Boise Ridge With the boy

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October 19, 2008

Hunter joins me on the GS for a short ride to the Boise Ridge, including the top of Trail Four, and back.

Blaze
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Blaze
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A day like this must be ridden.

Nothing but blue skies
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Nothing but blue skies
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The easiest loop I know of from Boise to mountain forests and back is up Rocky Canyon Road, across the ridge and down trails 4A and 4,¹ then home to Eighth Street. Or vice versa. Boy Hunter had been begging for a “long” ride like his sisters so we set out for that loop.

  1. City of Boise: ridgetorivers.org/…/motorcycle-atv
In the hills
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In the hills
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It was blue skies all around. We wore jackets thinking it might be cooler up there but quickly shed those.

Firm footing
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Firm footing
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Hunter’s small frame bounces around on the motorcycle. I don’t think it was as much fun as he hoped. He enjoyed climbing around these rocks, though.

Stopping for a picture
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Stopping for a picture
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I thought Hunter might enjoy some mild single track so I steered us down the top of trail four. The single track path cuts through the stand of trees that burned in 1996.¹ Those remaining sound a somber epitaph for their fallen brethren.

  1. Idaho State University: geology.isu.edu/…/Background_ESF
Into the past
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Into the past
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Secrets
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Secrets
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It was beautiful up in the trees, bits of unexpected color splashed across the hillsides in the form of shrubs and saplings.

Back and forth
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Back and forth
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When we came to the end of the trail, I asked Hunter if he wanted to continue on towards Bogus Basin, assuming he would, but his answer was no. He was ready to go home. I was certain then that the “long” ride wasn’t all the fun he expected. Maybe when he grows a bit …

Winky and grumpy
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Winky and grumpy
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Happy Halloween!