December 31, 2013

myths about boise.


 
after i was off at college, my family moved to boise, idaho. i'm pretty sure the first thing i said when i heard the news was, "really, guys? boise? how much lamer can you get?"
 
 i lived there for a few months while i dated jordan, and realized that i was totally wrong about the place. i love coming back to visit--and the more time i spend here, the more i fall in love.

i don't really have a place to call "home", having grown up in a few different locations and now having my family live in a place that never really was mine. home, for me, is with jordan, wherever that may be. but i feel a connection & a loyalty to boise, partly because my family is there, and partly because it is just a magical place.

we call it america's best kept secret, because usually people have these ideas about boise that are completely off. these are a few that i have encountered:
 
myth #1. boise is an extension of utah.
 
i think this is more true of places like rexburg or idaho falls. (although i've never been to either, so i can't really say) contrary to popular belief, boise is not predominately lds. in the metro area (where both my family and in laws reside) members make up less than 15% of the population. mormons have a strong presence in boise, but as one, you are absolutely the minority. having lived in both boise and utah, i can say that utah is a different world than boise. it is also a surprisingly liberal-thinking city.
 
myth #2 potato farms everywhere.
 
i have really, honestly, never met one potato farmer in my life, and niether has jordan. not one. (i can't help but just roll my eyes when people from idaho get teased about potatoes. like...really, guys.) there are potato farms on the outskirts of boise i'm sure, but i have never seen one. people do not show up to the general store in their overalls and discuss this season's crop. that is not life there. also, as far as i can tell, people in boise eat the same amount of potatoes everyone else eats.
 
 
myth #3 boise is boring.
 
i guess this depends on how you look at it, but i have never come up short when looking for something to do on the weekends. bogus basin is a half hour away if you ski, a world renowned farmers market takes place every saturday from spring to winter, biking/rafting/hiking/trail running GALORE, tons of summer concerts, wine tastings everywhere because of the nearby vineyards, a few phenomenal golf courses, events at the park, endless summer activities on the boise river, museums, a performing arts center that attracts a lot of great theatre and musicals, and hello. boise state sporting events. (i can't claim to be a real bsu fan, but maybe someday.)
 
 
a few things that make boise great to me:
 
>>> trees. everywhere. i didn't know this until i moved here, but boise was named 'the city of trees' about 50 years ago. if you hike up in the foothills and look out over the city, you can barely tell humans have inhabited the place. the summers are canopied with fat green leaves, and in the fall the entire city is rustic and citrus colored.
 
>>> downtown is just big enough to have a city vibe, but small enough that it is upkept, clean, and you never feel like turning down the wrong street will result in a gunshot wound or a stolen wallet. ha! there are great concert venues, a good selection of bars/restaurants, legit shopping, and a few art installations. my favorite it freak alley. every couple of months, grafitti artists come and re-do a few alleyways in the downtown area. the art is creative and beautiful--and you're almost guarunteed to see a new piece every time you come.
 
>>> the boise river runs through the city and there is a built-in biking/running/walking trail that you can hop on at any point on the river (dubbed the 'green belt') --it extends throughout the entire city. there are a few beaches and rope swings peppered throughout the trails, too. it is the perfect backdrop for an evening walk--with the background rush of the water and a ceiling of trees. aside from walking, i love picnicing by the water, and packing up the painting suppplies to watercolor by the river.
 
>>> cool vibes. boise is full of friendly, granola people who are just, well, cool. (granola people live close to my heart as a native of fort collins, colorado--home of the bra-less woman.) most of the people who have re-located to boise in the last 10 years are from california, and they brought they're so-cal attitudes to a more low-key place. almost everyone that lives here absolutely loves it, and it makes for a happy-go-lucky disposition for this wonderful place.
 



freak alley elephant mural! i'm in love. ^^^

 


greenbelt in fall. ^^^
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4 comments:

  1. I visited Boise once a few summers ago and I fell in love too! Downtown was the cutest combination of big city and small town. It was so gorgeous and clean. I may not be a fan of much of Idaho, but Boise is wonderful.

    Em
    Tightrope to the Sun

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    1. that makes me so happy that you liked boise! and i have literally only driven through any other part of idaho...but i dont have much desire to go, either. haha!

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  2. Hi! New reader! Also, GIRL! I am from Idaho and love when people dispel the myths. Like, no potato farms. Anywhere. Ha. Hope your family still loves it! Tell them to try Pizzalchick. So yum!

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  3. Just found your blog and I am absolutely in love. Your honest writing style, your phone pictures... it's all just right. :) Also, my mom moved me to the Boise area from San Diego my senior year of high school. To say I was devastated would be an understatement. BUT those ten months turned out to be a blast and a half! And now, here I am, living in Twin Falls--a place I used to think was nothing but a truck stop. Ha! Ironic.

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