The drive from Boise to McCall can be treacherous, especially in the winter. Going it alone can be even scarier, but it's hard to ignore the call of the McCall Winter Carnival, with its towering ice sculptures, fireworks displays, parades, sense of community and more. Luckily, there are a couple of options that allow you to enjoy all of the festivities and leave the driving to someone else.
For people 55 or older, the City of Caldwell Parks and Recreation Department is offering a combination McCall Ice Carnival and Elk Feeding day-trip Wednesday, Jan. 31. Enjoy a morning sleigh ride to feed elk in Cascade, lunch in Donnelly (included in the $68 price tag), and an afternoon of ice sculpture viewing in McCall. The tour leaves Caldwell at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 6:30 p.m., so be prepared for a full day of adventure. If you haven't yet reached senior status or want to take the young'uns along, the Nampa Rec Center is offering an all-ages, heated charter bus ride to the mountain city on Friday, Jan. 26, for $45—the fee includes snacks and water during the trip. If you feel like splurging, the Nampa Rec Center is also offering an overnight trip to the McCall Winter Carnival for $199 per person, which includes transportation, lunch both days, dinner one night and lodging at the Ashley Inn in Cascade.
For the City of Caldwell senior trip, register at apm.activecommunities.com. For more information on the Nampa Rec Center trips, visit nampaparksandrecreation.org, call 208-468-5858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Page 6 in this issue for more info on the McCall Winter Carnival.