Help with indoor projects at my home in the Boise National Forest in southern Idaho, USA


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    Coronavirus update: Workawayers must answer a few questions regarding covid-19 and your general health (nothing specific or intrusive apart from covid-19). There is plenty of remote hiking and exploring in and around Idaho City. I will ask my workawayers to use the same safety precautions until spread of the virus is contained or a vaccine is available, which will include wearing a mask (that you bring with you) whenever you go inside a business, shop or any other building away from my place.

    Currently I could use help with a few small carpentry projects inside my house. Main projects are to build and install kitchen cabinet doors made of fence pickets, build a counter-height kitchen table with iron pipe legs and wood top, and frame out a closet opening in my utility room. These are all pretty simple projects but would be much easier with another pair of hands. I'd prefer someone who has used basic tools like a cordless drill and table saw.

    I live in Idaho City, a small historic mining town in the Boise National Forest in southern Idaho (34 miles north of Boise). If you love mountains, pine trees, streams, wildlife, rockhounding, and the serenity of nature then this is where you want to be! We get a LOT of snow, and right now Idaho City is a winter wonderland. I moved here from Minnesota in September '18 after my only child went away to college, and have been renovating the place ever since. My primary need is for folks with carpentry/renovation skills. Generally I am looking for helpers to stay 1-3 weeks, but a longer stay is definitely possible for someone with the right skillset. I have a 50-pound huskypoo named Hagrid (born July 2019). He is sweet, loving and energetic, and my constant companion, so workawayers should be dog lovers.

    A little about me: Since high school I have worked as a technology teacher, art teacher, nanny, administrative assistant, and I also ran a bed and breakfast for several years. I would describe myself as an extroverted nerd who is also creative, friendly, and optimistic. I'll be 59 soon and although that seems pretty old when I write it out here, I feel young on the inside and relate well to people of all ages. It could be due to my unsinkable sense of humor, or my puppy, who makes me smile every day. That said, I do have some issues with my arms, neck and back, which is why having workawayers has been such a blessing!

    Workawayers from everywhere are welcome subject to current travel restrictions, and I’d be happy to show you our little bit of Idaho paradise!

    If mountain living sounds appealing, please reach out. Be well!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Mountain life is peaceful and gorgeous and it is easy to maintain social distancing while enjoying the outdoors. If you love mountains and pine trees, hiking, rock-hunting, mountain biking, fishing, snowshoeing and x-country skiing, etc., you will love Idaho City. It is a very small historic mining town (pop. approx. 450) 35 miles north of Boise, ID. My place is walking distance to the historic downtown, mountain trails, public library, ranger station, shops with antiques, collectibles, ice cream, and groceries. I do require workawayers to wear masks whenever visiting these indoor spaces. We live a block from beautiful mountain trails that are pretty isolated, especially on weekdays.

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    Current projects include:

    There are a number of indoor renovation projects to help with which are mostly carpentry-related. I could also use assistance with organizing several rooms. I moved from a house that had more space and still need to organize, box up and donate a lot of things.

    I've got all necessary tools, but you should have your own work gloves and paint clothes.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers are provided with a private bedroom and bathroom, and prepare your own meals in a small guest kitchen. There is wifi, a smart tv and dvd collection for your use. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property. Groceries are provided (apart from special dietary requirements). Sorry, no pets. Please note that workawayers are asked to clean the kitchen and their room prior to leaving, leaving it in the same condition as they found it.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Phone Service: T-Mobile is the only phone service that gets reception here, so if your phone is on a different network you'd need to plan to use wifi calling or a wifi-based app like WhatsApp for phone calls.

    Winter Driving: If you drive here, all vehicles are fine on the highway from Boise to Idaho City, and our place is a block off the highway in town which is always plowed. But if you want to explore back roads in the winter, you'll need 4-wheel drive and chains are a good idea as backup.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I have hosted several digital nomads, and the wifi connection hasn't been a problem to date.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours with 2 days off

This photo shows some of the picket fencing and rock work that previous workawayers helped finish!
Trail near our house June 2020
Workawayers Lauren and Brandon prepared a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for us Nov 2020!
Stunning view from a trail outside of Idaho City
When workawayer Henry wasn't helping build the fence or landscape, he spent lots of time hiking and playing with Hagrid!
Hagrid fetching a stick from the stream along the trail near our house in July 2020
Holly was my first workawayer, and was amazing!
This photo was taken in front of our house in Feb 2020
Pine Flats Hot Springs is about 40 miles north of Idaho City. Here my daughter is enjoying a hot pool on a cold day.
Here is Hagrid on the trail near our house after a weekend snow of about 20" in Nov. 2020
Hagrid and I on a hike in May 2020

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