Still in Idaho

The drive to Buhl was mostly through agricultural land.  Typically we followed the Snake River, which is the river that runs through Yellowstone.

 

Banbury hot springs was a nice campsite, full of squirrels scampering up trees, and our campsite was right by the river.  The hot springs were closed that day, but given it was 100 f, we were thinking more ice cold beer in the air conditioned coach.

 

Just an overnight stay at Banbury then onto Boise, Idaho.  Again the drive followed the river but outside of the river the land seemed parched.  It’s high country desert and doesn’t seem good for anything.

We had some administrative stuff to get done in a city so decided to stay in Boise for 3 nights.  The campsite, ‘The Ambassador’ is really nice and we are happy to put our roots down for a few days.

Boise is pronounced ‘Boy-zee’.  It’s a strange name but it is thought the origin goes back to the days of the Oregon Trail, then Interstate 80 was a dusty track with horses and covered wagons that rumbled west.  Some trappers had been up in the high desert like country for a long time.  They came down from the hills to the Boise area and saw the river running through with trees on either side.  A Frenchman with the trappers saw the wooded river area and with glee shouted Les Bois, Les Bois-‘The Woods, The Woods.  Someone put an e on the end it became Boy-zee.

We spent our first full day in a Verizon store trying to improve our internet capability and lower the cost.  Again, because we don’t have a tax or Social Security number we can’t get a business account so it’s super expensive, we can only be on pre-paid.  We achieved getting better coverage, but are now paying even more, this means no international calling opportunity.  We are heading to the tax office tomorrow.

The next day we drove the car into Boise.  It’s a very pleasant city.  It has some very nice historic buildings and a nice downtown area.

We found the tax office and went into ask some probing questions like-why can’t we have a tax number.  There is a weak exception for us to have one, but it means dealing with Citibank again and we can’t face that.

There is a European feel to the city and this comes from the Basque immigrants, 15,000 of them.  This is the largest concentration of Basque people in the US.  Originally the Basques came over the US in the early 19th century for the Californian gold rush, and to escape tumult in their own country.  Just south of Boise was a large silver mine and it is thought that is why there are so many Basque residents today.

In the Basque quarter a man was cooking Paella outside in one of their synonymously massive pans.  We had a plate for lunch-it was very good.   A wander through the park to walk off the carbs and back to the coach.  I went food shopping in Caldwell while Stuart cleaned the coach.

On Thursday we cross over into Oregon and we have decided to make Portland our turnaround point.  We are both keen to see Seattle and the wider Washington state area but we don’t want to rush it, so are saving it for another year when we will head into Canada.tt