Sixteen and a half years ago, as newlyweds, we packed up both of our cars with all of our earthly possessions and drove to Orange County, California - worlds away from our home town of Boise, Idaho. "Les Bois," as the French Canadian fur trappers exclaimed when they made their way over the desert foothills and laid eyes on the wooded valley.
16 years, 2 daughters, and one giant U-haul later, we've come back. Maybe for a year, maybe more. But here we are.
Already we've immersed ourselves in traditional Boise summer activities.
The 30th Boise Twilight Criterium, an annual cycling race that takes place in the streets of downtown Boise, culminates with the final Pro Men's race riding laps at tremendous speeds for 90 minutes.
|30th Annual Boise Twilight Criterium|
|101st Snake River Stampede. Thanks for the hats, Aunt Rita!|
To cap off our initial weeks, I met up with one of my oldest Boise friends for lunch. It's been 8 years since we've seen each other, and it was like we saw each other last week. Funny coincidence, the place we chose for lunch, The Hyde House, was once a tea house that supplied all of the tea for my wedding favors 17 years ago. This friend, by the way, was in my wedding.
|The Hyde House. Watermelon Gazpacho? Yes, please!|
One moment in particular was the arrival of a housewarming gift from my friend Alex at Nelson's Tea. She knows my love of black tea blends, so I've been enjoying the morning with what I view as the perfect summer blend, Summer Sol Ambrosia. With hints of fruit and safflower, there's the perfect balance of malt and sunshine. I've also been indulging in Honey Pear, which has just the lightest essence of pear and sweetness.
These are the perfect accompaniments for my morning view on my back porch.