Stanley Lake to Boise
It's Monday morning, August 6th. We're in Boise, ID. If this goes out today we will be up to date and current on the blog! OMG!
After our trip into the woods, we did find a campsite on Stanley Lake the following morning. Our intent was to "rest our wings" and stay for three nights. We were hoping to have found that feeling at Alturis Lake (prior to the backpacking trip), but like I mentioned, our campsite wasn't great and the mosquitos were pretty bad. We only stayed there for two nights. And, although we had a great time, we never found our rhythm.
Stanley Lake was AWESOME and it turned out to be just what we needed! We got an awesome site right on the lake, we set up a great camp, we played, we chilled, we swung in our hammocks, paddlboarded, and just had a good time!
We met a great family from Jackson, WY who we ended up spending a lot of time with. The girls played with their daughter, Suraya, and the three of them would venture back and forth along the beach to the camps. The Ziem Family was wonderful and generous. They introduced us to homemade elk chili and huckleberry milkshakes. They took us to Bonneville Hot Springs and introduced us to some of their great friends. I'm not sure what we gave them in return, but hopefully something!! Thanks Katie, Johnny and Suraya, Lauren, Hub, and Ed for a wonderful time at Stanley Lake!
When we were leaving Stanley Lake we connected with another great group of campers from Boise. They gave us some great info about the city and were kind enough to take our girls out for a spin on their motorboat. Many thanks to all of you as well.
John and I had been going back and forth about the idea of heading south to Boise, but in the end we decided we should do it! We rented a VRBO in Boise and have been here for four nights. What a great change for us! I'm not sure who was more excited about sitting on a COUCH! Although our house isn't big, it's grand in size compared to the camper and we've had the luxury of A/C!! Whoop Whoop!! We have loved getting our city "fix". We've biked in and around Boise for a few days now. What an awesome (and bike friendly) city! So many trees, so many bike paths and awesome things to see and do. We have left so many stones unturned, but we have enjoyed shopping, looking at artwork, eating at great restaurants, looking up at high-rise buildings, checking out the awesome farmers market in downtown Boise, and stumbling across the Goat Head Fest.
Yesterday we met up with a friend from Durango who has been living in Boise for the last eight years. Our friend Lauren and her two sons, Drew and Blake, suggested we meet them in an area called Hyde Park. What a neat neighborhood of Boise! We ate lunch together and then the kids ran around at Camel Back Park while the adults caught up. The last time all the kids hung out together was when Ellie and Drew were about 2yrs and Blake and Isla were 9 months old! It was fun to reintroduce everyone and watch them go from shy strangers to friends that didn't want to say goodbye! Thanks Lauren and the Davison crew form meeting up with us! We loved it!
Ahhhhh...to be caught up! It feels good!
Thanks for following our adventures! And, thanks for the comments! It's been fun to hear from you and know who's reading these shaw-nanigans!!!! Until the next time!!!