Love me some road trips. Mat had a few days off for the 4th, so we headed north due to the hot temperatures we've been having in SLC. I've heard lovely things about Sun Valley and McCall, Idaho and it was indeed north, so we packed up and headed out.
With the endless vastness and things tucked under my feet, we Harrises were definitely on our happy path of togetherness.
We stayed in Pocatello with the Francis' the first night. Old friends from our medical school days in Hershey. Always a guaranteed good time. We grabbed some hole in the wall Mexican food and the movie Napoleon Dynamite--because it is Idaho's state movie. We were all surprised that the kids got the humor in Napoleon. They watched it again in the morning and then quoted lines for the rest of the trip.
The Francis clan keep perfecting their cooking skills every time we stop in. Zanna is quite the apprentice, and quickly moving into head cook position Dave also got a new grill. Some people just dream of purchase after they finish med school, this was Dave's.
This needs no words.
The next day...
We stumbled upon Crater of the Moon, a huge lava field of love. The kids could have searched for rocks for hours.
When we strolled into the Sun Valley area there a couple cute towns before you get there. Hailey was charming. They were having a bike race on the 4th of July. It starts right after the parade and different heats go on throughout the day until 5PM. The whole community comes out to watch. The racers only ride about two blocks as fast as they can, the men will do 40 laps, and kids will do 1 to 5. Of course, after the race was done, my kids claimed they would be doing that next year.
Onto Sun Valley, we stopped at the lodge to check out the ice skating rink, looked at the celebrity pictured walls, strolled by the pond to torment the ducks, and asked a few questions to the helpful staff about staying here in the future.
Stop. At this point in the trip, we are starving. If there is one rule to follow when you're on a road trip, it is to not let yourself get too hungry or tired. Hunger was really setting in at this point. The funny thing is, is when we headed to Ketchum for something to eat, everything was closing at 4PM. Three places closed before our eyes at 3:59. Comical. We found some hamburger shack, which sufficed, but we missed out on some other fun places to eat. We will just have to make the trip back.
Now that we were feeling better and refreshed, we went for a walkabout and found cute shops crawling the streets.
Look at these honestly stated cards. Hilarious.
The crew on the streets of Ketchum.
About 6PM we headed to our hotel in Boise. A good 2 1/2 hrs away, but we pressed on ignoring our tiredness. We would arrive just in time to check in, have a bit of a rest, and head to watch the fireworks. With all of the cars and crowds walking around to park themselves for the firework show, we wanted to find the perfect peaceful spot. R.I.P., Mat's eagle eyes spotted the perfect place to watch the fireworks, the cemetery. The girls freaked out and started crying, but no one obstructed our view, got in our way or even talked to us --as if those around us were going to talk.
And then we rested......next day, McCall, ID