As you may have figured out, I love traveling. From planning, flying, driving, exploring and eating, I love all the details. Spontaneous trips in my past are some of my favorites, and I’ve written briefly about solo travel here on the site. But as my life is significantly changing in a month or so (read: I’m having a baby) those days of traveling will be traded in for a new lifestyle. While our young family will still be making some fun trips and hopefully fond memories, there probably won’t be any quick weekend trips on the fly.
In early May, Nav and I attended my brother-in-law’s graduation in Boise and I was determined to make it a fun last trip with “just the two of us”- but even better, all of my in-laws were there as well.
I’d never been to Boise, and the last time I was in Idaho, I was about 10 years old on Lake Coeur d’Alene- but Nav lived in Boise in his early 20’s, and our brother who lives there raves about it. I think he has most of his family convinced about moving there. So the expectations were moderately high going in, and I was excited for my last trip before motherhood.
After catching the red-eye out of Fairbanks to Seattle, then a quick hop over to Boise, we arrived bright and early, (a bit tired) to BSU’s Albertson’s Stadium for the graduation ceremony. The school spirit and blue field at BSU are famous, and I enjoyed seeing all of the graduates receive their diplomas at the special 100 year Commencement Ceremony. Afterwards is always a mad rush for pictures and congratulations, we were not exempt.
Afterwards, we had a large lunch (hello cheesecake factory) followed by a long nap. Now, I will admit this is lame, but I was about 34 weeks pregnant and had flown all night; but I did not join along for the bar hoping, and poutine consuming festivities. I stayed in the hotel and slept while the boys and girls enjoyed fries smothered with gravy, cheese and pulled pork along with their beers. And honestly, I had no regrets. (note: I should do a recipe post for Poutine ASAP because it’s delcious and Nav will love it!)
The next morning, we (me) were very well rested, and decided to explore downtown Boise on foot. First stop was Guru Donuts for some next level flavor choices. I like to ask the employees their favorites when I can’t decide, and the nice fellow recommended the “Alice in Wonderland” and “Raspberry Cheesecake”.
We also opted for a “Double Chocolate” and a “Maple Bacon”, which reminded me of VooDoo, in Portland, OR a few years back. If you’re looking for a professional review, this Maple Bacon was supreme, the doughnut itself was fluffy and light, and the bacon had a kick thanks to some red pepper flakes. Two thumbs up!
More importantly, the coffee was delicious. Nav went for a Dirty Chai (typical) and I picked up some cold-brew in a cute little bottle. After a little shopping, and a visit to Long Drop Cider Company, we headed out to the suburbs for a BBQ and enjoyed the sunshine.
Monday was our last day in Boise, and Nav and I decided to grab some breakfast before visiting the Discovery Center where Sue the T-Rex was on display. Big City Cafe serves some serious portions, I ordered from “the smaller side” menu and Nav’s gigantic biscuits and gravy was a half-order!
When we arrived to the Discovery Center we were informed the they were unfortunately closed because Sue the T-Rex (The world-famous fossil known as “SUE” is the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found) was moving to Reno. Somewhat bummed, we headed back to our car, when one of the employees told us we could come back quickly to see Sue since we had traveled all the way from Alaska. Score! Perks of being Alaskan!
After the Discovery Center, Nav and I explored the Zoo, and joined the sun bathing animals enjoying the weather. I don’t think I will ever not get excited to see Zebras and Giraffes. Moose, totally commonplace… but Safari animals always get me!
I’m sure Boise has a lot more to offer than the sample we had; I’m looking forward to coming back and riding bikes, drinking local brews and seeing more. Boise is growing, and rapidly, I expect many people will be moving there and new businesses will follow. The taste we got left us wanting more!