Bald Eagles, Broken windows and Looking for BAM in all the wrong places.....
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March 7th, 2010 – by: esterrene
First I want to quickly back track to the drive from Little America, WY. Ir was BEEEEEAUTIFUL!!! Who wouldn't fall in love with the mountains and valleys along Hwy 30!!! Especially when the weather was as perfect as it was!! The sky was clear and the air was winter crisp.
LOL it was so nice outside and the views were so majestic that I rolled down my driver side window for a little bit of fresh air, forgetting completely that my window is broken and doesn't roll back up!!! It was about an hour and half before we could find a place safe enough for two windtower sections to pull over so my father could help me pull the window back up! LOL I got plenty of fresh air! BRRRR ;P
To make the drive even more amazing I saw at least 5 American Bald Eagles! Some were perched on wooden posts but a couple were soaring in the air! Gorgeous birds! absolutely amazing and majestic birds!
Now back to Boise! ;P
Since we couldn't get our Permit to travel through Oregon I had a full day to enjoy the city of Boise! I woke up early in the morning with the intention of driving a about ten miles east to photograph an old abandoned house that I had noticed the evening before.
I had no idea what kind of historic site this was.. There was no indication. All the sign said was "Historic Site ----->" . I assumed, because of the area, that it had to do with the Oregon Trail and I was right. The site was a type of Interpretive Center/ Hut with facts and information about the Oregon Trail with a hiking path nearby.
The center was morel like an open aired hut with a decent view of the surrounding landscape. I did learn that Boise got its name from a French explorer that declared "Les Boises, Les Boises" meaning "the trees! the trees!!"
I decided to explore the trail that claimed that it was a motorized safe path.. I debated on whether I should drive it, but was thankful that I choose to go on foot after I saw the condition of the path. I can't say how long the trail lasted for. I only walked a few hours and wanted return back for my next adventure! Searching for falafel and Boise Art Museum (BAM)!
Never found the falafel establishment :( and several other places of interest that I stopped at was either closed on Sundays or out of business :( DAMN I was really looking forward to some falafel! Instead I grabbed a taco from the Bell and asked where I could find the art museum.. Would you believe it that no one at the restaurant knew where the local art museum was!!! It wasn't a small museum it was THE art museum in Boise.. a major cultural center in the city located in a popular and well loved city park... and the Bell was soooo close!! The one person who thought she might now acted like she never heard that there was a museum in the city!?!
I'm sorry but that is like someone in NYC not knowing that there is the MET and or Empire state building in the city! Boise is not all that large..
ugh but enough with my ranting.. i finally did find the museum and was somewhat impressed with it.. It wouldn't go into my list of favorites, but It was a lovely and well designed museum. The galleries seamlessly flowed together, and the exhibits were intriguing..
The main temp exhibit was the artistic history of a cultural icon: The Robot! I didn't realize that there were so many artists that focused on the theme "Robot" in their artworks.. and the exhibit definitely got me thinking about the subject culturally... another exhibit was a collection of quilts from the 19th century.. I'm not a quilter but I found the history of each piece interesting.. These quilts adorned peoples beds and kept them warm during harsh winter months. Many of the quilts were wedding gifts to young couples and now they hang as historical artifacts in a museum for their artistic qualities!!
Kinda makes you wonder about what items we cherish will one day end up in a collection for everyone else to cherish behind glass cases..
I wrote a review of the museum and may write more about the museum in my art travel blog http://www.travbuddy.com/Boise-Art-Museum-v428395
After leaving the museum I walked around the Julie Davis Park (which is where BAM, several other museums and a zoo are located!) I sat for an hour along the Boise river making shapes out of twigs and tossing them into the river, enjoying the calm. Then I walked through the rose garden to the Black history museum . The only black history museum in the Pacific North West.
The Black History museum is located inside a small church and was manned by a very informative and compassionate volunteer. They try to focus more on the experience s and history of Black Americans from all backgrounds in Idaho and the surrounding region.. It was informative.. I never before heard about Black Mormons in the mid 19th century before and now I know!!
We never stop learning!
I would have visited the other history museum, but it was sunday and closing by the time I got to it. Instead I spent a couple hours just walking up and down the streets making note of all the tasty restaurants that were closed on a Sunday!! :P hahaha
There was also a Basque cultural center that was also closed :( Apparently there was a large group of Basque immigrants who had settled in the area back in the day.. again we never stop learning!
well that was Boise! and I look forward to stopping by again.. Maybe next time I will find that Falafel place!!!
Now we head to Oregon!!
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