Even though it's October there is still some color to be seen in the desert which surrounds our city.
If it weren't for the Boise River there wouldn't be anything green here at all. Boise is known as the City of Trees, but thanks must go to the river for that title.
The name Boise is supposed to have come from Frenchmen, who, when they saw our little valley, said, "Les bois, les bois." (The trees, the trees). I guess they must have been so excited to see anything but sagebrush after a long trek across southern Idaho. Lucky for us, the desert can be very beautiful at times, with canyons and such. And the pine tree covered mountains are just an hour away from downtown Boise.
By the way, Boise is pronounced Boy-see, NOT Boy-zee as is so often heard coming from out-of-towners.