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A fifteen minute drive out of Boise leads to a trail that passes an abandoned, historic mine. Having done volunteer Fish and Game plantings in this area, I presumed the trail was not widely known and might afford safe, solo hiking in this time of COVID-19. Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the trailhead at 9 AM to find about eight cars crammed into the tiny parking area at the trailhead. Some miscreant wrote an article about the Adelman Mine in the local paper recently so this trail is no longer obscure.

I bit back my disappointment–or was that resentment? On the way, I had passed another entry into the Boise River Wildlife Management Area where I have also planted and monitored sage and bitterbrush. Heh, heh. There were no cars parked in this expansive but unimproved and low-profile parking lot. Of course there’s also not much of a trail either. This is mostly open grass and shrubland, hence important winter habitat for deer and elk. No trail, no shade, no destination and no people. What more could I want?

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Go west, young man, go west.

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What’s for breakfast?

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From dirt to dirt

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Gorilla face

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From fertilizer to flowers

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A peek at Lucky Peak Reservoir, the Owyhee Mountains visible across the valley.

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Another view of the reservoir, this time looking toward the Sawtooth mountains.

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Flourishing

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Upside down

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Wood or rock?

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Iconic Idaho –Sawtooth Mountains in the distance

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A rare selfie

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Don’t lose hope. We will survive