200th Anniversary of the Bicycle

Today we went to see an art exhibit at the BSU Student Union Fine Arts Gallery called Cycling Through: A Story of Community & Change.  It was an interesting exhibit of artwork, photographs, bicycles, and more throughout the past 200 years.  The exhibition commemorates the 200-year anniversary of the invention of the bicycle.  Curiously, no one actually knows who came up with the first bicycle, but it is interesting to see how it developed as a means of sport, transportation, and environmental conservation over the years. There was also a bicycling postage stamp exhibit that included a recumbent trike!


Yellowstone Bear World

We took a fun little adventure to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary the first week of June.  We traveled from Boise to Rexburg, Idaho to see Yellowstone Bear World.  We arrived on June 1 and checked in to our hotel room which was a themed room decorated like a medieval castle.  On the morning of June 2 we set out for Bear World.  The nature preserve is set up in two parts.  The first part is the herbivores, such as the mountain goats, buffalo, deer, elk, and moose.  The second part has the bears and wolves.  The animals get to roam around and you drive your car though slowly to observe them.  You are allowed to drive around as many times as you like for a chance to see more animals.  We drove around twice, once taking pictures and once just enjoying the sights.

Beyond the gift shop at Bear World is a couple of pens where you can pay to feed the baby bears.  We had such fun watching them play and tumble around.  Beyond that there is a petting zoo where we got to interact with deer, a hungry pot bellied pig, goats, and chickens.  One of the deer had just given birth and you couldn’t pet that one because the mom was very protective.  But it was adorable!

That evening we decided to drive into Idaho Falls to have a nice dinner at the Copper Rill.  The restaurant overlooks the falls.

We drove home June 3 with promises to come back that way and actually go to Yellowstone!

Here are several of our video clips on YouTube:

Bear World on YouTube

Also enjoy our pictures below!



Goodbye 2015; Welcome 2016!

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Each year we like to look back over what we did through the year, and then state our goals for the coming New Year.  Here is our list for 2015-2016!

2015 was our first year in Boise.  We moved here sight unseen after a few years in California.  Over our first eleven months here we did a lot of sightseeing and had many local adventures.  Perhaps best of all, we made some really good friends!  If you missed any of our blog posts from 2015, be sure to scroll down or look through the archives on this blog and check out all our pictures and words!

We have many hopeful dreams for 2016.  During 2015 Carolyn started many projects that she hopes to continue and expand upon in the coming year.  As you know, Carolyn is a hobby sweeper.  In that vein she started a blog geared toward engaging new and fellow hobby sweepers.  It can be found at youcanbeawinner.wordpress.com.  In the New Year, Carolyn hopes to build a bigger readership on that blog, as well as continue to maintain Boise Sweepstakes Club on Facebook.  She has also applied to volunteer teach a class for the local Community Education on sweeping.  She is hopeful she will get the opportunity to build some local excitement around this addicting hobby.  And of course, she hope to win more prizes in 2016!

And everyone knows Carolyn’s life would not be complete without helping animals in some way.  In 2015 she started volunteering through the Idaho Humane Society.  Her goals are to continue to make homemade fleece no-sew blankets for the animals.  She will also start her newest volunteer endeavor with IHS as a website writer.  This year-long commitment will have her writing website descriptions of the animals once every five weeks or so.  And her Facebook page, Idaho Dog Advocates will continue to be maintained.

Carolyn’s final two wishes for the coming year are to have more adventures and to finish writing another book.

Dan who has had an extremely difficult year dealing with pain and dysfunction in his leg, also has high hopes that 2016 will be better!  His first wish for the New Year is to see some improvement for his leg.  In addition, he hopes to lose weight, perhaps with the help of a trike equipped with electric assist.  His other big hope for the New Year is to be able to buy a house in our new hometown of Boise!

As you look back and reflect on the past year, what can you list as big events, accomplishments, and adventures?  As you look ahead to 2016 what are you most looking forward to?  We would love to hear your list in the comments!

From both of us to you, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2015 Engagement Anniversary

We love a reason to celebrate.  That’s why we celebrate all our anniversaries – and not just our wedding anniversary.  There’s the anniversary of our first date, our first kiss, and of course the anniversary of the day we got engaged.  That’s what we celebrated this Friday.  We have such fond memories of the original night: how the impossible snow storm in Virginia foiled Dan’s attempt to bring me to a romantic French restaurant.  And almost prevented us from reaching the romantic hotel room waiting for us on the other side of what was practically a blizzard!  We made it to the hotel but so had half the city, taking refuge from the storm in the lobby, hallways, and restaurant for the night!

This year, although Idaho graced us with some flurries, we were able to pull off a re-creation of that night with dinner at an Italian restaurant and a stay at a Boise inn labeled as the area’s most romantic suites.  Although the evening was not without glitches (just like the original!), it was still a lovely time because we were with each other.

Festival of Trees

Tonight we went with our good friends to Boise’s Festival of Trees, a tradition that has been going on for 33 years.  The event raises money to help improve local health care.  There were all sorts of beautiful decorated themed trees and wreaths, chances to enter contests, and live entertainment.  Check out our pictures from the evening below!

November 2015 Update

It’s been almost four months since we have written a post for this blog.  It has been difficult to have adventures as both Dan and Carolyn have had health issues.  For Dan, nothing has been the same since his cancer surgery.  His leg has been declining and he is in so much pain all the time that getting out to have adventures in the old sense of the word has become impossible.  We realize this means we have to reinvent our definition of adventure and work within the confines of our limitations.  At least for now.  So here is a brief update of what Carolyn has been up to this November.

On November 4, Carolyn took the new volunteer orientation training at the Idaho Humane Society.  Her first assignment will be as a door greeter at the shelter on Black Friday.  In addition, as an ongoing craft project Carolyn and her friends have been working on making no-sew fleece blankets to donate to the shelter.  They hope to finish most of them on Sunday so the animals will have a soft Thanksgiving!

Carolyn has also been working to catch up on her blogging.  Because of all her success at entering sweepstakes, Carolyn created a blog to teach people how to win prizes and talk about information related to entering sweepstakes.  You can find that blog at YOUCANBEAWINNER.  And while she has been struggling to keep up with her FLYING PIGS writing blog, she recently updated that as well.

Carolyn has been spending much of her free time entering sweepstakes.  It’s a fun and easy hobby that, with persistence and consistency, can really pay off.  In the past couple of months she has won a gold Playstation 4, 2 $10 Starbucks gift cards, a $30 Regal cinema gift card, 2 Disney movie tickets, a baseball cap autographed by NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., enough Shop Your Way Reward points to buy an infinity scarf, and lots of candy bars!

Please send your best thoughts and wishes to Dan who will continue to see specialists to try to figure out a plan of action to improve his pain.  Thanks for reading!