Day 1 : Philly to Boise
Trip Start Aug 11, 2011
8Trip End Aug 18, 2011
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We had a 5 hour and 20 minute flight to San Francisco. They showed the movie Thor on our flight but ofcourse our sound was broken so we couldn't actually watch the movie! I ate a granola and yogurt on the flight and tried to sleep as much as possible.
We had a two hour layover in San Fran before our connection to Boise. We ate at Willow Creek Grill in the airport and had California burgers and fries. I was able to get on the wi-fi at SFO but it was one of the slowest wi-fi connections I've ever encountered
It was an hour and a half flight to Boise. Boise also has wi-fi. We got our luggage with no problem and called a shuttle to take us to our hotel. We were staying at Hotel 43 for the night in the downtown area of Boise.
Our hotel was very nice, it was obvious that it was a more upscale hotel. We got a good deal on the room rate through Canyons, the outfitter we were going down the Salmon River with. We had a bit of a wait until our room was ready. We played around on their wi-fi and selected somewhere to eat for dinner.
Once we were able to drop our luggage off in our room we went for a walk to the Boise River Greenbelt. The greenbelt is a really nice area with river access, jogging, biking and hiking paths alongside the Boise River. We walked along the river for a while took pictures, watched people tube down the river and fish.
Next we went to Julia Davis park which was nearby. We took pictures at the fountain and of the many types of roses on display
We decided it was time for dinner and wandered through downtown Boise until we found the Bittercreek Ale House. The reviews on both yelp and foursquare were good so we decided to check it out.
The Bittercreek Ale House looked like an old fashioned saloon with beautiful hard wood floors and bar. It was packed when we got there both inside and out. We managed to get a table inside the restaurant. The wait-staff are 20-30 something and struck me as the outdoors or bohemian artist types. They had various pre-season football games playing on flat screen tvs. The crowd looked to be a mix of afterwork locals and tourists alike.
I ordered a Snake River Lager, which I had before while in Jackson Hole, WY. I also ordered a Classic Cobb Salad and it was delicious! As Kathy and I sat there and ate our meal we talked about what we thought the trip would be like, what we thought about running a river running double its normal volume and how it would be to paddle and camp for that many days.
As we left the restaurant we could see that the downtown area had really come to life
We walked around downtown Boise for a bit looking at the different shops before returning to the hotel for the night to shower and rest up for tomorrow.
We didn't get to see a ton of Boise but my impression is that it is a beautiful outdoors city set amid arid landscape and mountains. The greenbelt was a nice area and its wonderful to have a river cut through the heart of a major city. There are many interesting shops and restaurants to check out.
Hotel 43 info: http://www.hotel43.com/
Boise River Greenbelt: http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/ParksAndFacilities/Parks/page18151.aspx
Julia Davis Park: http://juliadavispark.org/
Julia Davis Rose Garden :http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/Reservations/ReservableSites/Gardens/page3801.aspx
Bittercreek Ale House: http://bcrfl.com/bittercreek/
Zeppole Bakery: http://www.zeppolebakery.com/