday night to play on the famous Blue Field. Boise State University is neat as is all of Boise. That river trail is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen. There used to be a movie house there called the Egyptian Theatre which was really authentic Egyptian, Sphinx’s and all.
    We have done the Middle Fork of the Salmon float through the Frank Church Wilderness. No roads in but horse trails and small landing strips galore. All the operators are first class. They have to be to get a license to run the river. You are in for a treat. Each day a Johns boat packs up all the tents and gear and take it to the next port of call and you are all set up for the next overnight by the time you get there with supper being cooked.
    Most fellow river runners will be there for the white water and scenery. Be sure to tellll the guide you want to be able to fish and they will put you in your own boat, separate from the riff raff. Cut throats is what are there, with an occassional rainbows.
    All the Middle Fork trips originate in /stanley, unless thingshave changed. Stanley is a really need place and frequetly the coldest place in the U.S in the winter. Nice drive into Stanley from the south. Never entered from McCall. You can drive through the Bitter Root Mountainins to Sun Valley , Idaho. Ketchum is the larger town next to sun Valley which I always remember thinking should have been named, “Gotcha”.
    What a trip you are having. We are so envious and enjoying everything vicariously.

  2. September 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Well Good Lordy LeRoy! I thought you had gone on to the promised land, not having heard from you for so long. I have thought of you so much through these travels. You and Sissy have taken some amazing trips, Middle Fork of the Salmon among them. I am really looking forward to that. Meanwhile there are some adventures left on this trip as we head north through Idaho, then make our way to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Any tips you have for Vancouver Island would be welcome. I am so glad you and Sissy are along for the ride. Gives me new inspiration. All the best to both of you!

    • LeRoy and Sissy Bruton
      September 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Bouchard gardens is certainly worth seeing. Both of you nature lovers will love it. There is a fantastic museum on Victoria Island that is a must see. I can’t remember it’s name but it is focused on the early tribes of the North with lots of totem poles and talking figures in the scenes. Very interesting.
      We did not spend much time in Vancouver as it was a little hard for a small town guy to manage, but Victoria island was very neat. Fairies everywhere between these islands. You can catch a ferry back to Seattle or for moe adventure you could go up to Whistler which is a bout a days leisurely drive. Great mountain resort. Skying and biking paradise. Lovely village with top drawer restaurants. of couse, I know you prefer to grill out side so that would not be of interest but it wouldn’t hurt you to have mercy on Martha.
      Sissy is going to assisted living at Morningside to escape demands of living at home. She struggles for breath and energy to get through every day. Quality of life certainly leaves a lot to be desired. Me, I had a recent undiagnosed five day stay in the hospital followed by 8 days in Health South. I got weak and couldn’t stand. Lost my capacities to sort things out for a couple of days but am back to normal, I think, but still not walking. That is enough negative stuff, Gerandson Nolan is quaterbacking the 7th and 8th grade team at St Annes and is doing well . I’m loving watching him play and develop.

  3. September 22, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I am glad you are better LeRoy. Please give my best to Sissy. I know it’s tough. Thanks for the tips about Vancouver Island. We will definitely find the museum you speak of. I know you are having a great time watching Nolan. Maybe we can catch a game together when we get back.

  4. October 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Live the dream!

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