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May 8, 2016 - Idaho City, ID

One of our Boise 'field trips' led us about an hour northeast to Idaho City which is now pretty much a ghost town. It sprang up around 1862 as a result of the Gold Rush Days. At one point, with a population of 7,000, it was the largest town in the territory. The area around Idaho City, it is said, gave up more gold than all of Alaska. In its heyday, the city had 200 businesses, including four breweries, 41 saloons, 24 law offices, and the first Territorial Prison in Idaho. Now it is an historical remnant of the past, thriving as a...

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May 24, 2012 - Ponderosa Pines Scenic By-Way and Idaho City

We are armed with lots of recommendations of things to see and do around Boise and the local area from our friends here and our list keeps growing. However, most of the recommendations are things to do outside and the weather has not been the most cooperative! In fact, we postponed our trip to Sun Valley this weekend with Steve and Linda due to the weather; darn! Today after the morning rains subsided and the sun came out, we decided to take one of the recommendations and drive up to Idaho City and coincidentally, also located along one...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Idaho City

We decided last night to spend one more night here so that we could make a 2nd trip up to Idaho City and visit the library to see if there was any additional information we could find on Debi’s ancestors. Although we didn’t find any direct information on the Miller’s or the Silsby’s we did find some interesting information about the city. Idaho City was founded because of Gold, and in the mid 1860’s it boasted the largest population in the Northwest of over 6,000 persons, many of which were Northern and Southern sympathizers, and Chinese....

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Sep 8, 2009 - A big souvenir before we leave

Our last couple days here in the Boise National Forest were spent visiting some of our favorite places, taking a few roads we hadn't been on yet and finishing up our work time here. Some by ATV and some by truck, we went up over the ranch, by the top road and found the big Ponderosa Pine tree that was struck by lightning early in the season and I had always wanted a piece of pine bark to keep, Well, Dave “thought” he was being funny when he went to look for some of the bark that had been blown off the tree when lightning hit it and he came...

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Sep 3, 2009 - A Visit to Rocky Ridge Yurt

After a long absence, the deer are finally coming back to our yard area. We were so lucky to be here this morning when one of our favorite does, I call her “Pretty Lady” came down to our mineral/salt block and brought her twins from this year along. We hadn't had any of the babies down here in the yard this year so it was a treat and they are so cute, even though their spots are disappearing now. Then Dave took me on a ride out to visit one of the State Recreation “Yurts” They area tents(sort of) on a platform that the state rents out...

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Aug 30, 2009 - A Stormy end to August

Our first big storms of the season and it's almost the end of the season. Saturday and Sunday night both Boy did it storm, we were on our way back from checking our campgrounds and decided to take the short cut up and over the ranch. We no sooner got up on the ridge road (about 7:30pm ) when it started thundering and lightning like we have never seen out here. We usually have dry lightning(which is during the day and you can't see it but this was a good old-fashioned thunderstorm like we get in Minnesota or Texas. I was driving so Dave...

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Aug 29, 2009 - Trout Fishing some more

Well, the trout fishing had slowed way down, none to be seen and none or only 1 or 2 to catch but now the last few days it has been good and then last night only 1 but at least I was along and got a catch one. It was fun and also very good to eat. I also have to show you a couple pictures of the fuchsia plant that didn't like to travel but Dave decided it wasn't quite ready for the trash so he rescued it and babied it back to life Now I'm not sure if it will like traveling back to Minnesota or not but it looks so pretty we will try. That's...

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Aug 25, 2009 - Another new ATV trip up Pilots peak and over to Sunset peak

It is getting close to the end of our summer in the mountains and as always with our adventures we are anxious to continue our JourneyOn but also sad to be leaving such a wonderful area. We still have a couple weeks here so decided to try another new trail with the atv. On our days off we always try to do something new along with catch up chores so this time Dave decided we haven't been to Pilot Peak which is an old lookout that is not manned anymore across the highway on top another mountain from Sunset Peak lookout so we will travel south...

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Aug 22, 2009 - Back in Idaho

Back in Idaho and back to work. This deer was in the parking lot at Whoop-um-up campground and she didn't even care when we stopped and cleaned the bathroom. Sure hope she is more careful when hunting season starts. It is good to be back home and I sure am going to enjoy the short time we have left here in these wonderful mountains.After work the other day, we took off for an evening cool off ride and ended up beyond the end of the trail but saw some awesome hawks and enjoyed the new territory and the ride back. The fuchsia plant that Dave...

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Aug 11, 2009 - It's never boring here, Emergencys & Huckleberries

It's a different week now. First we had a medical emergency on the side of the Highway as we came back from Idaho City, a gentleman who also works for the forest service north of here felt like he was going to be sick and apparently passed out as he opened the door of his truck and fell out. He cut his face with his glasses and was half in and half out of his truck when some good people going by stopped to help him but they had no way to contact anyone and sure were glad to see us come around the hairpin turn. We called Idaho City on our...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Out and about,working days

It's been an interesting week, we have seen another wolf close to our cabin area and so I put all our wolf, deer and wildlife including the pine marten pictures on a cd and Dave took it down to the biologist at the Idaho city Forest service office. He studies all the wildlife for this area of the Boise National Forest and he loved getting the pictures and told Dave to have me keep taking pictures and if we could to get the gps coordinates for him, so we have another job(ha-ha-its more fun than work) . A couple days we had some stormy...

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Aug 4, 2009 - Jackson Peak by ATV

Another great day trip, back to Jackson Peak Lookout where our friends Donna and Tom still work. They were there 2 years ago and we enjoyed spending time with them and keeping in touch since then. They were kind enough to take a picture of the snow at our site a week or so before we got here but it all melted before we parked so that was OK. It is so great to meet back up with people all over that we have visited with before and we always love to ATV through these mountains with all the great scenery. We took the same route that I had taken...

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