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Planning a mini-vacation

I have a committee meeting in Boise, Idaho next week. Those with extremely good memories might be saying "didn't you have a committee meeting in Boise last summer?" Yes, different committee. This committee met in Portland, Oregon last year. The committee that met in Boise is going to San Diego in 3 weeks. Confused? I'm just getting tired of West Coast trips...

Having seen a some of Boise itself last year, this year I decided to go a little early and try to see more of the area. What popped up as I searched for possibilities was Craters of the Moon National Monument. Lots of geology, and a type (volcanics) that I've seen very little of. I've talked my friend Krissi into coming early, too and joining the expedition.

Unfortunately, the weather looks to be extremely hot (100+, maybe), so we want to be there early, do some walking and some photography, and then get back into air conditioning. The general plan is: I fly out Friday, and will do other sightseeing 'round and about. Krissi comes in Saturday afternoon. I'll pick her up at the airport and we'll drive to Twin Falls, ID--under 2 hours from Boise. We'll spend the night there (and look around, as there are 2 sets of twin falls in Twin Falls, plus the Snake River canyon itself), get up early, and drive to Craters. That looks to be another "under 2 hours" drive. We'll see what we want, then dilly-dally our way back to Boise either by following the Snake River and looking for sights of interest, or by going over the Sawtooth Mountains (probably too ambitious both for my driving comfort and the time we have). I just have to be back with time to swap the car from a personal rental to a government one to start my official travel Sunday evening.



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Jul. 10th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
The Sawtooth drive is much more interesting than the Snake River one. And considerably cooler.

Craters of the Moon was fascinating when I was there as a kid. Next time you go to Boise, give yourself an extra four or five days and hit Yellowstone. It's less than a day's drive to get there.
Jul. 10th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
I just such a flatland driver (well, Piedmont, but definitely not mountains) that I don't really want to tackle the Sawtooths. Especially with all the summer travel-trailer traffic that would pile up behind me. But we'll see how Krissi feels about it!

This should exhaust the Boise trips for maybe more years than I'll be on these committees. Yellowstone is on my must-go list, but I'm thinking I'll plan a dedicated trip, hopefully not in high season. I may be able to talk my brother's family into joining me for that excursion.
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
The roads aren't that bad, really. And there are lots of pullouts.

High season in Yellowstone isn't as bad as everyone says it is. As long as you have reservations. And, remember, summer is short at those elevations and latitude -- high season is your best bet unless you want to get snowed on.
Jul. 14th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Sounds like lots of fun! Just remember to stay hydrated & pace yourself. You'll want to save up for DragonCon: filkertom is running the filk track this year & plans a Dementia spectacular [including a 1/2 hour concert by Matt Leger, among others].

What're you doing July 21? That's the housefilk at joyeuse13's, which should be lots of fun; can you make it?
Jul. 14th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
I'm going to try, but I don't get back from Boise until the 20th. I'll have to see if I'm up for the housefilk the next night.
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