Exercise in Boise

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IMG_5091I thought of not writing about exercise for E, but if you live in Boise, you can’t help but collide with various forms of activities that center around exercise.  Maybe it’s the lifestyle.  Maybe it’s the environment that provides natural resources to exercise.  Whatever the reason may be, Boise folk treat exercise as a way of life not as a treatment for a sickness or a pure means to vanity.

IMG_5092Saturday, 5 April 2014, saw Micron Technology organizing a fun adults and kids run.  We had our 7 year old take part in the kids 1 mile run.  It felt like a mini family day.  The kids had fun meeting some favourite characters and filling the basketball court with their signatures and art work.  What a beautiful day and way to enjoy the weather while instilling a feeling of belonging in this company.

IMG_5077The before race hulk pose

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Dog Bark Park Inn

The Dog Bark Park Inn is where I want to have a mini vacation next.  It popped up in my Facebook newsfeed one day claiming to be among the most interesting little B&Bs.  And what do you know?  I found out that it’s right here in Idaho.  This inn boasts 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor (my holy grail for travel reviews).  The inn only has 1 room and therefore is in high demand.  Be sure to make your booking way ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Situated about an hour away from Hells Canyon, this inn offers the convenience of activities such as hiking, horseback riding, atv riding, mountain biking, summer rodeos and many more.

As the owners of the Inn say, “Responsible pets arriving with their well-behaved humans are welcome to stay with prior approval. ”

Click on the link above and enjoy the surprise behind the name of this Inn.

Challenger

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Anything and everything Idaho so doesn’t Challenger count?  Late last year, we decided to enroll the 3-year old gremlin in Challenger.  One would have thought we were trying to pick out a college for her.  After much research and lengthy, very lengthy discussions, we settled on Challenger.

I have to admit, even though we want her to spend the few hours she is at school learning and getting used to socializing with peers her age, I was concerned that my poor 3 year old would spend her time there with her nose buried in books, sitting at desks all the time she was there.  But as it turns out, the school has far exceeded our hopes and expectations.  She is IN LOVE with this school.  The time spent there is productive and they are treated just the way they should be, like 3 year olds.  She has learnt so much.  And the best part, she doesn’t even realize that she is learning because a lot of the learning takes place through songs.  Brilliant!

And so, there you are!  My “C” for the day.  I have to add that I am NOT an employee of the school and I do NOT get any benefits whatsoever from writing this piece.  It’s just the first C word that came to my mind with relation to Boise.  I guess all that singing of the Challenger school song is getting into my head too.

Boise Depot

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Perched on the small hill where 3 roads meet, Capitol Blvd, 9th St and Federal Way, is the Boise Depot, also known as the Boise Train Depot.  It has to be one of my favourite spots in Boise.  Being a stone’s throw away from home, I often take my girls or just go myself to have a quiet moment or two.

IMG_4615Even before you enter the Depot, you can already sense that it’s steeped in history and  infused with character.  Having grown up with America being only on TV, the Boise Depot is like a scene out of a movie for me.  A step back in time.  Scenes of cops chasing the bad guy, lovers missing each other by seconds, the man with the newspapers who talks to the runaway teenager……you get my point.

IMG_4277A walk around the grounds is a must if you ever get a chance to visit.  From lily pads floating over the fish in the pond, breathtaking views of the foothills and the Idaho State Capitol Building to Big Mike, the steam locomotive, you’re in for a heartwarming treat.  IMG_4269But be sure NOT to get your kids to stand on the railway line to pose for a picture.  You may be led to believe that this train track is inactive, but may find out days later, as you drive by, that trains do in fact still make their way through this part of town.

IMG_4614I digress.  Where were we?  The Boise Depot.  It is only open to the public on Sundays and Mondays from 11 am to 5 pm.  Do make it a point to take a ride up in the elevator to the top of the tower.  The bell chimes on the hour.  If you are lucky and meet the right employee on duty (I shall not say which one for fear of getting him in trouble), he may just take you up at 5pm before they close to listen to the bell chime, up close and deafening.  Actually, it wasn’t as loud as I expected it to be.

Make Boise Depot your next stop.

Appaloosa

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What better way to cut the ribbon on this blog than by entering the April A to Z blogging challenge.  Do stop by my other blog which, in a moment of insanity, I also entered into this challenge.  Just in case you were wondering what you’ll read about in the years to come on this blog, this page may help.

A!  The alphabet of the day.  It’s the first day and already, the task to find something “A” in Idaho threatened to keep me up all night.  Can you imagine how happy I was to find out that Idaho designated the native Appaloosa as the official state horse in 1975?  Someone, somewhere must have had the foresight that I would be posed with this challenge today.  You learn something new every single day.

These are some of the facts about the Appaloosa that were of interest to me.

1.  They are well known for their spotted patterns which include the snowflake, blanket, leopard, marble and frost.

2.  Intermediate ambling gaited Appaloosas are called Walkaloosas.  This has to be my favourite.

3.  They are descendants of the spotted Spanish horses.  They were brought to America and prized by the Nez Perce Indian Tribe.

4.  They are named after the Palouse River that runs through the states of Washington and Idaho.

5.  You might have caught sight of them in movies like The Appaloosa (obviously) and El Dorado.

So there you go.  Catch me on the “B” side.

My journey……in Idaho and other places I travel to.