June 6 – A capitol idea
After a rather cloudy and threatening Thursday, our plans for kayaking were thwarted so we toured some campgrounds in the area and Friday we decided to head west to the great city of Boise, ID. Our goal was to stop at the Winnebago RV dealership just out side of town and finally get to see Anne’s dream motorhome in person – the Itasca 30T. She was thrilled to finally see it and touch it. But we think we’re going to have to travel to Forest City, IA and maybe talk with the folks at Winnebago to see if we can customize a coach that will meet our needs. Chris is still adamant that we get a class A that is under 30 feet. The 30T is 30′ 11″ and he says that is 11″ too long. Seems like an impasse so we will see.
It was hot in Boise – upper 80’s – and at 2:00 pm we still had not made any plans for our evening stay. We are members of the “Harvest Hosts” so we decided to call a participating vineyard – Huston Vineyards – in Caldwell, ID not far from Boise. They said come on over. What a great place! And owners Gregg and Mary Alger and there family could not have been more accommodating for our stay. We arrived just in time to sample some of their great wines and meet the staff. We ended up joining their wine club and took our first delivery. So our “free” night of camping only cost us about $150!! This vineyard produces some very, very good wines. Their “Chicken Dinner Red” which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes was our favorite. We are partial to blends. And how it got its name is and interesting story. Please visit this vineyard to hear the whole story first hand from Gregg.
Gregg and Mary advised us that Saturday would be busy as it was one of their wine club pick up days. This is a celebration day with wine sampling, music, wood fired pizza and just a good time while members of the club pick up their delivery of selected wines during the day.
First though we headed into the city of Boise to hit the two farm markets downtown. What a beautiful city! Idaho should be very proud of their capitol. This is a great clean, walkable city, very eclectic with great bike trails. You can even float down the Boise River right through the center of the city! The farmers markets were one of the best we have seen running several blocks with hundreds of vendors and various street performers. Lots of food, veggies, fruits, crafts and music.
We returned to the vineyard for our last wine sample on the lawn under the shade trees. We reluctantly said our goodbyes and gave a big thank you to Gregg and Mary and moved on to the Hi Valley RV park just outside of Boise to refresh our batteries. This park is your typical, line em up, row after row of packed in coaches and trailers. But, it was for only one night and it was hot so the AC was a treat. We have decided to head into the Sawtooths tomorrow and will head up to the Stanley area.