If you are a mountain biking fan, then the Boise foothills in Idaho are the place for you. My husband likes them so much that on Saturday he did an early morning ride and took this picture just after the sun was up….
Then by evening, he was bored and went back to bike another trail. In the summer it stays light until 10:00 pm here…which I love, love, love! Below is the picture he snapped as the same sun was setting.
I quite liked the morning and evening shots. And I especially loved that I didn’t have to work to get them. I just downloaded them from his phone…and wa-lah! Instant blog post (if you count an hour or so writing this and formatting it just right ‘instant’)
The good thing about the foothills is that they’re minutes from downtown Boise. When you’re done biking or hiking, or dancing like Julie Andrews on the ‘hills that are alive,’ then you can stop and grab some chow on your way home.
My favorite place is Boise Fry Company. It’s a hole in the wall burger joint that has the tastiest burgers ever (the pickled onions are amazing!). But even better is that there are about 8 types of fries on the menu (as well as that many different salts and ketchups to enjoy them with). YUM! We usually split a burger so we can splurge on more fries. My favorite is the Okinawa fries with vanilla salt and blueberry ketchup. The yam fries with marshmallow ginger ketchup is delicious as well. Actually, all the choices are pretty scrumptious (from hot and spicy to sweet and salty, to any other odd flavor you might imagine in between).
And when it gets too hot to bike in the foothills, we bike down the Greenbelt which meanders along the river. There it is shady and cool…and so scenic.
Even though you’re in the heart of the city, the greenbelt is designed so that you feel as if you’re in the mountains with the river beside you. In my book, Eyes of Light, many scenes take place here. Since it goes for miles, there are lots of spots here that lend themselves to different moods in my story. On a rainy day at a secluded section near an industrial area, I wrote the scene where Suvi is attacked and dragged off the path by Mike into the lush growth. That scene takes place in early spring on a colder day; there wouldn’t have been many people out walking to hear her cries for help. To see more pictures of the Boise Greenbelt and other settings from my book, see my Facebook Page.
Most of the scenes that take place in my book relating to the greenbelt are with Suvi and James as they court and get to know one another. They like to walk along the lush paths…just like my husband and I do on our dates.
That’s why I love Boise! There are hundreds of miles of trails between the greenbelt and the foothills for bikers, hikers, doggies…and writers with a few characters in their imagination they want to play around with.
- Boise is a HOOT! (joyinthemoments.com)