Laura’s First Time at Kirkham

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January 4, 2014

Our eldest child Laura in town on holiday break from school at Washington State University seems a good reason to soak in our favorite hot spring, Kirkham, especially since Laura has never been there.

Long Hike
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With the campground gate closed for winter it’s about 100 yards from parking to the hot springs. Flip-flops and 26°F can make it seem a tad farther. Brenna has had her pink bag packed with hot spring supplies since we told her we’d go a couple weeks ago.

Beneath the steam
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Kirkham Hot Springs have attracted Boiseans for a century.¹ We like it because it’s more than a soak. The kids can play for hours in the pools and falls.

  1. Idaho Statesman, “Boise Forest Invites You” (July 20, 1917)
Mermaids
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Box wine and mermaids are a couple of our hot spring staples.

Mustache
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Rock collection
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We tried to get Kayla along to complete the sister trio but since declining to exit the car for a Hulls Gulch walk on February 19, 2007,¹ she hasn’t participated in our family outings. So be careful bringing your kids to Hulls Gulch, I think.

  1. Flickr, “Lower Hull’s Gulch”: flickr.com/…/72157594546332339
Slush flow
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Brenna came to the river’s edge with me but wouldn’t wade in. She’s smart. So I put slush on her back when she wasn’t looking. She retaliated with sand. We formed a truce and put slush on mom’s head to the delight of almost everyone.

Hot shower
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Winter green
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Winter green
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Frost-cicles
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Wrinkled toes
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Waterslide
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Vexed
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Cheese stick
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Equilibrium
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Privacy
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Riding on the hood
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Snow in the mountains
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The sun was setting as we climbed into the mountains from the Payette. Ridgeline snow reflecting pink clouds was a fond reminder of the last time Jessica and I motorcycled this way.¹ A sliver moon did little to abate the ensuing darkness and the car fell quiet as I threaded us through the thick night.

  1. Trail Image, “Wintry Backroads to Lowman”: trailimage.com/wintry-backroads-to-lowman