Aug. 31, 2019

August 31, 2019

Hello to the last week of August!  Don’t break out the pumpkin spice just yet, there is still lots of summer out there to enjoy.  It’s Labor Day weekend and what better way to celebrate a 3 day weekend then getting out and enjoying all the fun activities around Idaho.

  1.  First up, if you are a trail bike enthusiast, this weekend is the Silver Creek Plunge.  Happening up in the beautiful little town of Crouch, about an hour outside of Boise, the fun runs Saturday through Monday.  They will be putting together riding groups according to riding levels Saturday and Sunday. There is also an area near the camp where kids can ride.  Camping is all weekend and the hot springs will be open. This is all put on by the Treasure Valley Trail Machine Association. What a great way to enjoy the long weekend and connect with like minded new and seasoned riders.

  2. To start your weekend off the right way, head down tonight to the Sandbar by the River at the Riverside Hotel right here in Boise.  The Boise Blues Society is presenting “Blues on the Belt”, a FREE live music event all weekend long. This starts tonight at 5 pm and runs until 8 pm Tuesday.  Not only is there music and dancing, but fantastic food and a great atmosphere. This is a great way to end the summer on a relaxing note. 

  3. Now, if you are like me and love this beautiful state we live in, Sunday has a great event to learn more about Idaho.  Starting at 9 am, you have the opportunity to spend a day learning about 3 amazing farms in the Treasure Valley. It is the Farmers Market Tour of Eden Creamery, Rice Family Farms and Meadowlark Farm.  Everyone will be meeting at the Boise Farmers Market location on Shoreline Drive to load up onto a tour bus at 9 am. You will spend time at each farm learning about each farms unique mark on the local food community.  This tour is not set up for children under 10, however it is an educational tour for adults and children over 10. There will be a picnic midday and both Eden Creamery and Rice Family Farms will have market stands set up on site where you can purchase goods directly from the farms.  The tour bus will even have coolers so you don’t have to worry about the heat. If you can’t make this tour, be sure to stay tuned for other Farmers Market Tours available throughout the fall.  

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

For this weeks adventure, I would like to suggest a day trip down towards Twin Falls.  With Twin only being less than 2 hours outside of Boise, its a great opportunity for a day trip or you can stay the night and make a whole weekend of it.  While there you can check off a couple of items on your BucketList. First up, #70, pick some Idaho orchard fruit. Just outside of Twin in Filer, you need to make a stop at Kelley’s Canyon Orchard. Established in 1908, this farm has a legacy of growing fresh tree-ripe fruit including cherries, apricots, peaches, pears...well everything!  You can pick your own fruit as well as purchase the already picked fruit It is open from 10 to 6 and a great way to get the family out and enjoying the bounties of Idaho.

After a fun morning of picking fruit, head over to Shoshone Falls to check #58 off your BucketList, a picnic at Shoshone Falls. Located at the edge of Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls is a hot spot on the Snake River.  At 212 feet, the falls are higher than the famed Niagara Falls. There are a ton of recreational facilities including playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, swimming area and a scenic overlook that is to die for.  There are not enough words to describe the beauty of this area. There is a $5 admission cost per vehicle, but well worth it for enjoying a picnic with your family in such a place of natural beauty. So relax, check something off the BucketList and  enjoy the fleeting days of summer.