When I was invited to attend my good friend’s wedding in Boise, Idaho I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. So off I went on my new adventure and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this little far off land.
One of the highlights of the trip was floating down the Boise River. The water was cool, crisp, and crystal clear. And although it was close to one hundred degrees, the dry air combined with a cool breeze along the river proved to be exceptionally pleasant. The river carried us softly and in some places swiftly, winding it’s way through trees and mountains with a few tiny drops along the way. If you ever make it to Boise you must float; it’s absolutely magical!
For some reason I pictured the downtown area somewhat like an old country western movie. To my surprise, the main part of town is full of modern restaurants, bars and breweries. The streets are impeccably clean, and everything looks fresh and new. On Saturday they have a Farmer’s Market that takes up four full city blocks where you can peruse local art, shop for jewelry, handmade soaps, flowers and of course all of the veggies and fruits that you can imagine. Surprisingly I didn’t see many potatoes!
The wedding itself was simple and beautiful. The ceremony was outside in a pavilion where unusual desert-like flower trees draped down to hug the alter. The bride and groom shared their elegantly written vows amongst their closest family and friends. We witnessed a beautiful marriage that I’m sure will last a lifetime.
Of course the most entertaining and ridiculous part of the trip happened right at the end. After several hours of celebrating, my friend (we’ll call her Tammy) had a giant urge to eat late night food. Now Tammy has a habit of eating late night food whenever we go out so I can’t say that I was surprised. However the thing about Boise is that it’s not really a late-night-food kind of town. As she vigorously searched through Yelp to find the very limited selection of open restaurants, we settled on taking a Uber to Del Taco, open twenty-four hours (or so we thought).
We were dropped off to realize that only the drive-thru was open! Luckily one of the workers was outside having a cigarette and witnessed our dilemma. With very little pleading, our favorite Del Taco employee graciously offered to serve us through the drive-thru window. While we did receive some witty comments and stares from the other patrons, we went home happy with our giant chicken chipotle burritos and of course, fries!
Thank you Boise, Idaho for all of your beauty and kindness. You are a gem!
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