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Hallowe’en on Harrison, 2019 Edition


It’s two posts today! In Ada County, where Boise is located, the best trick or treating is along Harrison Boulevard, in the North End, about four blocks from WC’s house. Entire battalions of kids and their parents head there on Hallowe’en. The City closes the street for the occasion, the homeowners along the boulevard go…

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The Great Pumpkin Caper


Mrs. WC’s Twitter and Facebook posts of the squirrel in the pumpkin have been pretty popular. WC thinks you might enjoy the back story. Our first autumn in Boise, we tried using pumpkins as Hallowe’en decorations. It was less than successful: the hordes of introduced Eastern Fox Squirrels that plague the north end of Boise…

Spawning Salmon, not, alas, in the Salmon River Drainage

Congratulations to All 15 Sockeye


WC offers his sincere congratulations to all fifteen sockeye salmon who made it back to Redfish Lake in 2019. Your return represents a triumph. Not just of the usual challenges an anadromous fish faces in returning to its spawning grounds, although Bog knows, those are challenging enough. Migrating past voracious predators – orca, sea lions…

Duck Lake, altitude 6,800 feet, Central Idaho

Lick Creek Notebook: September 2019


It’s been 25 years since wildfire devastated the Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine forest at Lick Creek Summit, at the divide between the Payette and Salmon River drainages. At 6,500 feet and higher, the terrain just doesn’t recover that quickly, especially from a really hot fire like the 1994 blaze. Lick Creek Road climbs up…

Idaho Batholith at Lick Creek Summit, northeast of McCall, Idaho

Geology Is Messy: The Idaho Batholith


The Idaho Batholith is a vast chunk of granite that dominates central Idaho. It’s some 15,400 square miles of rock. People talk about it as if it’s a gigantic, homogenous lump of stone. It’s not. Geology is complicated. Most, but not all, geologists agree the Batholith was formed when the Pacific Plate subsumed under the…