Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bye Bye Boise - End of Montana and Idaho biking and rafting summer camp

More rafting photos and blog report coming soon...

The Boy Scout troops set off on their hike, the kids' soccer teams cleared out, and at last, my Boise, Idaho, hotel — home away from home for the past five nights — is a quiet oasis. Too bad that I leave tomorrow!

I head back home to Santa Cruz after an epic, 21-day summer break in Montana and Idaho. I pedaled through small towns and past snow-capped mountains during a fantastic Cycle Montana road bike tour with the Adventure Cycling Association. Then, I downshifted to a mellower pace - except for the Class III-IV rapids! during my fabulous 5-day whitewater rafting trip on Idaho's Snake River with ROW.

Upon finishing those adventures, I came to Boise to collect my thoughts and photos for upcoming stories (so I WAS working!) Also, on my third trip to Boise in two years, I wanted to scout the city yet again, to see if I want to move here. There is a lot to love about this city (and much more to blog about later). The verdict is still out on my relocating here in the future. I have decided for the time being, I will stay put in Santa Cruz, my home town for the past 15 years.

I joined Mitch, left and Chris, for lunch. They are pictured in front of the Boise capital building.
Special thanks to Sally Grimes, Chris Chesak, Mitch Knothe, Angella and Kevin of Idaho Mt. Touring for making this visit memorable.

I have much more to share about my trips, but it's time to pack for my flight tomorrow.