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Table Rock | Boise, Idaho

Perhaps one of the most iconic spots in the Boise area is that of Table Rock. It’s easy to see why once you’re standing at the top with a beautiful panoramic view of Treasure Valley,  as well as the Owyhee Mountain range. The 60 foot high white cross that adorns the summit of the butte is equally loved and hated by native Boiseans. The area itself is sacred ground of the Northern Shoshone tribe, who apparently used the butte and surrounding caves for ceremonial purposes. Apparently, it’s a sore spot why nothing is there to preserve or respect the Shoshone tribe, and instead the white cross stands tall.  IMG_4693IMG_4697IMG_4694

The cross actually stands on private land, owned by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, (Jaycees), who purchased the land in a very shady auction which the general public was not even made aware of. So, the cross itself has a pretty turbulent and controversial history. BUT, controversy aside, it still is extremely cool to hike to the top and explore the surrounding caves. It’s become quite the graffiti mecca, and there is always new artwork to admire.

You can either start from the bottom where the trail starts by the old Idaho State Penitentiary, (which is also highly recommended to go and see!) The littles and I started at the bottom of the trail, but only made it about half a mile and had to turn back. It didn’t help that it was 96 degrees out when we started. So, we got back in the car and decided to drive to the top of the bluff instead. It ended up working out much better for us, and we were able to explore all the little caves and crevices.

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clearly, they were thrilled to hike up. You can see the cross that’s blurry in the top right corner. We had a ways to go.

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Even the artwork on the electrical buildings on the hike up from the parking lot are impressive! The details on them are phenomenal.

Once we sat on the summit for a few minutes and took in the gorgeous panoramic views, we hiked down to the caves right below that encircle the entire bluff. Memphis is really into Batman right now, so he kept exclaiming “I found a Batman cave Momma!” Too cute.

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Table Rock is a must see on my list of things to do in Boise! If you’re in the area, definitely go! Me and my littles had a great time exploring it and maybe one day we can go back and actually hike up to the top instead of drive.

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XoXo,

Heather

The Raw Brunette

Car Troubles that broke the Camels Back

I took my van in yesterday for what (I thought) was just a routine alignment before I head back to Utah for a few days this weekend. After an hour and a half of sitting in the Meineke lobby with my kids in tow, they told me the bad news. Turns out, they could not align my van’s tires until they replaced a part that was broken. Don’t worry, I was skeptical too. I feel like women always get swindled at car shops, ( hey, if you’re offended by that I’m sorry but it is how I feel from many experiences). They even took off the part and came and showed me up close, and YES, it was beyond broken. A few more weeks or even days and it may have broken completely off which would have been big trouble.

Even better news? It was going to be $800. UGH. I mean, no one wants to put that kind of money into a car repair, but if I didn’t align my van, my brand new tires would be ruined quick, and that would be another $400.

After then spending ALL day at Meineke when I had only planned on about 45 minutes the kids were all going crazy and Mommy was DONE. So, when we finally got our van back and were going to head home, the traffic was insane because of rush hour. Not wanting to sit in traffic for an hour, I decided to look for a park and wait out the traffic.  One popped up on Google Maps called Camels Back Park, and with a name like that I thought it must be cool!

We were all pleasantly surprised with just how cool it was!

First, we noticed just how large, clean, and fun the playground/outdoor workout area was.

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Memphis thoroughly enjoying the outdoor gym

The playground area alone, kept my kids busy for over an hour. I really liked how clean the whole park was. Definitely one of the cleanest I have been to!

Once we had our fill playing, we decided to go hiking. The main unique characteristic of Camel’s Back Park is the sand dune!

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Memphis for scale

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Heading up!

So, the hard way, would be to walk straight up, which we opted not to do. If it was just me I would have, but I had six pairs of little legs who would not have been able to make it, and I was not about to carry them up! So, we took one of several trails that went up and around to the top.

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Once we got to the top, the views were amazing! The littles were pretty proud of themselves, because even though we went the “easier” way, it was still very steep, and the sand was slippery. We stayed up at the top of Camel’s Back for a while and soaked in the view.

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There are many trails up there, and I definitely want to go back and explore more of them! I think I should keep hiking essentials handy in my van for the rare occasion that we stumble upon another cool hike! Oh, and if you go here, do NOT try and go down the sand dune. I made that mistake thinking it would be faster, and boy was I wrong! The kids were all slipping, and I did too. So, our solution was to all sit on our butts and slide down the sand! Just don’t do what I did, because I am still picking sand out of my crack!If you are ever in Boise, go check out this unique park!

XoXo,

Heather

The Raw Brunette