On Sunday we hiked Table Rock, a small mountain (3,652 ft) adjacent to downtown, affording expansive views of the entire valley. (San Diegans would consider this the Cowles Mountain of Boise; an excellent, close-by way to get some good exercise.) Smoke from local fires was inundating the valley so the views were not the greatest but we enjoyed the hike and views nonetheless.
|Atop Table Rock with smokey Boise in the background|
|Table Rock Quarry|
|Old Idaho Penitentiary, active 1872 - 1973|
|Hans is such a bad boy!|
I've got a long ways to go before I could be considered anywhere near proficient at disc golf, but with settings like we've experienced lately, and very few people during the week, and free, I am really enjoying this game.
Last Saturday we biked the Greenbelt South from our campground. Today, we decided to bike it North. It was 18 miles of more wonderful Greenbelt trail.
The West path ran between the river and lovely neighborhoods with beautiful gardens backing right up to the path and later a quarry with its reservoirs full of birds, including some swans. The West side dead ended and we backtracked to the start and over to the East side. Here, we rode through pretty neighborhoods and then onto singletrack through dense river foliage, opening here and there to views of the river.
An interesting thing about many of the neighborhoods we've driven or rode through: they incorporate water. Not only does the Boise River run right through the middle of the city, but there are canals and streams all over the city, and many communities are built with the canals as landscape focal points that often open into small ponds or lakes. Manmade, yes, but surprisingly scenic and soothing...especially in such a hot, dry climate.
This afternoon we are having Dish TV installed and doing laundry. Life is grand!