Crash and burn – Lessons learned

2014-05-26 16.37.56My husband loves mountain biking. It’s HIS thing. I’ve gone out in the past and enjoyed being in nature, but I’ve always been a little terrified of the downhill and way out of shape on the uphill. That terror/panting feeling made me be ‘gracious’ and bow out when asked if I wanted to go biking with him.

But this year, I determined to overcome my fears and become proficient at biking so I could go out more with him. This spring was perfect weather, so I’ve gone out every week and improved a ton each time, gradually leaving the bunny trail for more difficult rides. I can honestly say I’ve caught the Biking Bug.

On Memorial Day, we went up to Bogus Basin Mountain with a bunch of friends to do the Stack Rock trail. I feared I would be the worst biker in our group (and I was), but no one taunted me. Continue reading

Savoring Summer

spring iris 017Summer is awesome! I’ve been loving mine so far. I keep walking out in the backyard, and I feel like I’m in heaven. Everything is so pretty this year…the irises (of course), the dogwood, the weeping willows, the evergreens, the roses and lilies, and the grass. The evergreens have gone crazy putting out new growth. Maybe that deep freezing winter we had did some good. Ahhh!

A couple weeks ago, one of my college daughters came home for a visit. We had a lot of fun. We hiked Continue reading

Biking Boise

2012-06-02 07.43.22If you are a mountain biking fan, then the Boise foothills in Idaho are the place for you.  My husband likes them so much that on Saturday he did an early morning ride and took this picture just after the sun was up….

Then by evening, he was bored and went back to bike another trail.  In the summer it stays light until 10:00 pm here…which I love, love, love!  Below is the picture he snapped as the same sun was setting. Continue reading

Boise is a HOOT!

P1030382Whoooo’s up for a visit along the Boise greenbelt here in Idaho?  Hopefully you are, since you’re reading this post.

I love Boise!  It is an outdoorsy community that has wonderful trails and parks to enjoy.  I love spending an hour or two walking or biking along the miles of river trails here, or heading up into the foothills just outside of town.  There are lots of parks along the greenbelt with ponds and shady trees and beautiful landscape. Continue reading

What’s happening HERON Boise

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I absolutely love where I live!  I really do.  Boise, Idaho is a quaint, comfortable city that isn’t too big…and isn’t too small.  And it has a cool name that is easy to remember when you’re a kid learning your state capitals; “Boysies and Girlsies live in Idaho.”  Clever, huh?

There are miles and miles of paths and trails that meander along the Boise River, starting at Lucky Peak Dam and going all the way through Boise and Garden City and ending in Eagle.

The Greenbelt has lots of parks along it…and a zoo.  Boise State University cozies up next to it as well (Go Broncos!).

Being a desert rat, I feel like Boise is lush and green (I know Easterners will laugh at that, but compared to Nevada & Southern Utah, it’s a garden paradise.  Trust me).

Things I see HERON Boise are: Continue reading

Frozen Snowballs!

1974 Snowman in Vegas

Finally…our first snowfall here in Boise.  This picture isn’t Idaho…but I like it anyway.  It proves that dreams do come true (even if you’re not at Disneyland).  This was a snowstorm in Las Vegas, Nevada (probably one of  two times it snowed there as I grew up).

What I remember is that we made snowballs and put them in the freezer because we thought it would be awesome to have a snowball fight in the summer when it was 110 degrees outside. Continue reading

White Winters—or the lack thereof?

Winter 2008 025Let it snow ALREADY! It’s January and there is no white! That was okay when I lived in Nevada, but I’m in Idaho, for Pete’s sake. I’d like to go x-country skiing and make a snowman…and Ginger wants to eat it!

Never would I have thought I’d be wishing for snow as an adult.  Snow makes driving a white knuckle experience, but I’d sacrifice and put up with that if the snow would just start doing its job.  January is weird without white! Continue reading