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High Desert Hike

Boise is considered the high desert. It is 2,730 feet above sea level, has a dry climate, averages 234 sunny days a year, and receives about a foot of rain yearly. The summer tends to be pretty hot and dry, between 85-95 degrees with stretches over 100 degrees. The winter can be quite cold. I know what zero feels like. This is what makes me appreciate the beautiful sunny days we’ve been having this spring. It makes it even better that we are getting to enjoy the outdoors with our new baby this year and that Luke’s work place makes it so easy to take walks in the foothills.

For a brief time in the spring and fall, the hills are green and burgundy colored with blooming grasses and the trees have leaves. The sky is filled with big spongy clouds and the temperature hovers around 70. It doesn’t get much more tender than that!

I’ve been documenting our hikes so that I can look back when I’m schvitzing like crazy this summer or piling on the blankets next winter, and remember that there is a time of year when being outside makes me very genuinely happy. To have anytime to enjoy the great outdoors is a treat and a luxury, and I’m happy to share it with you!

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Luke works at the bottom of this hill

Yet another view of downtown Boise from the foothills.

Luke is the designated family pack horse, and I love him for that.
Simplot hill: great for sledding in the winter and ice block riding in the summer!

Beauty growing from the dry earth
I finally got a picture of him awake during the hike. He promptly fell asleep after this pic was taken. Porter likes his Deuter hiking backpack better than all the rest because his giant baby body doesn’t get scrunched up and he stays much cooler.

Love My Life

This last week my dad, Porter’s grandpa, came to Boise for a visit. Whenever family or friends come to visit I am always reminded about how lucky we are to have such wonderful people in our lives. During my dad’s visit he cooked up a storm. He made everything from curries to chicken soup, and we were lucky enough to have a friends dinner where my dad cooked. It was a great treat to have my dad cook the whole meal for us and I know we were all very appreciative of his tasty curries. Luke and Shaun jammed on their guitars, Lucy and Porter were their charming selves and it was heart warming to spend a beautiful evening with everyone. We are so blessed to have each other!

Porter and his doula Aunt Sarah playing at friends dinner.
Lucy lovin’ the Magnum ice cream bar.

We spent time hiking on the greenbelt and in the foothills. Hiking was made much easier by the sweet Deuter hiking backpack to carry Porter in, from REI. The foothills were green and in bloom.

Porter’s Grandpa

Napping on the hike.

Downtown Boise

My dad was also nice enough to beef up Porter’s wardrobe. My 4 month old is wearing 12 month sizes, with just a little room to spare! I especially love the plaid jumper he’s wearing when he fell asleep on my dad. It was a great visit and I we’re so happy that Porter has family that wants to be involved in his life, because no matter how much stuff this little boy gets, it’s the relationships that make our lives rich.


Porter the acrobat

Rolly Polly

This is for my mom, Gramma Mikie, who I know would want to see how happy Porter is with himself when he rolls from his back to front. Every time I put him on his back he rolls to his front, even though being on his tummy for long periods of time drives him crazy.

And here are some pictures of our family walk, yesterday, in the Hollow behind Luke’s work.

Rockin’ the Ergo

It was a windy Spring day so we were using the Ergo hood to keep Porter’s head warm. His body stays toasty next to momma on long walks.

It’s a family affair.