11 July 2016


This past week marked our 3rd anniversary in Boise! We have now lived here longer than we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and longer than Dan lived in Minneapolis. 

Something that has been on both of our minds this summer is the greatness of this sparsely populated state we call home, often best know for it's potatoes. After traveling abroad this May, I came home with a new appreciation for this place. As I flew over the jagged mountains and rolling hills into Boise, I thought about the beauty out our backdoor. We don't have to fly long distances to see waterfalls, climb mountains, play in sand dunes, sit in hot springs or race down rivers. Idaho boasts some of the greatest outdoors in the country!

Did you know that the Shoshone Falls, just outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, are higher than Niagara Falls at 212 ft? 

Photo Credit: VisitIdaho.org

Or that the Bruneau Dunes are the tallest freestanding sand dunes in North America? 

If you want to visit wilderness on a river raft, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is in the largest forest wilderness in the lower 48 states.

Photo Credit: VisitIdaho.org

And who doesn't like a local hot springs like The Springs in Idaho City?

Photo Credit: VisitIdaho.org

This week, my family was in town visiting and we took the opportunity to visit a few more local attractions that we had been waiting to cross off of our list. No matter where you live, there is something special, big or small, waiting to be explored. Be proud of where you live and the greatness that surrounds you every day.

A few things to do in Boise:

- Bike the Greenbelt, a 25 mile-long bicycle and pedestrian path along the Boise River

Photo credit: Rebecca Silus
- Visit the State Capitol Building

Photo credit: Katherine Silus

- Drink one of the local craft brews on tap at a tasting room (or be chased by a child) 

Photo credit: Katherine Silus

- Go for a hike

Photo credit: Katherine Silus

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