Well, I find myself in the spot I've often heard many people talk about. Returning back to Boise. Three years ago I felt the "urge" to leave the Treasure Valley. I wanted to grow and experience the world on my own terms so I left,  only to realize Boise is where I ultimately want to be. Boise is a very unique place, I can say that now having experienced Bozeman, Peoria and Portland.

Here are the top five things I really missed about Boise:

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    1. Traffic (or lack there-of)

    Portland may be "hipsters paradise" but don't try making it across town to grab a craft beer around rush hour. I felt like it was a struggle any time we left the house, and forget about it when it rains (it always rains).  Driving from Oregon back into Boise I was please to see I-84 in Idaho has more than it does Portland.

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    The Boise Greenbelt

    My appreciation for Boise's greenbelt comes from the time I spent in Illinois. If you've never been to the mid-west your not missing much. There's corn, a lot of corn, and that's about it. It's refreshing to come back to a place that prides itself on offering amenities that highlight natures beauty, and boy is the greenbelt stunning.


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    Pat's Thai Kitchen

    I don't consider myself a foodie, but I do enjoy a good bowl of Spicy Noodle soup. I searched long and hard but failed to find a place to satisfy my urge for authentic Thai like Pat's Thai Kitchen in Boise.

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    Boise Music Festival

    What's better than 80,000 people celebrating different styles and genres of music? Nothing. I've seen the festival grow from year one, when Brett Michaels hit the stage to our most recent BMF with huge headliners like Flo Rida and the Band Perry. 10 years later I'm still just as excited to attend.

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    The People

    This is what I consider to be the crown jewel of Boise. In most places people are people, usually a mix of good and bad, but people in Boise tend to be more good than bad.

    The difference was apparent as soon as I arrived. When people pass they say hello. I see acts of kindness and courteousness every time is step out. There’s laughter in the hallways. People care about the community and they the pride shows. It’s a good thing and I missed it/you.

  • Honorable Mentions

    • Boise State Games
    • Cowgirls In Kuna
    • Barbacoa
    • Table Rock
    • Merrits
    • Lucky Peak
    • 4th of July Mccall
    • Downtown Boise