Boise Idaho: River Rafting


For Boise Idaho residents, there’s nothing better on a warm summer afternoon than renting a raft or tube at Barber Point and enjoying a leisurely float down the river to Ann Morrison Park.

Looking for more adventure?

Try the Main, North, or South forks of the Payette River handling the runoff from 3,000 square miles of drainage from the Sawtooth Range and the Salmon River Basin.

You can choose from calmer waters on the Main Fork for a leisurely float, or you can tackle Class 4 or 5 rapids on the upper stretches of the river.

My favorite run is the Cabarton Section, which offers mostly calm to moderate water, punctuated by several challenging rapids including a plunge into a deep pool just before the take-out point at Smiths Ferry.

Best of all, The Payette River Scenic Byway is about one hour North of Boise!


Boise Idaho Community Profile

The locals describe Boise Idaho as the biggest small town you’ll ever experience, and it’s true.

With a population of more than 200,000, there’s still a feeling of community for those of us fortunate enough to call the Boise area “home”.

There are many distinct neighborhoods of Boise, including the older North End, The Bench, Southeast Boise, and various other areas. Each has its own unique flavor and neighbors seem to get to know each other despite the overall size of the city.

People are friendly in Boise.

So friendly, in fact, that some newcomers find it odd when perfect strangers look them in the eye, say “hi”, or hold a door open for them.

In stark contrast to other major metropolitan areas, Boise’s crime rate is surprisingly low. We have somehow managed to avoid the problems of other major cities.

Full Disclosure: We did have four murders last year!   :-(   

It’s refreshing to be able to walk the downtown streets late at night without being afraid for your safety.

The Boise River runs through downtown Boise and offers dozens of miles of riverside greenbelt complete with walking and biking trails. Ann Morrison Park, Julia Davis Park, and Kathryn Albertson Park interconnect alongside the Boise river to provide ample places for family picnics, sporting events, concerts, fishing, and other activities.

And, our beautiful four-season climate provides enough variety to make things interesting without having to deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, and other challenges common to many areas of the country.

Our summer weather is warm, but not unbearable, thanks to our high desert environment. Winters are usually mild with a few dustings of snow that disappear by afternoon.

Spring and Fall in Boise can only be described as “delicious”!

A multitude of recreational opportunities exist within an hour’s drive of downtown Boise. For skiers, there’s Bogus Basin Ski Area, located about 45 minutes above downtown Boise. The terrain includes everything from bunny slopes to black diamonds, offering ample challenges for even the best skiers.

If you enjoy fly fishing or camping, the nearby Payette River Scenic Byway, McCall, Stanley, and Sun Valley all offer abundant recreational sites.

Perhaps best of all is our relatively affordable housing. Entry-level homes start around $150,000 in many segments of our real estate market, and you get a lot of house for less than $300,000 in many attractive subdivisions with ample common areas and nearby shopping.

For a little more, you can expect to get a very high-quality custom home in a gorgeous planned community.

For more information about Boise Idaho, visit the Boise Chamber of Commerce website.


Boise Crime Rate Falls Dramatically

The Boise crime rate has been low for a long time, but recent statistics confirm that Boise’s crime rate has declined dramatically since 2005.

Here are some interesting Boise crime statistical comparisons.


  • 2005: 1,320
  • 2014: 710
  • % Change: -46%

Driving While Intoxicated

  • 2005: 2,032
  • 2014: 1,054
  • % Change: -48%


  • 2005: 814
  • 2014: 1,141
  • (Most Boise fraud is now credit card fraud)

Traffic Citations

  • 2005: 3,780
  • 2014: 1,957
  • % Change: -48%

Assault and Battery

  1. 2005: 102
  2. 2014: 160
  3. % Change: +57%


  • Boise recorded just four murders in 2014.
  • In comparison, Spokane and Lake City (with similar populations), reported murder rates 4-5 times higher than Boise.
  • Four murders is a slow day in Chicago, Baltimore, and many other U.S. cities.

Source: Idaho Statesman


Idaho Unemployment: 3.8%

The Idaho unemployment rate remained at 3.8% for the month of April 2015.

That number represents a 7-year low, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

63.7% of Idahoans are currently employed or looking for work.

Idaho’s robust housing market, combined with a seasonal increase in jobs, resulted in a 7.6% increase in construction-related employment.

The national unemployment rates was 5.4% during April.

It’s good to live in Idaho!  😀


Boise Carpet Cleaning: The Carpet Geek

The Carpet Geek

The Carpet Geek

It’s time for your Spring carpet cleaning!

I recommend Charlie Lyman, aka The Carpet Geek.

I’ve used and recommended Charlie for the past 14 years; most recently last Friday.

He’s reliable, skilled, and the results from his powerful, truck-mounted high-tech system are exceptional.

In addition to carpet cleaning, Charlie also offers upholstery cleaning and carpet repairs (including replacing carpet that has been chewed up by enthusiastic young German Shepherds  😥 )

Unlike some other carpet cleaning services, Charlie won’t leave your carpet soaking wet.

You’ll like his reasonable prices too.

Our German Shepherd, Steffie, also appreciates his attention to detail!

Give Charlie a call at (208)855-5715 and tell him I sent you!