Spring Picnic on Boise Ridge

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May 6, 2012

A stretch of warm days give me hope we can take our new Jeep out for its first foray into the foothills above Boise.

First step
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First step
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I may be the one most excited for our first chance to take the Jeep somewhere Jeepish. It will probably still be chilly on the Boise Ridge so we collect items for a picnic campfire before heading up Rocky Canyon in the foothills north of town.

I spy
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We stop at our usual waypoint near Aldape Summit to stretch our legs and look back over Boise.

Behind and ahead
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Behind and ahead
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Marshmallows and hot dogs
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Marshmallows and hot dogs
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There are several dirt pullouts along the ridge road but it’s windy so we keep driving until we find a spot with a little shelter for our fire.

They were here
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Hunter is glad to tend the fire for us.

Boise through binoculars
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Boise through binoculars
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Cold wind drives us back to the shelter of the Jeep not long after eating. We stop again only for occasional views of town.

Lots of clearance
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Lots of clearance
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Turn around
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Turn around
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Tracks and cut trees leave me expecting the road will be clear through to the ski hills but the chainsaw volunteers apparently gave up at an especially large pile of down trees. Back we go.

Fun driving
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Fun driving
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In lieu of making it through to Bogus Basin, we divert to explore Eagleson Road around Boise Peak. It’s beautiful and fun. I can’t wait to try taking the top and doors off.

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Excited
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Excited
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Brenna wakes up when I stop for a picture of her and Hunter sleeping but she pretends to sleep again when I explain why I was stopping.

Coming down the mountain
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Coming down the mountain
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Sound of music
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Sound of music
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They were eager to clean it
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They were eager to clean it
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The kids for some reason are both excited to clean the Jeep. I wonder if that will last. Either way, I’m expecting it to give us many more adventures.