Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Chapter 16 - Twin Falls to Boise, Idaho
The scenery on the drive over from Twin Falls to Boise, Idaho,was not entirely as shown in this photograph: treeless, dry, rocky, and boring. Maybe only 50% of the drive was this view. There were sections especially where the interstate highway passed near the Snake River where the farms were green and the nearby towns looked normal with lots of trees and vegetation. Much of the land however, was what we think of when we think of the Wild West and both Kathy and I half expected to see a wagon train out in the distance. We were after all following the Snake River and the Oregon Trail. Today the only structures rising above the ground were the numerous power poles, cell towers, and the occasional wind turbines. In the 1860s the distant mountains and the gradual rise and fall of the land were all that changed the view. It was of course, much prettier in the past without mankind's improvements or shall we say intrusions. Not withstanding the ruggedness of the land, we very much enjoyed our three hour drive over to Idaho's capital city of Boise, population 214,237.
Kathy and I both agreed that we would wait until tomorrow before visiting downtown Boise and some of the area's tourist attractions. We finished the afternoon off after shopping for food and supplies, by just relaxing around our travel trailer. One thing that we learned quickly after spending almost a month traveling across the country is that we need to occasionally relax and not try to be tourists every minute of the day. Our attitude in this regard has paid off as we are still very much enjoying our Oregon Trail voyage.
We headed out towards downtown Boise by 8:30 am very much aware that we might not find anything open at this time of day. The morning temperature however, was still cool and we wanted to get an early start as temperatures in Boise this afternoon were expected to rise to 95 degrees. Kathy and I and especially the old "Fur-ball" Cabo, had no interest whatsoever in touring anywhere when it was really hot. The first place we visited was Idaho's capital building in downtown Boise, and like most states their state government spent an enormous amount of money erecting this monument. That said, the building really was quite beautiful. While we were walking by the capital building we ran into a very nice women who stopped to admire Cabo. She told us that she worked for the State's Treasury and that her job was to help Idaho citizens reclaim money that was being held by the government on their behalf. This was money that people were not aware that they were owed. She said that the amount of money held in escrow by the government was in the millions of dollars. We promised her that we would check with our Florida State government to see if we might be owned anything. Kind of a fun conversation. Our government at work.
Incidentally the drive out to the old penitentiary was through one of Boise's older residential neighborhoods and it was really quite lovely and totally unexpected. The homes were architecturally pleasing and the streets were tree lined and the yards of all of the older homes were green with well maintained lawns and landscaping. We found ourselves saying that it would be wonderful to live here if we were a little younger and had more years left in our lives to move around.
Both Kathy and I very much enjoyed our brief visit to Boise, Idaho. We returned to our travel trailer by early afternoon, Mountain Time, ready to relax and plan out our long drive tomorrow up to Pendleton, Oregon. It is here in Pendleton where Kathy plans on spending as much time as possible visiting the factory store at the Pendleton Woolen Mills. I told her that since I spent $15 on wine this morning, she could spend at least that amount on a Pendleton blanket or whatever. She smiled, and slowly turned away. I guess that meant she agreed.