Every Saturday morning the three of us (sister, Jennifer and our friend Sheila) are up early to start the weekend off with exercise, fresh air and friendship. These days we are hiking the Ridge to Rivers trails in the Boise Foothills which starts near the skateboard park off Old Horseshoe Bend Highway. The Boise Rivers is extremely high right now and there are places on the Boise Greenbelt that have been closed due to flooding. But the ridge trails are dry, even after a few wonderful Spring thunder storms this past week.
Today we headed up the trail just in time to see the bitterbrush starting to bloom out. Some if it was in full bloom. You can smell the sweet aroma of the delicate yellow blossoms, which is very likely causing allergy-suffering Boisean to stay away. Therefore we almost had the trail to ourselves. My eyes were watering and my nose was running so I’m sure I’m suffering from mild allergies as well, but that didn’t keep me away. This is one of the prettiest times of the year here in Boise, Idaho. If you are interested in Boise Foothills vegetation there is a great Field Guide to Plants of the Boise Foothills.
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