Boise River rafting essentials to close beginning of Labor Day weekend

Treasure Valley residents stay cool in 100-degree weather Tuesday in Boise. Photo by Kayla Cash --

Treasure Valley residents stay cool in 100-degree weather Tuesday in Boise. Photo by Kayla Cash —

Here’s the news from KBOI Boise. Enjoy before the summer season ends! — The Raft & Tube rental concession, Barber Park shuttle service and the pay parking kiosk will be closed Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend due to cooler temperatures and thunderstorms in the forcast.

Ada County Parks & Waterways announced Wednesday that the last open day of the season will be Monday, Sept. 7, following the inclement weather closures this weekend.

Officials say this season has produced record revenues because of “near-perfect” weather conditions for rafting on the Boise River. Monday will be the last opportunity to enjoy river-recreating at Barber Park.

The shuttle departs from Ann Morrison Park every 20 minutes from noon to 9 p.m.

Barber Park has equipment for rent as well as air stations to fill up personal rafts and tubes.

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River Surfing Hawaii Sytle

A Waimea Bay event as suffer Jamie O’Brien and friends open up the overflowing Waimea Bay river and creates the best river surfing waves of the year! Look out Boise River Park!

Rafting the Salmon River

Great video on what you’re missing if you haven’t tried a rafting adventure. The Salmon River does not disappoint!

Pursue Leisure and Recreation With Outdoor Adventure Camps (salena sallie)

Red Rocks

If you want to set your world rolling, then an outdoor activity or an adventure camp can certainly be a solution. Many adventure enthusiasts find extreme pleasure in staying outdoors for a few days, every year. Pristine views and serenity bring instant smiles to their faces. Enrolling for outdoor expeditions break monotony in the schedule and make people pursue leisure and recreation. Such people enjoy proximity to the nature and its offerings. Well, keeping this thought in mind, schools have commenced adventure summer camps for teens, where the kids are taken outdoors for a few days. A famous protagonist once said, “The world isn’t build with a ramp”. This phrase fits here perfectly highlighting the importance of travelling. Also, these adventure camps are designed in such a manner that each participant takes back a lot of learning with him or her.

Lakeside Camping

Summer season is the most suitable season for organising outdoor camps. Also, activities such as kayaking, trekking, biking, rock climbing, caving, whitewater rafting, and many others can be included in the itinerary plan. Each activity is adventurous and spine-chilling. Most of the schools formulate tie-ups with professional outdoor camping organizers and make sure everything fits to a tee. Starting with rock-climbing to backpacking later in the night, each activity is well planned in advance. Also, many camps allow participants to take their bikes along. Biking on mountainous terrains is something worth experiencing. Similarly, white-water rafting calls for an adrenaline rush in teenagers. All of these activities help in exploring internal strengths and weaknesses within an individual.


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In Kitchens, the Design May Trump Cooking

Home owners continue to invest in their kitchens but cooking appears to be coming in secondary to the design of the space, according to the latest American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey which focused on kitchen and bath design trends.

“The major point of emphasis in kitchen design nowadays revolves less around actual cooking activities,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. ”Rather, home owners are looking for kitchens that are gathering spots for family and entertaining, as well as serving as a hub for electronic devices and recharging stations.”

Many of the architect respondents surveyed by AIA noted the revival of kitchen as the “hearth” of the home in the traditional sense: for family gathering, for entertaining, and for daily activities.

Indeed, the kitchen has become the “activator” – the main space in a residence and a center of operations in a home, says James Walbridge, chair of AIA’s custom residential architects network.

“The design requirements often include high functionality to accommodate multiple activities,” Walbridge says. “The aesthetics of the kitchen have also changed as the composition and material selections have elevated the space to become an essential focal point of the total design.”



The following are some of the most popular kitchen products and features identified by architects in the latest AIA survey:

  • LED lighting
  • Computer area/recharging station
  • Larger pantry space
  • Upper-end appliances
  • Double island
  • Adaptability/universal design
  • Drinking water filtration systems

As for bathroom remodeling, accessibility requirements and energy efficiency are driving more household redesigns. The survey identified the following popular bathroom products and features:

  • LED lighting
  • Doorless showers
  • Adaptability/universal design
  • Large walk-in showers
  • Stall shower without tub
  • Water saving toilets
  • Radiant heated floors



By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine



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Idaho-Miles of River to Enjoy

9596916_sIf you haven’t noticed by now, the state of Idaho has a lot of water running through it. Although the state has a score of fishing enthusiasts and boating enthusiasts who enjoy its many waters, there are also scores of people who come here from all over the world and quietly take part in ‘God’s country.’ Due to the mountainous terrain and a lot of million year old tectonic smashery, we are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of a wild and awesome conflux of river systems that bring us food, power sources and fun.

It is said that Idaho has over 3,100 miles of river. Let’s see. We have the Snake River (1,078 miles), Salmon River (425 miles) Payette River (83 miles), Clearwater River (75 miles), Boise River (102 miles), Couer D’Alene River (37 miles), Lochsa River (70 miles), Henry’s Fork (127 miles), Middle Fork Salmon River (112 miles), St. Joe (160 miles), Selway River (100 miles), Teton River (81 miles), Potlach, Little Lost, North Fork Payette, Camas Creek, Weiser, Priest, Fall, Blackfoot, Succor Creek, Indian Creek, , Big Wood, Latah, Portneuf, Moyie. Okay, I’m tired. That doesn’t cover all of the rivers, but it gives you a general idea that we are lucky as lucky can be.

Any direction you want to go, you can always count on some whitewater flowing like highways from the heavens, sometimes along highways, sometimes acting as state borders and sometimes just streaming into form a lake, like Lake Couer D’Alene. All told, like Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz, ‘there’s no place like home.’ So, if you are thinking about where you want to plan your summer vacation, you might just try your own backyard. Heck, even if you want to stay right here in Boise and float, fish or relax in the famed Boise River, you really have to appreciate the vast waters that encapsulate the great state we live in.

Idaho may not be able to boast that we have professional sports teams or important financial and collegiate institutions, but when it comes to the great outdoors, we really have it as good as anybody could wish for. The one river that comes to mind the most for me is the River of No Return (Salmon River). Its wild waters bring people from all over the world to lose themselves in the wonder of the canyons, the historic Indian writings and dwellings on the canyon walls and the overall fresh, clean air that brings people back time and time again.

So, if you ever start to feel like Idaho isn’t getting quite enough acclaim, just remember the 3,100 miles of river that God has blessed us with. That is all the acclaim we will ever really need. A wordless, powerful gift from the heavens, flowing all over the state.

What a $1 Million Home Looks Like

ZillowThis six-bedroom home in the Buckhead area of Atlanta listed for $995,000 and has 5,300 square feet of living space.

Television shows like “Million Dollar Listing” display some of the hottest listings in Los Angeles and New York, but what will a cool million buy around the rest of the country?

Plenty of noteworthy million-dollar homes for sale can be found outside of these two metropolises. Whether your taste leans toward modern marvels, restored historics, or opulent Mediterraneans, these million-dollar listings will give you a thrill.


4251 Perry St.
For sale: $950,000


Denver, CO



Built in 2015, this four-bedroom, three-bath modern home is perfect for those looking for the hottest architectural trends of the moment.

See more homes listed in Denver.


3060 SW 4th Avenue
For sale: $999,500


Miami, FL



Surrounded by lush foliage, this three-bedroom, 3.5-bath Mediterranean home feels like a European villa and is equipped with a coveted modern interior.

See more Miami homes for sale.


6405 Royal Lane
For sale: $975,000


Dallas, TX



This five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom brick home is waiting for you to make it your castle — complete with an extravagant iron staircase, soaring ceilings, and landscaped backyard with a pool and spa.

See more homes listed in Dallas.


6245 Chatham Drive South
For sale: $998,000


Seattle, WA int



If the luxurious interior and the lush exterior of this midcentury modern home are not enough, the views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier and the city will win your heart.

See more Seattle homes for sale.


2215 Pillsbury Ave S
For sale: $999,900


Minneapolis, MN



Built by famed Minneapolis-based architect Harry Wild Jones, this three-story colonial revival is a gem, boasting modern updates and an in-ground pool.

See more homes for sale in Minneapolis.


5011 N Oakley Ave.
For sale: $999,000


Chicago, IL



This newly constructed four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home brings comfort to city living with an enormous high-end kitchen and a spacious back deck.

See more homes for sale in Chicago.


2914 Wyngate Drive NW
For sale: $995,000


Atlanta, GA



Perched on almost an acre of land, this six-bedroom, five-bath estate evokes the essence of a bygone era, with a spiral staircase, elegant crown molding, and a tranquil sunroom.

See more Atlanta homes for sale.


2260 NE 30th Avenue
For sale: $989,000


Portland, OR



This lovely five-bedroom, three-bath Tudor home is loaded with unique architectural details, including arches and mahogany woodwork.

See more homes listed in Portland.


5100 Piper Glen Drive
For sale: $999,000


Charlotte, NC



The special features of this five-bedroom, 6.75-bathroom brick home include a 1,000-bottle wine cellar and a guest apartment with elevator access to all floors.

See more homes listed in Charlotte.

San Jose

1669 Curtner Avenue
For sale: $964,900


San Jose, CA



This three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home has a private courtyard entrance that leads to a completely remodeled interior with an open floor plan, with updates such as a large gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances.

See more homes for sale in San Jose.

By Sharona Ott

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Fanci-Freez: a Food Truck, Thousands of Milkshakes and a Baby

Fanci Freez owners Meagan and Chris Bauer - JEREMY LANNINGHAM

  • Jeremy Lanningham
  • Fanci Freez owners Meagan and Chris Bauer

In 2014, Boise Weekly sat down with Fanci Freez owners Chris and Meagan Bauer, who talked about a lofty goal: to sell 100,000 milkshakes and Boston shakes that year. They achieved their goal and then some, selling 102,000 shakes.

“We did it, man,” Chris told Boise Weekly.

The Bauers said they want to sell 110,000 shakes in 2015. What’s more, they’ve recently built a $200,000 food truck that made its debut at the McCall Winter Carnival earlier this year. The truck contains a full cooking line, deep-fryers and milkshake blenders—all of which can ordered at the counter or at the truck’s portable drive-through window. Since finishing the truck in November 2014, the Fanci Freez team has taken it to every event possible to let people know the iconic burgers-and-shakes joint is mobile.

While the Bauers were “pretty bummed” they wouldn’t be able to get into the Western Idaho Fair, the truck is scheduled to make appearances at the Canyon County Fair (July 23-26, Canyon County Fairgrounds) and the Mountain Home Music Festival (July 31-Aug. 2). When it isn’t feeding festival goers, the Fanci Freez food truck will be in the parking lot of the Like-Nu Car Wash at the corner of Latah and Alpine streets on the bench. It will be open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

“It’s a matter of getting penciled in and scheduling,” Chris said.

Notably, the truck made an appearance at Treefort Music Fest 2015, commanding long lines for hamburgers and shakes. More notably, the truck beat a hasty exit during the festival on March 21, when Fanci Freez employee and part-owner Joyce Kellogg went into labor while working the cook line. She later gave birth to a baby girl, Ava.

“We figured it’d happen at Treefort,” Kellogg said.

Joyce Kellogg and her husband, Tyler, entered into an agreement in October 2014 to purchase 40 percent of Fanci Freez from the Bauers, and the food truck was their idea. The Bauers said they were initially hesitant about investing in a food truck, but the Kelloggs said it has helped them “build the brand” in the Treasure Valley and beyond. Between now and October, when they’ll park the truck for the winter, is to make the food truck a staple for festivals and large-scale events.

“Next year we’ll be able to set definite sales goals,” Tyler said.

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Your Body is a Machine. Give it the Right Fuel to Run On.

running coupleAre you looking for an excuse to get active?  How about you’ll get to eat more?  It’s true, active people need more calories than sedentary ones because a body in motion needs more fuel than one that is stationary.  The calorie requirements of long distance or ultra-long distance athletes are legendary.  Two-time Olympic marathon medalist, Frank Shorter, once said (as he was sitting down to an enormous stack of pancakes before a race) “I don’t know if I eat like this so that I can run, or if I run so that I can eat like this.”  Some elite athletes have been known to consume more than 15,000 calories per day, whereas a sedentary adult can slide by on 1,500 to 2,500.    [Read more…]