Summertime and the Living is Easy 

As we were putting together this issue, our Annual Summer Guide, I had two thoughts: First, there's lots of good stuff in here to keep me busy all summer long. Second, though the suggestions are great, it's almost overkill because one need only know one thing in order to get the most out of Boise in the summer: be outside. That may sound like a mandate to be more athletic than you're naturally inclined to be, but in Boise, so many of summer's best opportunities don't require Spandex or special gear. Nope, we're actually pretty good at taking life indoors and turning it inside out so that those who still want to watch movies, drink beer and catch a band don't have to sit in a dark place inside in the summertime to do it. Theater heads to the amphitheater. Live music cranks it up in the Grove. Movies flicker in the park. Happy hour populates sidewalk patios.

And it's with that in mind--the idea that the best of summer in Boise is simply moving our routine into the wild open space of this Western landscape in which we live--that we put together this edition of Summer Guide. Whether you just want suggestions on new places to pedal your cruiser for an after-work (or afternoon) beer or you're in need of a new trail to hike, we have ideas. The main story is a compendium of places and events not to miss--from midnight moon hikes to farmers markets in Boise's surrounding rural communities. In Food, Tara Morgan talks bikable patios, in Rec we take a look at road races, and if you must be productive, check out Arts for a collection of summer camps to keep your kids acting and painting and writing all summer long.

Also this week, I'd like to draw your attention to In the last week, there's been some interesting discussion online about who was at fault in an accident in which a police officer, driving the wrong direction on a one-way street while responding to a call, hit and injured a cyclist. And in news of the ironic, a story at Cobweb reported that #IDAHO was trending on Twitter, not in reference to our fair state but as an acronym for the International Day Against Homophobia.

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