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Boise, ID

Sorry to report that I’m NOT keen on Boise.  Take away the mountains, and it seemed like any other run down 200,000 population city with NO character.

Even though the capital and Boise State are here, I just didn’t see any livelihood.  Like probably most cities, once quitting time hits, the downtown area becomes deserted.

I think that a huge part of my disappointment was that I had done some research on Boise.  I kept finding words/sentences such as: distinctive neighborhoods; lively; full of cafes and coffee houses…and I believed this.

I am sure that if I had my bike I would’ve enjoyed Boise a whole lot more.  However, the weather predicted rain and/or snow the entire time, so we decided NOT to bring our bikes.  Of course, neither happened.

There is a greenbelt along both sides of the river, which was nice, and I suspect VERY fun to walk/cycle when the weather is better.  The town did seem like it would be bike friendly, and that I could understand if someone living here wanted to give up their car.

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Boise, ID – The State Capitol

The state capitol has just been renovated and is back open to the public.  And open it is…just walk right in… NO security!

LOTS of white [with gray] marble.  Very lit and bright.  Clean.  NO signs, paintings, murals, photo…anything on its walls.  Very stark, except for a bench here and there.

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Boise State Student Council

If you are running for Student Council at Boise State, be sure to cross your arms in your poster photo!

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Boise, ID – The City of Small Statues

Boise has really small statues.  To me, statues are and should be larger than life.  Notice that the statue of Lincoln is smaller than his pedestal!

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Boise, ID – Largest Sequoia Tree in the State

The largest Sequoia tree in the state of Idaho is “near” St Lukes Hospital.

Hmmm…How many people will we have to ask to find out where it’s located?  We lucked out and the third person knew exactly where it was located!

The trunk doesn’t look that big, until you get right up next to it…then it is.  My estimate is that the circumference of the trunk is 18′.

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Boise, ID – Heritage Inn B&B

We stayed at the B&B, Heritage Inn in the Warm Springs neighborhood of Boise.   The B&B was nicely located to downtown, the University, and the greenbelt river trails.  Very quiet.  I would recommend it.   However, do NOT stay here for the food.  Each morning we had fruit with yogurt on top.  The first morning we had french toast, the second morning we had deep fried french toast.

Our hot water and heat source was geothermal…which means hot springs…which means Smells Like Sulphur!  I was ok with this, Ralph wasn’t keen on the smell.  The cold water comes from a city source on another line.  Ralph says that a cold shower is better than a stinky one!

I have two data sources re geothermal heating and the drinking of water:  Boise and Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Regarding heating, I remember walking around in Reykjavik over Thanksgiving in 2003, it was about 5 degrees below zero, and people in their apartments had their windows open!  Geothermal heat really pours out!  Same in our room.  Outside temp was in the 30’s, yet I didn’t need a blanket.  In the morning it was so warm that I opened up the window, which I noticed wasn’t locked and people before me had already risen up the storm window pane/glass in order to let the hot air out!

Regarding drinking of the water, IF you want TMI – read down to the bottom of this post.

Boise does NOT have a governor’s mansion…wherever the governor decides to live is the official mansion.  In the 40’s, this was the home that Governor Chase Clark chose to live in for his one term, 2 years in office.  Then, Clark’s daughter married Frank Church, and they used this house as their Idaho residence during Senator Church’s tenure of 24 years in the Senate.

Regarding drinking of the water: the sulphur in the water turns your poo yellow!

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Jacks On?

In Boise, their 7-11 type of store is called Jacks On.  Hmmm???  Is Jacks Off somewhere else?  And then I realized that it’s really Jackson’s…and the sign color change between the s and the o threw me off!



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Boise State Football Field

Really IS blue!

I’m new to the NW and didn’t realize until last fall that Boise State’s football field is widely known for its distinctive blue playing surface.  The blue turf was installed in 1986 as the first non-green playing surface in football history.  Each thread/piece of turf is about 1.5” long, and there seems to be small black pellets of some sort at the base/bottom.  Unsure why*.  The turf is spongy when stepped upon.

The goal posts are florescent yellow.

Next to the stadium, we noticed that the players were practicing indoors in this HUGE warehouse like building.  As we approached to look inside, we were told kindly that it was a closed practice and that we needed to leave.  After teasing the two men re how much we looked like scouts, they spoke to us for a bit, BUT physically positioned themselves to block our view of the players.

We noticed right away that the practice turf inside the building is GREEN.  The men said that they found that having blue turf inside was too dark…so now they use green.

We mentioned that there were NO seats in either end zone, thus lots of empty space around the field.  They said that they bring them out during football season.

There is also a running track between the bleachers and the field.  They said that the track will soon be re-located and they will be adding more seats all the way to the field.

* Per Wikipedia: The surface is composed of monofilament polyethylene blend fibers tufted into a polypropylene backing. The infill is composed of a bottom layer of silica sand, a middle layer which is a mixture of sand and cryogenic rubber and a top layer of only rubber. The fibers are meant to replicate blades of grass, while the infill acts as a cushion. This cushion improves safety when compared to earlier artificial surfaces and allows players to plant and pivot as if they were playing on a grass field

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