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2016-06-28  
Boise River Greenbelt, ID
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I visited Boise for a spell to see what this state has to offer. Things I learned on my trip around Idaho:

1) There's no direct way to get to your destination in Boise because there's construction and closures everywhere and the city was poorly planned.

2) Because the city roads are horrible, it was easier to walk or bike. As a consequence, the people drove less and was in MUCH better shape in Boise than in Phoenix. I also heard that their mass transit system wasn't good either.

3) Many of you high-country, camp firin', meat-eatin', granola types would thrive up here.

4) ATVs are extremely common here.

5) West Idaho looks like Glacier National Park without the bears.

Speaking of bears, it was depressing to see such pristine grizzly bear country without any grizzlies. :(

On day 1, I hiked and stayed in Crouch, a small blue collared town surrounded by wilderness and ranches and rusty tractors. I hiked Station Creek Trail. Twas okay. At a campsite, I saw a bald eagle. but that's about it.

On day 2, my friend and I went to McCall, a more liberal town. It reminded me of a small Flagstaff with a new age twist and no university or drunks asking you for money. We hiked to Granite Lake, saw a few dead garter snakes on the road, some interesting birds, and moose and bear scat/tracks, but that's about it. I tossed my banana peel in the fire pit at the campsite and a deer walked within 10ft of me and ate my banana peel. I didn't know deer ate banana peels.

On day 3, we drove to Stanley and found out that Stanley is one of the coldest places in the lower 48. I hike to Yellow-Belly Lake and some other lakes. I saw a plethora of antelope, a coyote, and other animals not worth mentioning.

On day 4 & 5, we stayed at Ketchum, Sun Valley, and the surrounding area. There was a bike festival. Ketchum is a ski town with a lot of people in their 30s who looked like they listen to classic rock, especially The Grateful Dead. It was okay, but wildlife here was scarce. I was looking for pine martens, but they are pretty much impossible to find.

I spend the last day and a half in Boise. I walked the Boise River Greenbelt, found a gopher snake behind a hospital, saw a plethora of geese and wood ducks, white surgeons and trout, and visited the Ann Frank Memorial. I also went downtown to visit The Spacebar, which is a bar that you can play video games at. They were giving away free pizza (no tip required either), which is common there, but not common anywhere else in the world. I didn't eat it because I'm on a diet. Plus, I know that Idaho isn't known for their pizza. I had a tofu sushi roll instead, which was tasty.

The tap water tasted great! The river looked clean and was clean. People swam in the river. I saw beaver lodges all along the river. The town's people did need a make-over. Beards, hairy side-burns, thrift store grunge-type clothes, and thin body types seem to be the norm.

Overall, the trip was good. I wish that I'd had seen more wildlife. Wildlife seems to be more concentrated in McCall and Stanley. If I'd go back, I'd handle the trip differently and avoid Ketchum and Crouch.
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