Day 7: Provo, UT to Boise, ID

Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
Trip End Aug 18, 2007

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Day 7:
States covered: Utah to Idaho
Miles covered: Approx. 400 (we broke 3,000 total miles today)
Weather: Mostly sunny and nice. One quick rain storm, one dust storm and temps cracking high 90's near Boise
Abby Meltdowns: 2 - The mountain sleepies wore off. Abby seems to have suddenly figured out that if she cries we will eventually stop the car and let her out of her seat...eliciting instant smiles that end abruptly when she is put back in. All in all, she is still an excellent little adventurer.
Highlights: Utah and Idaho State Capitols, Golden Spike, Rupert, first "muffler man" sighting, tapas dinner in Boise.
National Park Stamp of the Day: Golden Spike National Historic Site (this was a hard earned stamp for Paul -- it is really in the middle of nowhere)
Stay Over: Hampton Inn, Downtown Boise, Idaho
Phrase of the Day: "Beware: Dust Storm Area" Actual road sign in Southern Idaho. We witnesses one.

Today's Trivia Question: What unique European ethinic group has a notable presence in Boise, ID?

Answers to yesterday's trivia questions: Who knows but we had no problem finding a place in Boise -- with curtains.

Our original plan was to head west from Salt Lake City and stop over in Reno or Tahoe and then make our way up to Crater Lake and Portland. After the O'Brien family meeting this morning we decided to instead head north toward Boise, and boy am I glad we did. Boise wins my vote for surprise city of the trip. Paul seemed to know a little more about it than I did...I guess all I knew about it was the blue football field and references from Napolean Dynamite. But we arrived and I was immediately impressed with the friendly people, hip stores and tons of coffee and smoothie shops (right up my alley). There is also a bit of an off-beat side to Boise -- Paul appropriately called it the Austin of the Northwest. We arrived early enough to manage to walk all around downtown Boise and enjoy a nice meal outside (Abby behaved the whole time, yeah!) and get in just as the sun set.

The way here was fun too. We stopped at 2 places that I think have significance to both of my grandfathers, but Uncle Jeff and Uncle Bruce or Glenn will have to correct me if I am wrong. First we took a detour off I-15 in Utah to go to the Golden Spike National Historic Site. More than just a quick stamp stop, this took some work to get to Promontory, UT, but it was definitely worth it. We got to see the spot where on May 10, 1869, the Golden Spike was laid connecting the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads. I don't know exactly who, but I thought I remembered that a relative of my grandfather (Opa) was actually there for the event. It was a nice Park site, complete with replica running trains.

Then we were off toward Boise and when we saw how close we were going to be to Rupert, ID we had to make a quick detour there too. "Historic" Rupert is really a small town, but it has some significance since my grandpa Joe had spent some time there when he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps. The way that my dad and Unce Jeff talked it up, we couldn't pass it by. We had a quick lunch from "Doc's" and ate it in the town square. I am sure when he was in Rupert Grandpa Joe never thought his sons and later his grandaughter and great grandaughter would visit!
Abby really enjoyed Rupert...her mom didn't enjoy the diaper situation requring a full outfit change while parked in Rupert, but I guess that isn't too bad since it is the first one of the trip (C'mon, we got all the way to Idaho before I mentioned anything about a diaper situation, you knew it had to happen...but I will try to keep it clean as much as possible).

On an Abby developmental note, I guess we haven't stunted her development too much with 8 hour days in the car because she seems to have taught herself to blow bubbles and make lots of noises by putting her lips together and blowing, We intentionally never taught her the "raspberry" but she seems to be trying to add it to her repoitire on her own. At least it is another way to entertain herself!
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