A Stop in Boise, then On to Oregon

Dayville, OR

After leaving Twin Falls, ID we continued northwest on I-84  about 20 miles past Boise, where we had two nights reserved at Ambassador RV Resort outside the town of Caldwell.  We booked two nights to give us a day to look around the city.  We intended to ride our bikes around the downtown area and nearby Boise State University.  But a cold, windy day with occasional showers limited our touring.

State Capitol Building in downtown Boise

Laurel (Raven and Chickadee) had suggested that we stop at Basque Market in the downtown area and try some of their Paella.  We stopped there in mid-afternoon and found they had one serving remaining.  We decided to split the serving , which turned out to be a good move as we found it to be large enough to feed two people.  Lauren was definitely correct, the Paella was delicious.

We really enjoy touring college campuses on our bikes, so we were disappointed with the rainy weather.  But we did get to drive through Boise State to see some of the campus.

Their mascot is the bronco

Graduation was being held the next day outside in their football stadium so people were busy setting up for the event, but we managed to talk one volunteer into letting us inside the gate for a couple of quick photos.  The facility is named Albertsons Stadium, as Boise is the corporate headquarters for the supermarket chain of the same name.

Boise State has a very successful football program and the stadium is well-known for its blue turf field.

After staying in Caldwell an extra day due to high winds and thunderstorms, we continued our journey to the west.  About 30 miles up I-84 we crossed the Snake River into Oregon.

Just a few miles into Oregon we left the interstate and headed west on US-26.  This is a nice, two lane road that winds its way through a number of small towns then up through Malheur National Forest.

The Strawberry Mountains

Coming out of the Malheur National Forest US-26 follows the John Day River past several more small towns.  We drove to the little community of Dayville (pop. 150) where we had a reservation at the Fish House Inn and RV Park.  Jodee and Bill (On the Road Abode) stayed here last year and recommended it to us.  This beautiful little facility has a few small rooms for rent and a six site RV park.  The park is immaculate, with level sites and nicely trimmed grass.

We will be here in Dayville for the next three nights as we tour parts of the nearby John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  More on that later . . .

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14 Responses to A Stop in Boise, then On to Oregon

  1. exploRVistas says:

    Not too sure I could get used to watching a football game on a blue field. :). That little RV park is on our radar!

  2. Sue says:

    Looking forward to your Oregon posts, one of our favorite states. Looks like the Fish House is the place to stay in Dayville. We stayed at Clyde Holliday State Recreation area and we had to fight for and then defend our site! It was very pretty but buggy.

  3. Jeff Pierce says:

    A great location, hope the weather stays cool enough to enjoy a few days of exploring, hiking and fossil hunting.

  4. Jim and Barb says:

    Second only to Utah, Oregon is our second favorite state to drive through, the varying terrain and scenery is absolutely beautiful.

  5. Gerri & Mike says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen blue turf….quite different!! Beautiful picture of the Strawberry Mountains!! Looking forward to your adventures in Oregon!!


  6. Laurel says:

    So glad you enjoyed the paella at the Basque Market. We were surprised (and delighted!) by the delicious food offerings in Boise, as well as the great biking along the river and downtown. Bummer that the weather didn’t cooperate — gives you a reason to return, right? 🙂 Glad to know you like the Fish House RV Park so well — we’ve thought about staying there when we return to spend more time in John Day.

  7. libertatemamo says:

    All the many times we’ve been to Boise we’ve never sampled the Basque cuisine there. Something to rectify! Your site near the Painted Hills looks awesome!


  8. Gay says:

    What a bummer that the weather didn’t cooperate for your bike ride.
    Fish House RV Park looks wonderful! Enjoy…

  9. Too bad you didn’t get to bike around Boise. We loved the Greenbelt trail along the river.
    Did you go inside the courthouse? It was really impressive.

  10. Sherry says:

    Sorry to hear your campus bike ride was weathered out. Am really looking forward to your visit to the Fossil Beds. Looks like a nice place to stay. I love sweet little parks.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    I’m starting to look at a route for Idaho and a good paella is a definite draw :-)) I’m happy to see the Fish Camp is still a gem. It’s definitely a spot we want to return to.

  12. It sure has been a wet spring. Glad you avoided the wind.

  13. LuAnn says:

    Boise is a city we have yet to explore. Too bad you weren’t able to take in that bike ride.

  14. geogypsy2u says:

    You did pretty good getting out despite the weather. Haven’t eaten Basque food since living in Bakersfield over 20 years ago. Looks like a sweet little RV Park.

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