Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

Last Monday we visited Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, a 44-acre wildlife haven in Boise featuring trails and overlooks.  Aside from the lakes, there is wetland and forest habitat on the reserve.  It is also part of the Idaho Birding Trail (IBT) – a network of sites that provide the best bird viewing in Idaho.  A public art sculpture that doubles as a bat habitat can be viewed from one of the overlooks.

Wildlife was very active during our visit and we were fortunate to photograph many types of birds, including some goslings, flowers, and a swimming mammal that may have been a marmot.  We hope you enjoy our pictures below!

Here are some 360 degree views:

View 1: Click Here

View 2: Click Here

World Center for Birds of Prey

Last weekend we visited the World Center for Birds of Prey located on a scenic hilltop in Boise.  The Center is a breeding facility for endangered birds of prey.  There is also an interpretive center with educational displays.  The research library was closed when we visited, but we hope to return to check that out along with the walking trail that offers a scenic overlook.  You can find out more about the Center here.

Boise: Farmer’s Market and State Capitol Building

On Saturday we had a fun day exploring Boise’s farmers markets and a self-guided tour of the Idaho State Capitol Building.  You can read about the building here and also here.  Below are some pictures from our day!

Table Rock

Today we took in the beautiful views from atop Table Rock.  You can read more about the area here.  It was a chilly winter day, and it was a bit brisk atop the mountain, but the views of Boise and the surrounding mountain-scape cannot be beat!  Check out our pictures below.

Old Idaho Penitentiary

According to the Idaho State Historical Society, “The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West’s most desperate criminals.”  It might seem like a strange place to go for Valentine’s Day, but that’s what we did for the Romancing the Pen event!  With over 100 years of prison history, it was a fascinating self-guided tour through the cell blocks, the yard, the laundry, solitary confinement, the showers, the gallows, the women’s prison, and more.  Check out our pictures below!

Zoo Boise

On February 7, Zoo Boise had a special Wild at Heart event for Valentine’s Day where zoo admission was free.  To celebrate our first week in Boise, we took advantage of the free admission.  For Wild at Heart, the animals were given special enrichment throughout the day to celebrate!  Zoo Boise is a small zoo and we felt that some of the enclosures could be better for the animals, but we do have some nice pictures to share of the fabulous animals we encountered.

Settling in to Boise

Now at the start of our second week in Boise, we have already gotten involved in our new community!  We have both joined meetup groups where we can meet people interested in some of our interests.  Dan is becoming involved with a recumbent bike meetup, and Carolyn has joined the Boise Laid Back Lively Ladies (a women’s social group), and the Boise Small Dog meetup.  In addition, Carolyn was accepted this morning as a Roster member of the Idaho Writers Guild and is looking into doing volunteer work with Idaho Tiny House, an organization that builds tiny houses for the homeless.  Then for some new fun last night, we tried Brazilian food for the first time at Tucanos.  What an experience!

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