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Boise hits the big time!

Just learned that JetBlue is to offer a Boise to JFK flight starting this summer. I can't believe it!

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Well if it wasn't an 8 hour drive from my part of Idaho to your part of Idaho I'd consider it, lol!

Hope it leads to some good deals for you to the East Coast and on to Europe!

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Awesome! I know it’s exciting when your local airport begins a new route ( especially if it is non stop). We just got a new direct flight to Chicago ( a city I want to visit).

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Hey, Janet, you booked on a flight soon? Not me. Wife is NOT letting me travel beyond Pocatello till 2022 earliest, more likely 2023. I hope JetBlue can keep this route open till The Madness passes.

Here are some of the details taken from The Idaho Statesman:
"[JetBlue will] begin flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 2. It marks the New York City-based airline’s first entry into the Boise market.The redeye flights, offered four times a week, will leave Boise just before midnight and arrive in New York City at 6:30 a.m.Return flights will leave New York on the same days, departing JFK at 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time and arriving in Boise at 11:01 p.m. Mountain. The Airbus A320 that JetBlue plans to use on the Boise-New York City route can hold up to 162 passengers. JetBlue plans to offer the flights seasonally through Sept. 6 but could extend it based on the success of the route. The flights represent the farthest destination from the Boise Airport and the only one to the East Coast. Delta serves Atlanta and Minneapolis, while United and American fly to Chicago. Allegiant is scheduled to begin service to Nashville on May 28."

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It's Boy-C You know someone is not from Idaho if they say Boi-zee no matter what the original French pronunciation was, lol!

~signed, Pam from Corda Lane, ID

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And our former home was Montrose, Colorado. Is it MONT-ROSE or MON-TROSE?

No, Bogie - I'm not booked on any flights but haven't ruled out a driving trip somewhere this spring.

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First of all, good news that JetBlue will be flying to JFK. Secondly, with all this discussion of Boise (aka Boy-C) it makes me want to revisit. What I remember is the charming vibe of the city, and the wonderful cuisine (especially the Basque influence!). This could be an opportunity for a road trip in the future. ;)

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Mon-Trose of course, just like it's Wih-SCON-sin. And don't get me started on Beijing (which rhymes with fudging).

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“The redeye flights, offered four times a week,...”. That will keep me from booking that route if I’m heading beyond JFK. If something happens to a scheduled flight, I don’t want to be waiting 24 hours or possibly an extra day to take the next one.

My daughter & I traded a 3-week trip to Italy last year for a 3-day weekend in Boise! Since we had to cancel our trip, I used an Alaska flight credit from a different trip to spend the weekend in downtown Boise. We enjoyed our visit, and it also gave us good pre-Europe experience traveling together to make the real one more enjoyable when it happens. Rent the local bikes in Boise and enjoy the downtown, college campus & parks!

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Congratulations on jet blue!!

This should probably be a new thread, but yes, city names that have "evolved " past how the original speakers would pronounce it.... whether those speakers were French or indigenous persons......

And the inconsistencies.... its Des Plaines with each "s".... but its Duh Moine iowa

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Janis:

First of all, good news that JetBlue will be flying to JFK. Secondly, with all this discussion of Boise (aka Boy-C) it makes me want to revisit. What I remember is the charming vibe of the city, and the wonderful cuisine (especially the Basque influence!). This could be an opportunity for a road trip in the future. ;) <

Glad to have you (and your money) but I suggest you spend an hour or two on any of the many local fan and vibe sites to see if you really want to revisit. There's probably someplace you'd rather go for the first time instead of coming back to Boise. The last few years have been good for the local economies but we're a bit bigger, a bit less friendly, more expensive, with restaurants closing every week bu still more restaurants than the population should be able to support. The Madness has, of course, diminished cultural activity to near zero but we've have a remarkably mild winter here in the valley.

Core dee Lane ... and don't forget Lake Ponder Ay.

https://www.letsgoboise.com/basque-restaurants-in-boise/

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Speaking of unexpected pronunciation, while on Rick's Best of Scotland trip in 2019, our guide, Ann Doig, let us know the birthplace of golf was "san-TAN-drews" not "saint-ANN-drews". Go figure.

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And our former home was Montrose, Colorado

Oooh, Janet! Montrose was our gateway to the Southwest on several of our trips! It had a decent little airport, and we've eaten at Camp Robber a couple of times. Nice town. We've stayed at Red Arrow Inn and Black Canyon Motel and enjoyed them both.

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@ Kathy - I moved there when the airport terminal was one tiny room. A citified friend came to visit and ragged me by asking which luggage carousel he should go to!

Camp Robber is great. If you want a change, try Stone House restaurant or Colorado Boy Pizza on Main Street.

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I went through Montrose in the seventies...my gateway to Telluride, before it became too popular, when you could travel up the chairlift and ski down and never see another person...heaven. Sigh. Montrose let me carryon a large, framed painting. It hangs in my living room to this day onto, I swear, what seemed like a WWII airplane.

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Which was known locally as "the flying culvert." A close friend was on a flight when, after landing, the pilot came on and said, "We cheated death once more."

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Good news for Boise. I'm from the US, and the 8 hour drive comment hit me, does that poster live up by Bonner's Ferry? The size of some of the states surprises me sometime. NYC to Niagara Falls is a trudge of around 7 hours, I know some are surprised that NYS is that large, and that upstate means more than 45 minutes out of the big city, NYC.

And I have driven 4.5 hrs to Toronto or 5 hours to Newark to get a direct flight to Europe. Access to a good airport is a nice touch.

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A citified friend came to visit and ragged me by asking which luggage
carousel he should go to!

LOL, Janet! Yep, I remember that lone carousel well; even have a photo I snapped of it. Still, Santa Fe NM's airport sure isn't any bigger (unless that has changed in the last 15 months) and Montrose's was certainly nicer. SF's is sort of sad for a state capital but we love that city. Thanks for the restaurant recos!

PS: Idaho/Boise is still on our to-do list.

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My son and his family live in Boy-C and really love it there---great place to raise a family, and lots of outdoor activities. Their home is right on the edge of the foothills green belt, so when I visit I can cross the street and be on a trail for miles of hiking with their dog. The town is very bike-friendly and we often use bikes to get around the downtown area. Their kids, now 8 years old, have been biking and skiing with them since age 3.

Boise has changed a lot since they moved there in 2008, as bogiesan suggests. And the growth will continue---the city is high on the relocation list for lots of Californians who are sick and tired of wildfires, smoke, and power outages. Those Silicon Valley techies who will continue to work remotely can live anywhere, and many will choose a place like Boise for its family-friendly attributes.

My favorite time to be there is October, with the trees for which the city is named in full fall glory, and days mostly clear and crisp.

I see lots of interest in visiting from some here. Maybe we should schedule a Boise meetup during the next Jaialdi Basque Festival, which has been re-scheduled from 2020 to 2022.

https://www.jaialdi.com

What say you, Janet?

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"I'm from the US, and the 8 hour drive comment hit me, does that poster live up by Bonner's Ferry?"

Nope, I'm not that far north. Bonners adds another 1.5 hours on. The road from CdA to Boise is mostly 2-lane thru a few river canyons so a fairly slow drive.

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A large framed painting as a carry-on? Piece of cake.

When we lived in Alaska in the 1970’s, we carried on a disassembled radial arm saw (without the blade), divided into 2 bags, one for each of us. Our clothes were stuffed around the pieces as padding. I think our free baggage was maxed out by the 80 cc Kawasaki dirt bike we checked ( tied down on a pallet the airline provided),

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A meetup would be great, but isn't Jaialdi always in July? Ugh - too hot! You're right on with October, though there are tons of beautiful flowering trees in spring.

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"A meetup would be great, but isn't Jaialdi always in July? Ugh - too hot!"

Double ugh...used to have to go to a healthcare conference in Boise the 2nd week of July and it was ghastly. Even walking from the conference center back to the downtown hotel in the afternoons was horrible. Often over 100. A colleague and I used to hurry back to the hotel and head to the Mall where it was fairly cool and we could at least walk a bit to combat sitting in meetings all day!

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@bdokeefe Your 8 hours comment reminded me of when we attended Rick's tour reunion in Edmonds a few years back. We were happy to see our Eastern Europe tour guides (Katka and Jana....two truly amazing people). When I told Katka we'd driven six hours from eastern Washington (Pullman) to Edmonds, she couldn't believe it. Six hours in the same state? We could drive almost the whole way across Europe in that time!

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We were camping in the Canadian Rockies a few years ago and met a German family there. The father said he had a brother-in-law in the US and he was going to drop down for a visit the next day. I asked him where and he said Buffalo, NY.
When I told him how far that was, about 3000 km, his yes almost popped out. After a minute or two, he said I guess I will not see him tomorrow.

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Six hours in the same state? We could drive almost the whole way
across Europe in that time!

I think (hope) this was said in jest. It would definitely be wayyy more than 6 hours to drive across Europe. It would take more than 6 hours just to drive across Poland, where I am from.

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It would take more than 6 hours just to drive across Poland, where I am from.

I still remember in college when I was talking to one of my best friends (a native of Madrid) and mentioned offhand that I was sure there had to be a "bullet train," of an hour or so, from Brussels to Madrid.

Newsflash to my college self: Brussels to Madrid is 800 miles (1300 km) as the crow flies, about as far as Chicago to New Orleans. Rail is good in Europe but not exactly 1300 km/hour good...

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This is great news! Boise is turning into quite the boomtown these days. My company has an office there and I was surprised how young and kinda funky it was when I visited. My parents retired to North Idaho so definitely different!

That reminds me, Idaho has factored into many of our trip to Europe, though not the Boise airport.

The first time I went to Europe was for a wedding in Rome. We drove our one year old to my parents in Hayden Lake and flew from Spokane. Needless to say there isn't a Spokane-Rome nonstop. Nothing like taking a 3 hop flight, then driving with a one year old across the eastern deserts in August after.

The second time we met my parents at a park in Tri-Cities and exchanged two kids and a dog so we could go to Spain. Flew from Portland. I think this was too much for them because when we met after the trip to do the reverse they pretty much hopped back in their car and fled. "Can we buy you lunch?" "No thanks, bye!"

Now they have put their foot down. The kids are bigger and they are coming with us to Europe! (They can suffer the three hop flight from Spokane, lol)

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a healthcare conference in Boise the 2nd week of July and it was ghastly.

Presumably the topic was heat stroke and its treatment?

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^ ^...Hahaha, Joe. And no, it was not the subject. One year it was 114 downtown. Just ugh...