Boise Overlanding Day Trip  

Our new activity of choice has become overlanding ever since we welcomed a 4Runner into our family. We have attempted multiple ‘drives’ since there are so many beautiful locations near us, but going for an overlanding adventure with a toddler can be tricky. You never know when the littles will decide they have had enough, and it seems like our toddler can go from squealing of delightment to throwing a tantrum of “get me out of here” in about 2 seconds flat. We have learned to limit our driving stints and schedule plenty of stops to stretch and play on longer treks. I realize the overlanding philosophy may seem like it should take days, weeks, and for some, years. I disagree, though. The idea is to enjoy the journey; and each person’s journey will be a little different.

Our journeys tend to be on the day trip scale and we found the perfect route for families with kids (or adults with a short attention span!) It was a two hour loop right outside of downtown Boise, yet was a great trail with a few options for extreme overlanding (although any 4wheel vehicle could maneuver the course). As we climbed out of the city, the views of downtown were incredible- and after about 45 minutes of nothing covering the hills but sagebrush, we were able to cool off in the shade of the pine trees.

We started right downtown on 8th Street- the street actually turns into Sunset Peak Road, where you will see people hiking, biking, and ATVing in the Hulls Gulch/Camels Back Reserve.  Once we reached the top of that mountain, we turned East on Boise Ridge Road.  That connected us to Shaw Mountain Road which drops right into downtown again on Reserve Street!  There are so many neat trails in that system, and would provide many great options for longer trips or connecting into Wilderness Ranch/Idaho City area.   There were also some great options for dry camping- we thought about stopping to set the tent up to hang out for a few hours but the sun was burning a little too hot for our liking!

Lucy actually ended up sleeping the entire trail ride and started fussing when we were only a mile from home. So technically, maybe it wasn’t a family adventure. Maybe it was more of a parental break? Either way, it was a very fun outing with some pretty awesome views.

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Cori’s Bachelorette Weekend in McCall

Happy Wedding Day to my cousin Cori and her fiance Matt! A few weeks ago, I went up to McCall to celebrate Cori getting married with the girls. We relaxed at the cabin, wandered around McCall, soaked up some sun by the lake and ate delicious food at Shore Lodge. It was my first length of time away from Lucy and while I missed her something fierce, I came back to her with more patience and love! It’s amazing how rejuvinating a girls’ weekend can be!





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Hiking to the Peak

Last weekend, we went for a beautiful hike attempting to look for antler sheds.  While we were a little too early in the season to find any sheds, we did see hundreds of deer!  Not wanting to spook the deer, we would stop and let them meander away and thankfully Max didn’t bark at the animals! We went further up than I have ever hiked before- but there is something so freeing about just hiking up the side of a mountain, off of any trails (before moving to Boise I would have never said that). It was incredibly peaceful looking out at the snow covered mountain peaks and I was amazed that already at the end of January there is new green growth on the ground and on the sagebrush. I love seeing the signs of Spring, even though it is way too early in the year to get my hopes up!

 

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Have a great weekend!

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