Bald Eagles, Broken windows and Looking for BAM in all the wrong places.....

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the Oregon Trail interpretive center/hut
Last night We stopped in Boise, Idaho. Due to some permit issues with Oregon we couldn't go any further. There were some concern on whether we were even allowed to legally travel through the state over the weekend. I guess Oregon had recently made some changes to its policy and these changes were bringing up questions among the drivers. But stopping was perfectly fine with me because I have never seen Boise, ID before and was ITCHING to get out of my car for a day to explore something, anything!

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.
view from the Hut
I did make the drive, but when I finally arrived the sun was too strong and caused severe shadows in the front, the angle where I wanted to photograph... So I decided that I could return later when the light changes and then made a spontaneous decision to drive further up the road to a Historic site that was advertised from the same Interstate exit as the house...

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!!!

:P:P

Now we head to Oregon!!
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the Oregon Trail interpretive cent…
the Oregon Trail interpretive cen…
view from the Hut
view from the Hut
My dirty car and shadow
My dirty car and shadow
The trail!
The trail!
I have issues with fences!
I have issues with fences!
My shadow likes to dance!
My shadow likes to dance!
Look at her go!
Look at her go!
My shadow and a HUGE puddle!
My shadow and a HUGE puddle!
:P
:P
Someone put stones on each post..
Someone put stones on each post..
Found BAM!
Found BAM!
The back of the sculptural garden
The back of the sculptural garden
some sculpture
some sculpture
Idahos Black History Museum
Idaho's Black History Museum
Rose Garden.... obviously its not …
Rose Garden.... obviously its not…
Mural illustrating the Basque cult…
Mural illustrating the Basque cul…
Basque cultural center
Basque cultural center
This piece was installed in the en…
This piece was installed in the e…
Idaho capital building
Idaho capital building
Lewis and Clark sculptures
Lewis and Clark sculptures
Proof that spring is coming soon!
Proof that spring is coming soon!
Julie davis park
Julie davis park
Boise Sights & Attractions review
A stop along the Oregon Trail
At exit 64 off of Interstate 84 in Idaho you will see a sign for "Historic Site". Though it is at first unclear to what this "historic site" is, if yo… read entire review
Boise Sights & Attractions review
Black History in Idaho
The museum is a quaint little building that once served as a church. It was converted sometime around 1995 into what is now the only Black History Mus… read entire review
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