The drive out of Boise, Idaho looks pretty barren to begin with.
The area is high desert, and there are not a lot of trees until you wind your way UP to the mountains.
I arrived in Boise to be met by my mom, and an extra surprise, my brother Scott who said “We are parked close, you won’t need that luggage cart…..” and I just laughed and laughed because he really had NO IDEA how much luggage I fly with on a routine basis.
5 minutes later, and that $3.00 cart rental had paid for itself! My explaination? “It’s much cheaper and takes less time than a chiropractor!”
We met up with my Sister in Law, Scott’s wife, Alicia for lunch, another treat…and up into the mountains we went.
And then there were trees!
And a beautiful valley below!
The decision to add this leg to an already planned Los Angeles trip came as an after thought after tickets were already purchased. Getting to Idaho from North Carolina is a big trip with at least 2 layovers. It takes all day to get here, and another day to get home……but to fly direct from Los Angeles? I was here in under 2 hours, a direct flight, and the perfect way to use some stored up air miles added on to the already planned trip to give me some much needed time with family and a way to unwind.
Last night after dinner mom and I took a little walk ---
This huge lilac was magnificent!
We could smell its heady fragrance from at least a block away – and I inhaled and inhaled until I was nearly dizzy with its intoxicating glory. Lilacs grow really well in Idaho, not so much in my area of North Carolina ---
Lily of the Valley!
So many memories!
When I was a little girl in Minnetonka, Minnesota, there was a patch of lily of the valley that grew beneath my bedroom window…..and I always thought they were magical, and they smell so good too!
View of mom’s garden as we talked from her upper deck ---
Other end from upper deck….
We sat and we talked and visited until it was time to come in, watch a movie….and I smiled happily to myself ---here I am in Idaho with my mom and I both hexi-ing away while we much on popcorn and enjoy an evening together.
This is my OTHER Happy Mountain Heaven!
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More from Idaho later ----I’m being spoiled by my mom making breakfast for me and it is ready!