Boise's Stonehenge - A Good Place for Pagans and Hippies
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If you've visited the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Idaho Botanical Garden, or Quarry View Park, you've driven right by this artwork and probably never noticed it was there. The pale Idaho rock slabs don't stand out very much, and you have to look at the right angle to even begin to think it's more than just some big rocks lying flat on the ground. But it's there, tucked into the side of a hillock, just waiting to be explored.
Rumor has it the large rocks at this location were placed in the recognizable Stonehenge-type formation over thirty years ago. No one knows who did it, or more importantly, why they did it. This lends a little mystery to the site, just like the original Stonehenge across the pond. Was it the work of an inspired student of history with access to heavy equipment? Was it intended to be a monument to the old rock quarry in the area? Did aliens come to Boise and build a sacred time portal? You'll have to take a look and decide for yourself.
After you've checked out the main formation and its cool rock tunnel, wander over toward the botanical garden and see the smaller rock display that features some elongated rock slabs stuck vertically into the ground. Look closely around the base of the rocks and you just might find some hidden treasure.
On my first trip to Boise's Stonehenge, back in 2008 or so, I discovered that the monumental slabs of rock had a guardian marmot. From afar you could see the marmot on top of the rocks, sunning itself in the early spring sun. He wasn't very good at his job, however, because there was some random graffiti, trash, and tumbleweeds on the inside of the rock tunnel. All he seemed skilled at doing was leaving marmot crap all over the place.
On a recent trip back to the site I couldn't find any sign of marmots. Instead, it appears the locale is now the favorite nighttime hangout for mule deer and hippies, both of which leave copious signs of their after-dark activities. The scattered piles of deer droppings in the vicinity are tolerable and avoidable. However, if you actually want to get up close and walk inside the art, you can't avoid the pro-foreskin hippie scat, which is what I call the copious amount of anti-circumcision-themed penis graffiti all over the rocks. How do I know that hippies are doing the graffiti instead of random rebellious teenagers? Simple. The perpetrators drink organic beer; I found the evidence in a cranny. Who else but a hippie loves foreskin and organic beer? Exactly. Case closed.
The result of this rubbish problem is that Boise's Stonehenge might be better viewed from afar, especially if you have your children, your mother, or your mother-in-law with you. If, however, you're looking to get one over on your mother-in-law, as I'm always trying to do, maneuver her unsuspectingly in front of one of the uncircumcised penis drawings and then get a good photo of her. It makes excellent blackmail material.
|Where:||Off Penitentiary Road, in between the Idaho History Center and the Botanical Garden|
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