Scott didn’t have to go to work until later in the day, so we started off with a delicious homemade breakfast a la Scott.
While Scott was at work, it was just us girls and we went touring all around Boise. One of the things I learned is that Boise is pronounced like Boy-Cee rather than Boy-Zee. Traci was an excellent tour guide. We started our tour by heading into Dutch Brothers for some gourmet coffee before starting our adventures for the day. We went all around the downtown area. We went to the old train depot that gave us a beautiful view of the city and the Capital building. We went to two gorgeous parks, and then down by Boise State University. We walked all around downtown. We stopped at The Boise Brewing Company, and then we strolled through the Freak Alley Gallery. We had a very full day before heading home. There was so much to see and I took so many pictures. There is no way I can show you all the pictures I took, but hopefully I can give you a good representation of the things we saw and how much fun we had. Boise is a very pretty city. All the flowers were in bloom too and the city was bursting with color, which made it even prettier.
Dutch Brothers Coffee is a chain of gourmet drive-through coffee shops that offers so many flavors of coffee, teas, and lemonades. You can get almost anything you can imagine. “Dutch Bros Coffee was founded in 1992 by Dane and Travis Boersma. After three generations in the dairy business, the brothers decided to use changes in the industry as motivation to branch out and try something new. The bros bought a double-head espresso machine, cranked up the stereo, threw open the barn doors and started experimenting with 100 pounds of beans.”
“One of the most rewarding things in this change of occupation was going from smelling cow manure to smelling coffee,” said Dane. “You’d open the bag, and it was like heaven.”
“Dutch Bros strives to be a force for good through outstanding customer service and killer coffee. The company is continuing to grow, sharing the Dutch luv and opening new shops throughout the nation.”
“Through the Dutch Bros Foundation and local franchisees, Dutch Bros donates several million dollars to support its customers, local communities and nonprofit organizations.”
With coffees and lemonade in hand, off we went to start the day’s activities. Our first stop was the old train depot.
The view of the city from the old train depot was amazing.
Next, we visited two of the three main parks. We drove through one, and saw dog island, which is a doggie park on a separate little island in the middle of the park, but we did not stop at that park. The other park we went to was the Kathryn Albertson Park. She was one of the heirs to the Albertson Grocery store chain. This park is so beautiful. We saw a lot of geese, the same Canadian geese I have here at home, as well as some red eared slider turtles, again, just like mine here at home. We also saw quite of few of the geese nesting and watching over their eggs.
Can you see all 5 turtles here? Look closely. They are all there.
Our next stop was the area around Boise State University, which is adjacent to the Boise City Zoo. We did not go into the zoo, however, there were a couple of very curious and friendly giraffes that stopped by to say hi to us as we were strolling through the park. There were also a whole bunch of playful squirrels all around too.
This is the Friendship Bridge connecting the park to the university. It was an appropriate place to go, since we three girls are all very good friends indeed.
After leaving the parks, we were ready for something to drink. Next stop was Boise Brewing, but that will be featured in Part 2. 🙂