Well, hello again! We recently got back from our summer trip. The house is still a
mess disaster with piles of laundry and camping stuff in my living room waiting to be cleaned. Sometimes I wish going on vacation wasn’t so much work! But it was a good time. Here are some highlights:
- SHOSHONE FALLS
We’ve called southern Idaho home for about 15 years and have never been to visit this phenomenal natural wonder. It is near Twin Falls, Idaho, and is a natural falls on the Snake River. This is from Wikipedia : “Sometimes called the “Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high—45 feet higher than Niagara Falls—and flows over a rim nearly 1,000 feet wide.” Pretty incredible! And very loud!
So, all my photos turned out really blurry. I think because my lens had fingerprints or something. Most likely of a child-size nature. But you get the general (blurry) idea. We headed to our state’s capital for a few days, to cycle around their lovely Greenbelt and attend a family showing of Macbeth at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Bellie recently won a really snazzy new mountain bike from her school in a bike challenge – and was really excited to be able to test it out on our trip.
I loved Macbeth. I realized that I had never actually seen a Shakespeare play professionally performed before. (Even though I of course studied them in school and was able to see snippets performed at Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon last summer!) I had prepped the kids before time that the play *might be a little scary* and the *witches were just ladies like Mommy all dressed up to look freaky*. We also got children’s editions of Macbeth from the library so they would be familiar with the story. Verdict: My kids were entertained and really enjoyed the play! My 3-year-old was telling people afterwards that the “witches were not scary, they were like crows” (there was some cool bird-like choreography going on with them) and kept repeating, “Macbeth! Macbeth!” ominously to her siblings. My boys loved the swordplay.
3. THE BUTT TREE
My kids discovered this. I think this photo is pretty self-explanatory.
4. IDAHO CITY
Idaho City is about an hour northeast of Boise. It is an old gold-rush town and still has lots of old buildings from the 1860s. I could have probably spent all day there, but the rest of my family is not as fascinated by history as I am so I just made them tour the old cemetery with me. The brochure said that only about 30 of the 200 identified graves from the early days contained people who died of natural causes.
We came across several 19th Century children’s graves, which prompted a great discussion with the kids about the benefits of childhood immunizations. (as in, “Aren’t you glad Mommy and Daddy tortured you by making you get your shots? These five siblings died when the diphtheria epidemic of 1888 swept through town. And now we have an inoculation for that so it won’t happen to you.”) A little morbid, I know…but the kids can do the math and they ask. Big eyes from the kids, but I think it brought home to them how lucky they are in this day and age with our medical advances.
5. STANLEY, REDFISH LAKE, and the SAWTOOTH MOUNTAINS
This area gets really busy in the summer, but when we went it was still “shoulder season”. The campground was pretty quiet, but still full. The water was c-c-c-c-cold. For reasons unknown to me, that didn’t deter the children from attempting to swim. Silly kids. Anyhow, it was gorgeous. We rode bikes, fished, hiked, and rode horses. At the end of the week I really needed a shower. And we had extremely tame little chipmunk friends who lived at our campsite (which we admired from a distance and kept our food away from because plague is going around in Idaho and is carried by those types of rodents!)
6. SUN VALLEY/KETCHUM
Basically, by the time we got to Sun Valley we were ready to stay in a hotel. And I am pretty sure the highlight of the trip for the kids was watching tv and swimming at the hotel. (It is so extremely HARD to go without electronic devices for a week. I mean, we really tortured those children). We just relaxed and ate at some fun restaurants (KB’s – yummiest burritos ever!). I went to my favorite Sun Valley area bookstore, Iconoclast Books & Gifts and also visited the Gold Mine thrift shop in Ketchum (resort communities have the most luxurious thrift stores!! I scored big with the name brands!)
I was in the middle of reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and got really intrigued by Ernest Hemingway and wanted to do the whole Hemingway pilgrimage in Ketchum but ran out of time. Oh well, maybe next time.
7. This is not related to our travels, but I take my first Teaching Certification test on Friday!!! I am scared. But I feel prepared. So, we shall see. I will let you know how it goes! Send me good thoughts!
Hope everyone has a lovely Father’s Day tomorrow! Talk to you again soon!