Sunday, July 24, 2016

Idaho Vacation Day 3

Day 3 in Idaho - July 1st.  Still in the Boise area, and today is my birthday!  41 years old and celebrating in Boise Idaho.  Who would have thought.

Today we took a little road trip to Kirkham Hot Springs.  This ended up probably being one of my favorite parts of the trip.  I had read about the hot springs, and there are a lot of pools around that use hotspring water.  But I wanted to soak in a natural hot spring.  The morning was cool, so a perfect way to spend that cool morning was in nice, warm water.

The drive to the hot springs was pretty fantastic.  Really beautiful - curvy, winding roads that took us passed so many different types of terrain.  We enjoyed the whole drive.

We made the right choice to go early - the place was deserted.  We were the only ones there when we arrived.  We did a little hiking to see different areas of the hot springs, and then slid into the warm, clear blue water to relax.

I never wanted to leave, but after about 1/2 hour of soaking, we were joined by a rowdy group of young adults, so we gathered up and headed back to Boise.

 Look at the heat coming off the water

 Mat and Arlington walked down to the hot springs first
 Pretending it was really hot.

 Look how clear that water is:

Since we were already in our bathing suits, our next adventure was to take a raft ride down the Boise River.  The lady who owns the house we were staying in suggested this, and it didn't disappoint.  5 Miles Mat and I paddled down the clear, smooth waters of the river.  We had a great time - a 6 of us in the same raft.  The water was freezing, but just beautiful.  We could see all the way to the bottom of the river - how many rivers can you say that about?

 Proof that my 41 year old birthday self did row the raft

After a few hours on the river, we went back and got dressed and headed to the Old State Penitentiary.  It was closed the day before because of the fires, but we did want to see it.  IT is one of only a few jails in the entire country (deserted ones of course) that can be toured by the public.  It was quite the site.  The kids had a great time there exploring the cells and the hanging chamber......

 The hanging chamber

 Behind the jail was a mountain with a cross on it.  You can see the burned areas from the fire the day before.  (which was set by a rogue firework)

The kids decided that jail was the last place they wanted to be, so we went to dinner.  Tonight we tried the Boise Fry Company.  We loved this place - 12 different types of fries to chose from, all kinds of sauces to dip them in.  Aunt Betty and I shared a Bison burger to round it off nicely.  Yum.

Day 3 was a ton of fun.  IT was our last one in Boise, and we made the best of it.

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