The only thing that has marred our stay here has been the smoke from nearby forest fires. We are in the Treasure Valley and it has held smoke from various fires across Idaho for the past couple of months. Some days, the temperature was 10 degrees cooler than forecasted due to the smoke keeping the sun from beating down upon us. We happen to prefer cooler temps, but the smoke was not the best trade-off! On a couple of days we could actually smell smoke, but usually it was just a heavy haze across the valley.
Since my last post we've seen a variety of interesting sites...
We did our own personal walking tour of downtown which included a visit to the state capitol building. Originally started in 1905, the building underwent major restoration for 2.5 years and reopened in 2010. It is full of marble from all over the world. A beautiful building, with a good display of state historical information.
|Interior of the Capitol dome
|Floor of the Capitol dome room
|Capitol of Idaho
We walked a good portion of the North End neighborhood, which boasts some lovely old houses on tree-lined streets.
|A cute house in Boise's North End
We've been told Idaho is full of natural geothermal hot springs. We checked out the one at Pine Flats campground during our Scenic Byway tour. It was a perfect setting for a soak and a picnic on the South fork of the Payette River.
|Soaking in Pine Flats Hot Springs
|South fork of the Payette River at Pine Flats Hot Springs
During this drive we saw little pockets of the leaves turning; fall is here!
We also took a dirt Nordic ski trail and tried out 4-wheel drive on our truck; it worked like a champ!
Early next week we'll head a little South and East, closer to the mountains for a little more nature and a little less big city.