I've been living in the Treasure Valley for 9 months now and it's very different than I anticipated. Here's 5 things I wish I would have known before moving to Boise!

When I moved to Boise, I'll admit I carried a lot of stereotypes with me. I thought it was all about farmland and potatoes. Boy was I wrong!

Here's 5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Moving to Boise

Rick and Carly

1. Zoo Boise is Really Awesome! When I first arrived in Boise I heard things like "Oh we have a little zoo, but it isn't much." I took my first trip to Zoo Boise about a month ago and I was so impressed! They have everything there, monkey's, tigers, and wallaby's! I felt like it was small enough that your legs weren't exhausted by the end of it, but the animals were active when we went and there was plenty to see!


2. Eagle Road Sucks! I hate to be a "Negative Nelly," but Eagle Road in Meridian is horrible during rush hour. I found this out in the first few weeks of moving here. We were late to an event that we should have been way early to simply because Eagle Road was so jammed up. Since then I have spent hours on Eagle Road. My kids have been late, I've been late, and I have said far too many four letter words on Eagle Road. I don't know what the solution is, but avoid it during rush hour if you have any option!


3. Boise is Cool, Not Redneck!!:  Like I said, I thought everyone would be about 20 years behind the times in Boise. For some reason I grew up thinking Idaho was not cool. I could not have been more wrong. Now I'm telling everyone you have to come visit me, I live in the coolest city ever!! It's a great foodie city, I love the Boise River and the Green Belt, plus I'm convinced everyone is extra nice in Boise because they just like living here!


4. There is Very Little Snow in the Winter!: I come from Salt Lake City where there is a plethora of snow. I hate it. It can snow around Christmas time and that's about the only time it's welcome in my book! Yes it gets cold here, and we get a little snow, but we aren't out plowing the roads every day for 4-5 months. I love that! Plus, if you want to ski or snowboard, Bogus Basin is a quick 30-45 minutes away.


5. There is No Knitting at the Knitting Factory:  I'll never forget announcing our first concert at The Knitting Factory and having a discussion with Rick that went something like "Do they really hold concerts at a knitting factory out here? i can just imagine us standing around all the yarn!" No, The Knitting Factory is a very cool concert venue, and no yarn is involved!