Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
45Trip End Aug 16, 2009
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The Doubletree Riverside
Joe and I both agree that the best dreams from childhood were those where you would randomly take off in flight. Yesterday we got to experience a taste of that through paragliding. After becoming student pilots (be sure to watch our video on this), and signing our lives away on the scariest rider I've ever signed, including a line that read "paragliding is dangerous and we cannot list each horrific event that could occur" we all piled into a van and braved the steep drive up a mountain, about 10,000 feet. Each of us had our own pilot with his or her own gear. The pilot picks a spot on the cliff and starts to set up a parachute, throws us a helmet, straps on a harness and we are ready to go
After quite an exciting morning we headed out to Boise Idaho. We had lunch at Teton Thai, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart’s favorite place in Wyoming. I didn’t realize that Calista ate, but when she does consume calories she knows how to make them count. Joe then spotted an old time soda fountain that has been open for 60 years containing all of the original machinery. We shared a huckleberry milk shake and were on our way!
Our next stop was Craters of the Moon National Park. I think I was pretty patient as we drove through and hiked up big lava rocks that looked like big piles of mud. The park as a whole reminded the both of us of Animal Kingdom at Disney World. It’s one of the newest national parks, but not the most exciting. Joe tried to help me imagine the lava flowing, but it was…not my favorite stop.
Idaho was majorly shifty. Highlights include the creepy gas station in Arco Idaho with a demonic looking child cradling a drippy ice cream sandwich in one hand and a soda in the other hand saying to Joe “My poppy gives me 5 dollars a day and I can spend it however I like.” A lot of nuclear testing goes on in Idaho
We pulled into our hotel in Boise and immediately rushed out to catch a late night showing of “Harry Pottter.” We had mixed feelings about the latest installment but it was fun to see a movie in a different city. The pre-movie entertainment had a certain homespun feel complete with jokes. Here’s one of Joe’s new favorites. What type of mosquito lives in the north pole? Cold ones…
Glad to leave Boise ASAP.