Scenic Drives

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  As summer tips toward fall, it’s a good time to take a drive into Idaho’s backcountry and see the sites. The crowds are smaller, the weather a little cooler, and you might catch a sprinkle of snow on the high peaks. A road trip can be whatever you want it to be, and fortunately, in…

Beach Day, Idaho-style

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Idaho beaches are a little different than their coastal cousins. They’re not next to the ocean, and the surf is typically river waves. They tend to be considerably smaller than those at the ocean, but when you have a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand, does that matter?   A day at…

Boise River is the Treasure Valley’s Backyard, Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream

Slanted morning light hits the clear water and ripples like 1,000 shining diamonds, and the river bottom is a cobblestone street made of gold. Fall colors are starting to pop, and with a little luck, a hungry trout will make this a postcard-perfect morning.

Soar like an Eagle at the Eagle/Ada Sports Complex

The Eagle/Ada Sports Complex has grown from its dusty origins as a dry patch of sagebrush and cheatgrass east of Eagle to one of the most vibrant, unique parks in the Treasure Valley. The park’s calling card is its bike facilities, but it’s also a hangout for skaters, hikers, trail runners, dog walkers and a hardy bunch of roller derby…

Take Me to the River, Float Me on the Water

Summer heat is here, and many Treasure Valley residents look for some respite by heading to the mountains or hitting the water. Fortunately, the Boise River runs through much of the Treasure Valley, and there are other rivers nearby that give you a place to cool off, splash through a rapid, catch a trout or watch golden eagles soaring in…

Bogus Basin Blooms with Summer Recreation

Summer is a beautiful time in the Treasure Valley with its long, sunny days and variety of outdoor pursuits, but it can also get blazing hot. Many people flock to rivers and reservoirs to cool off, and others head up in elevation.