When I lived in Idaho City, we would take drives along the Boise River. The Middle Fork Drive was our favorite, we would drive up to Atlanta and hot spring, swim hole hop all the way down to the reservoir. I decided our favorite hot spring would be the perfect place to hide my "Handiwork Divine" letterbox. This is a long, slow drive along the reservoir, so take a picnic lunch and your swimming suit.
I thought it would be fun to include
some pictures of Buckblackhoof, Music Chick, and Crazy Mountain Woman in those younger times. Buckblackhoof and Music Chick pose on a rock above the pools with Whisper and Nakina. Crazy Mountain Woman and Whisper relax in the hot water.
CLUES: From Boise, go north on Highway 21 to the turn off to Spring Shores. This is the road that goes to Atlanta. Drive past Spring Shores and Arrowrock Dam. You will follow this road for 46 to 47 miles to Roaring River Road. Take the bridge across the river. On the south side of the river there are parking spots on both sides of the road, park in one of them. On the left side of the road is a trail that leads to the hot springs. At the beginning of the trail there is a sign that warns "Don't get in hot water!" which lists the dangers of hot springs. Follow the trail up the river. You will first go downhill, then the trail levels out for a little bit. Before you start back up hill, there will be a large boulder on the right side of the trail. Face this boulder and look up the hill at a boulder slide. Slightly up the hill is another boulder, bigger than any surrounding it. On the south west side of this boulder you will find Handiwork Divine. (This is a fairly large stamp so bring a piece of 3 1/2 x 5-inch paper.)
There is plenty of room in this letterbox. If you would like to add a stamp that portrays the beauty of God's handiwork, you are more than welcome to add it to this box.
To return to Boise, it will be faster to continue up toward Atlanta and take the road after the Dutch Creek forest service complex (FR 327) toward the North Fork of the Boise River. There are two ways from here to reach Highway 21. I prefer the Little Owl Creek Road which brings you to Highway 21 at the Edna Creek Campground.