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!

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Idaho Botanical Garden and Aquarium of Boise

On June 5-6 we played tourist and saw some local Boise attractions.  On Friday evening we went to the Idaho Botanical Garden.  The gardens are 15 acres and took us about an hour to see.  They include a succulent garden, rose garden, English garden and a meditation garden among other attractions.

Then on Saturday we went to the Aquarium of Boise.  The aquarium features about 250 species of animals and marine life.  Not just fish, it includes reptiles and birds.

Check out our photos below!


On May 24th we visited the town of Hagerman, Idaho which has many hidden gems of archaeology and geology!  We started off with a tour of the Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitors Center, where we learned about the excavation by the Smithsonian that unearthed many excellent fossil samples, such as an early horse-like animal, mastodons, sloths, and smaller mammals.  But our morning would not be complete without taking the fossil beds driving tour!  With several beautiful overlooks, the tour winds through the hills where the remaining fossils are embedded in the rocks.

The Hagerman Wildlife Management Area and State Fish Hatchery was our second destination of the day.  At the fish hatchery you can buy food to feed the fish, and the fish get so excited they jump clear out of the water for the food!

After feeding the fish, we realized it was time to feed ourselves.  We drove to Malad Gorge State Park and had a picnic.  The park has its own driving tour with six points of interest centered on the gorge itself, a true natural wonder!  One of the highlights of the tour was a bridge that crosses the gorge from which you can view the “Devil’s Washbowl” – a magnificent 60-foot waterfall.  We also saw many birds and small mammals that call the gorge home.

Below are some photographs from the day as well as our 360 degree views.  We hope you enjoy!

Hagerman 360 degree views:

Kathryn Albertson Park

On Friday, we explored Kathryn Albertson Park, a 41-acre Boise park that serves as home to wildlife and beautiful flowers.  And it certainly seemed to be the time for baby animals!  Check out some of the ducklings, goslings, bunnies, and deer we saw along our path.

MK Nature Center

As part of a meetup group, we were fortunate to get a private tour of the beautiful MK Nature Center in Boise last Thursday.  With a visitor’s center and several unreleasable educational animals on display, the Center also is a 4.6 acre site along the greenbelt that is home to wildlife, including fish and deer.  On that day we were lucky enough to come upon a deer who had given birth only seconds before and see her clean and care for her new baby!

See some 360 degree views:

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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:

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