BestThings: Wednesday Edition

Yay!  Today we are off to the Stanley, Idaho area for a few days and the Sawtooth Mountains.  I am super-excited about this as I have never been.  I am salivating at all the amazing photo opportunities I will have.  But first, yesterday.

Jump Creek. Chris and I got up relatively early and decided to head over to Jump Creek to check out the falls.  She had never been and obviously neither had I.  The morning was already very warm.  It took maybe about 15-20 minutes to drive back into the hills, after we loaded up in the truck.  Very easy little 1/4 to 1/2 mile hike through a narrow canyon, next to the creek bed back to the falls.  It was awesome!!  A perfect swimming hole.  I could not resist and so I waded in and swam out to the falls fully clothed, shoes socks and all.  It was so cool. I'm so glad we ventured over there.

Jump Creek Canyon.

Jump Creek Canyon.

Jump Creek Falls.

Jump Creek Falls.

Starbucks.  I am nowhere near any kind of store, let alone a Starbucks.  So, on the way to Chris' mom's house, we stopped in at Fred Meyer to pick up some things and I got an iced grande non-fat caramel macchiato.  Delicious.  And, since I have not been having Starbucks every day, it was a real treat.  The funny thing is I don't mind being away from towns.  I kind of like it.  I don't care if I can't have a Starbucks every day, or go shopping.  I feel like there is so much more to see and do than that.  

Birthday Dinner.  Chris and I went and met her mom and step-dad at their home, and then we went out to dinner at Gino's, an Italian restaurant in Boise.  The service was exceptional, and the food was very good.  It was her birthday yesterday, and then my birthday is on Saturday and her sister-in-law's birthday is on Friday.  It was good conversation and a great time to just be with them.  

Barn Cats and Cowboy.  Chris and I were tired all day so we called it an early night.  We went outside when we got back to her house and I went out and played around with Cowboy.  I tried to convince Chris to get on him bareback, but she just would not do it.  Oh well.  Chris has three barn cats that stay outside.  Bristol, Rascal and Baby Girl.  They killed a few more mice, so that was kind of interesting.  I finally got to see all of them.  They wouldn't let me pet them, but that's okay.  I can see why sometimes people prefer the company of animals.  There is something very soothing about them.  

Rascal, one of the barn cats.

Rascal, one of the barn cats.

I love being here.  This morning we are getting ready to go on our journey, so more adventures await.  Can't wait to see what happens today!