Here are some things that make Boise an awesome place to live.
1. Amenities of a Capitol city
Let’s get this out of the way… All capitol cities should have similar amenities… There are locally owned businesses, coffee shops, places to get your hair cut, shopping malls, dentists, doctors, nice parks, funky and varied art, as well as other cool esoteric and unique to that location stuff. Okay, we have all that here, too.
Yes, that’s the name of the coffee shop. There are about five of them in Idaho, locally owned. I love the JAVA at JAVA. It’s really the best and most fair priced coffee anywhere in the state. [today I mistakenly purchased a beverage at Starbucks which was FIVE DOLLARS!!! At Java it would have been $3.50].
[There is also “Flying M“. These are the two best coffee places in the city, in my humble opinion].
On one of the ponds around town. On the Boise river. On any other body of water in the area. It’s so cool how many places there are within a stones throw of my house. Seriously.
[Okay, and you can kayak, canoe, and raft, too. And fish, while we are on the topic of rivers and waterways]
4. Bouldering or Climbing
Table Rock. Black Cliffs. Other random outcroppings. There are various places to climb within a short distance of downtown.
5. Mountain Biking
The Foothills trail system is the most diverse. Really cool! Why, I have a friend [actually two] who just leaves his house and rides his bike for like, half a day, all within practical spitting distance of downtown. It’s quite ridiculous that so many trails are available so close to a capitol city.
6. SKIING… skiing, and more skiing!!!!
When we get snow [which is actually a whole ‘nother topic in and of itself] there is skiing right down in the Treasure Valley. About five years ago I could drive 2 minutes to the canal-trail nearby and cross-country ski. Just on the doorstep!
The closest place is Bogus Basin and how cool is it that it is a non-profit? I LOVE that. It’s not fancy, no. But you know what? I’ll take a local non-profit over a fancy resort almost any time. [don’t get me wrong, I really like going to Whistler, too].
We can go tubing, cross-country skiing, and alpine skiing all just about a thirty minute drive from home. That’s so cool!
7. Are you more of a back-country person? Guess what?
You can do that, too. We have a whole trail system of “off the beaten path” skiing. Snowshoeing, Cross-country skiing, and then if you’re really cool you can back country ski, too. Idaho dept of Parks and Recreation also operate a system of Yurts [year round, actually] so you can ski into a yurt and spend a night or a week out under the big night sky and stars!
8. Snowmobiling? Other?
You can snowmobile, dogsled, or figure out any other snow sport in the Sawtooth range as well. It’s awesome. And this is just winter! Imagine in summer! You can do anything!
9. Hot Springs!
Natural wild hot springs? There are plenty. Someone published a whole book about that, too. Not your style? The Springs, Idaho City reopened in February 2013. Luxurious and fun! A great place to bring out of town guests or take a date… Or just go with friends, like I did…
10. Horseback riding!
There are actually many places to ride, but I’ve really been enjoying Dream River Ranch. Willa, the proprietor, is about the most respectful and awesome equestrian I have ever met. She really respects her horses and teaches her guests how to do the same. I also like that she runs the ranch as a non-profit with an outreach program for youth at-risk as well as family communication activities. Besides the obvious awesomeness of giving back to the community via her passion to help others, the horses are amazing, the place is gorgeous, and it really feels calming and centering.
I dare you to name some reasonably-popular thing to do and not be able to do that nearby. Frisbee golf? Yep. Camping? Yep. Quite a bit. 4-Wheeling? Yep. Running? Duh. Of course. Dirty-Dash? Yep, they come to Boise. The Color Run? Yep, they come to Boise, too.
If you like outdoor sports, Boise is your gateway to adventure!
I really love it here and am grateful for a bunch of great friends who are willing to get out there and enjoy it with me.
Speaking of which, it’s time to head out!
See you soon!