Plans can quickly change for better or worse. Our intended hike turned into a scouting adventure for future day trips. Unfortunately our clothing didn’t match the parks activities. Instead a day full of dusty steep trails, we stumbled upon, accidentally, a large lake. Not sure how we missed it on the map, but wasn’t something the locals seemed to rave about. I think its another secret Idahoans like to keep to themselves. I won’t give out the coordinates but if your ever near Boise…head east. You won’t regret it. Oh yeah..bring swim trunks not hiking boots.
It wasn’t long after we watched Lucky Lake disappear into the distance that we began to notice a major scenery shift. What had been the typical Boise landscape, barren and dry was changing as we increased in elevation. The climb to Boise City was windy and felt like we were approaching a ski lodge in the Alps. Upon arrival I was hoping for a relief to the 90 degree weather, but no such luck.
Overall Idaho City was what you would expect from a 150 year old city that appeared lost in time. I quick stop at the ice scream store and we began our walk up and back the main thoroughfare. A few speciality stops, and restaurants but nothing eye catching. At the end of the street I could see the prize jewel of the city. Never in my life have I seen such a creative masterpiece. Sweat and love went into the design. So much nuance and visual candy. Bravo!