Road Trip: Boise

April 18, 2014

It’s time for another addition of my Road Trip series. To add to the collection that includes, Seattle, Boise, McCall, Sandpoint, and Montana – here’s another Boise addition! (I swear someday I will travel further than the Northwest!)

There may not be a whole lotta trees or water like northern Idaho – but there is something very magical about the never-ending rolling hills.

Back in the day, Kyle went to Boise State University. One of his former roommates got married last weekend, so we decided to take advantage of the good weather and road trip down to celebrate and catch up with some friends and family.

We left Thursday night and stayed in McCall. I was so excited because I’ve never actually stayed there before, only stopped for a bite to eat. I wanted to walk around and see the shops and maybe talk with some of the locals about fun things to do – but everything closed at 6. We got into town around 5:45. So needless to say, we didn’t see a whole lot. But we did go to Bistro 45 and sip on some wine while playing Trivial Pursuit from the 80’s (it was quite the history lesson). I talked about our visit to Bistro 45 in this post from our last trip to B-town.

Looking forward do actually going in the shops next time we visit.
Looking forward do actually going in the shops next time we visit.

McCall is such a cute little town. It reminds me a little of Sandpoint but with a slightly less hippy vibe. We ended up eating at a place called the Mill – which reminded me a lot of our Wolf Lodge. I wish I had taken a picture (it was really dark in there) because they had some really amazing old decor from mining sites and the old gambling days. The food was great and everyone who worked there was super friendly. It was a great night.

I was surprised to see that Payette Lake was still frozen over. Crazy! Well it was to us anyway – apparently that’s perfectly normal. Who knew?

Lake Payette

The drive down was beautiful and it was nice to get a little break from the real world. Other than the wedding the only real plan we had was for Kyle to be able to do the bike course for his half Ironman in June. It was kind of a strange course – at lease according to the turn-by-turn instructions on their website. We got a bit turned around in the Micron parking lot (that place seemed like it was as big as Downtown Cd’A – It was a little nuts). But I did get to see Lucky Peak for the first time. A little underwhelming, but I’ve been spoiled by living up here for so long. Kyle has such great memories of the Boise area as a kid. I swear he tells me the same stories (and some new ones) every time we go visit, but it’s always fun to learn more about him and his childhood.



We had a great time and really enjoyed the sunshine – it was 70 or more almost every day. Hope you all had a great weekend, and week! Hope you enjoy a fun and relaxing Easter weekend with your families!


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I'm a north-Idahoan, a WSU grad, local writer, content marketing specialist and photographer with a passion for where I live. I love the outdoors, animals, good food, wine, and time spent with my husband, family and friends.

    1. EEEKK! This is so awesome! I found your blog through the A Beautiful Mess Photography class and I’m a Coug too!! Im so glad and surprised to see another WSU grad :) Go Cougs!
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      1. So glad you found it! I’ve seen your blog too and started following it a while ago. Love it! Didn’t realize you’re a Coug though :) so glad we could connect, please stay in touch! Go Cougs!

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