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Hallowe’en on Harrison


As WC has reported here before, Hallowe’en is a pretty big deal on Harrison Boulevard here in the North End of Boise. Thousands of young extortionists trick or treaters arrive from all over Ada County. The homeowners on Harrison Boulevard – in addition to laying in thousands of candies for the hordes – do their…

Sidewalk, Installed 1912, Boise

North End Sidewalks: A Photo Essay


WC grew up without sidewalks. Except for a few years Outside in Eugene, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois, attending school, WC hasn’t been around sidewalks very much. Which may explain WC’s fascination with them here in the North End of Boise. The North End of Boise was platted in the late 1880s, a few years before…

Gopher, San Diego, California

Will WC’s Readers Gopher This?


Someone has to be at the base of the food chain. In Idaho, the Idaho Pocket Gopher joins several species of ground squirrels in that role: food for someone else. If you like watching hawks, falcons and eagles, or coyotes and badgers, you have to admire their prey. In Idaho, the primary gopher species is…

Silver City, looking southeast; note mine spoil at upper right

Road Trip: Silver City, Idaho


The Owhyee Mountains in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon aren’t the product of a single geologic event, or even the same series of events. In the case of the parts of the Owhyees around Silver City, Idaho, it’s more of a damaged geologic layer cake: Cretaceous granodiorite, which penetrates Paleozoic sedimentary rock, all overlain with…

Long-billed Dowitcher, Blacks Creek Reservoir, July 2017

Birding Blacks Creek Reservoir


WC spent a morning walking around Blacks Creek Reservoir. Blacks Creek is a small, mostly seasonal irrigation reservoir located a few miles southeast of Boise. The reservoir is a patchwork of ownership interests, but an effort led by Golden Eagle Audubon Society a few years ago has created a birding gem. The reservoir varies from…