Hank – Jan and Chip took us to hike in the Danskin Mountains east of Boise. (Nope, not named after the shoes.) Chip told us it was a pretty mellow hike with some climbing. At the start we immediately began climbing and climbing. I remarked to Chip that for a relatively flat hike this was not relatively flat.
“It’ll level off after the last hill,” he says. That may be true but it was hardly comforting. But it did mellow out and we meandered through a bounty of arrowhead balsam root, lupine, honeysuckle, and other flowers. A turkey vulture flew overhead for a bit, no doubt disappointed that I wasn’t lying alongside the trail. We also saw a couple of Lewis Woodpeckers and a couple of Mountain Bluebirds. We ended up hiking 9.7 miles with 1800 feet of elevation gain so it made for a full day. We will sleep good tonight.
Tomorrow morning, Kathy and I hit the road.