thought i'd show the rest of the trail today. i usually crop out the houses but it occurred to me that if we have readers who aren't familiar with boise (we have visitors from california & colorado) might be interested to see how close some of these trails are to town. we walk to the reserve for our daily hikes. there are lots of people on the trails daily from the neighborhood.
good news/bad news, that. most treasure the resource and are careful to be good stewards. some remember when there was a lot less traffic, and it didn't matter if their dogs were loose or if they didn't pick up because it didn't really bother anyone that they could tell. likewise for running or biking on muddy trails, or going cross country to avoid a mud puddle. but it's very different now, and as these actions are multiplied by higher use the impact to the resource and to other trail users grows.
looking over boise out toward the owyhee mountains. looking back down the trail we came in on, which is basically a road for access to the water tanks. there are houses on the ridge across the way where a few dog owners still open the door & let the dogs out to roam. i haven't seen that as much this year. there is also horse pasture grandfathered in below the homes.
if you can make out the flagpole in the right hand third of the photo you will see the former location of j r simplot's house, now an unused governor's mansion. (he donated it to the state, evidently it needed some updating, and recent governors have preferred to live in their own homes. and collect a housing stipend. while taxpayers support upkeep, etc on the empty governor's mansion.)