As the date got closer and closer, I decided to make this trip extra special for Zack, since he did describe this concert as a 'bucket list item' for him. I wanted to make sure we did what he wanted, had food and music he liked and to make the weekend as memorable as possible. I had a fun time planning the music, food and ideas for the trip. After we had gotten everything ready, dropped off Penny in Albion, I told Zack to sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. We had a nice drive down, the trip took about 6 hours. And it's a really pretty drive! It was nice to have some time just to ourselves, and have discussions and conversations about almost everything.
|Dropping off Penny--her head is in my lap, she can't stay away from me sometimes...|
We only had a few hours before the concert by the time we arrived in Boise (even with ALL of my prep work, I had forgotten that Boise is on MST than PST, so we lost an hour!), so we quickly scoped out downtown Boise and got dinner at a place called Fork. Everything was really delicious and it was so nice to walk down the block to the theater!
|Pretty for dinner!|
|Lest you forget how silly Zak is..|
|It was weird explaining to the waitress that we were here for a concert, not an anniversary?|
|Zak's delicious BLAT sandwich & salad|
|This was my face the entire time I ate my dish of salmon with pasta and a basil/caper sauce.|
As one might imagine, the line was 99% your typical hipster 20-something college aged kids. I felt a little out of place, because it seemed like everyone there had the same obsession and intensity about the concert like Zack. I just did my best to make the night enjoyable for both of us. The theater was this really neat Egyptian-themed theater. And when I said themed, I mean the entire stage and columns were covered in Egyptian-style scenes of people, activities, animals. It was pretty cool!
|Before the line formed|
|I loved these pillars|
The opener act was ok, but very slow and quiet. I took a mini-nap in the seat (nice movie theater ones, even) By the time Jeff Mangum took the stage, the excitement in the room was noticeable. He put on a very excellent show and encouraged the audience to sing along. I hadn't listened to him that much previously (mostly when Zack had it on in the house), and it's not really my taste of music but I was thoroughly impressed with the concert. He is very talented and passionate about his music. I'm pretty sure Zack was singing along to every song. I even sang along to the ones I knew! It was an excellent concert and I'm really glad we were able to make it. We weren't allowed to take any pictures, but I did manage to record the encore on a voice memo for memories.
|Proof we were there. And unsure of where to look for the picture.|
|Really wish we could've taken off with a poster, but it wasn't an option.|
The next morning we didn't have to leave immediately, so we had a leisure-filled morning of watching Rambo on the hotel tv and eating breakfast. Once we checked out, we briefly explored the Gem & Mining Museum and then got back on the road.
|ROCKS AND THE LIKE.|
|Definitely 'not touching' the mining explosive thing..|
|Where I would've been sent in the early days of Idaho history...|