Thursday, September 10, 2009

Exploring Idaho

We took a break from our traveling today and did a little road trip in the car. What a beautiful area! We headed north out of Boise on Hwy. 55, also known as the Payette River National Scenic Byway. The byway is 111 miles long and follows the Payette River which is calm in several places but mostly pretty serious whitewater.

We made one stop at a mercantile on the way (other than pull-outs). On the right side of the store were guns, knives, military gear, etc. I think I can safely assume that these people were not Democrats if the signs, posters, and hat logos were any indication! On the left side were many beautiful Amish quilts for sale with proceeds going to assist handicapped kids. Interesting combination...

We pulled into McCall early in the afternoon and stopped by the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center where a nice lady gave us several ideas for a place to eat our picnic lunch. We ended up at Legacy Park on the shores of Payette Lake. Lovely park to enjoy on a gorgeous day!

Later we wandered through some of the shops. After I enjoyed some ice cream at the marina, we headed out of town and over to Hwy. 95 which we took back south. This highway wasn't quite as scenic but still interesting. The first part was a pretty winding road through the national forest. Then the scenery opened up as we entered the farming valleys.

We didn't get home till about 6:30, enjoyed some left-overs for dinner and then soaked in the hot tub for a few minutes before showering and calling it a day! Tomorrow we'll hit the road again. We're looking forward to seeing Eric, Kari and baby Jacob again!

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