Monday, June 18, 2012

A Boston Gal’s View of Boise

When I first started to research my trip to Idaho, I had no clue that there were so many vineyards in Idaho. I was happy to find out there were vineyards that offered tastings.

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I spent a day and a half driving around trying and buying wine. My favorite wine was probably at the Ste. Chapelle vineyard and tasting room. The pictures are from that vineyard.

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The views from the tasting room were gorgeous.

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In summer, I love nice wine on the sweet side and I tried many wines and found a few suite ones I liked. Unfortunately, Massachusetts’ Puritan laws do not allow shipping from vineyards so I had to creatively pack the wine and luckily, it was just under the weight limit so I would not have pay extra.

I also decided to visit the World Center for Birds of Prey. I often see birds of prey in the Boston area and it makes me happy. This place was awesome.

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I sat in one a bird showing. They brought out an American Kestrel for us to see.

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This is an Eurasian Owl. It was a pet that could not have been released into the wild.

 

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This strange looking bird is a harpy eagle. Cool, isn’t he?

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They also brought a baby owl outside for the first time. I was wicked close and could see the owl’s reaction to seeing the outside world.

The Peregrine Fund, which runs the center, has released lots of peregrine falcons here in Massachusetts and all over the US and other birds all over the world. They helped to save the California Condor.

I really enjoyed my trip to Idaho. When I first said I would be going to Idaho, people here teased me that I was going “potato picking”. I didn’t see one potato farm that I recognized as a potato farm.

I did notice something about Boise that surprised me.

1. There were payday loan places everywhere. That really surprised me. It makes me wonder about the economy.

2. The lack of coffee shops. I am used to Dunkin Donuts on every street corner or across the street from one another. If you have been here, you know what I am talking about. When I wanted a coffee, it was harder to find.

3. The lack of traffic. Not once was I stuck in traffic.

4. The lack of people honking their car horns. In Boston, just walking from the T to work, I hear about 10 horns. The only horn I heard was the one I honked.

5. Everyone was so nice. Not back stabbing nice but genuinely nice. I met people eating dinner, tasting wine and where ever I went.

6. The men there were handsome. Very handsome. This single gal noticed that right away.

I really enjoyed my visit.

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a good time. My dad was a keen falconer. He did look a bit odd in the the middle of our local park in Fulham, London and always had a line of kids following him around. It also meant any injured animals kids found ended up at our house too lol.

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    1. That is really cool. They had this whole area on the history of falconry and I was really interested in it. The king of the UAE donated lots of his falconry stuff to the center. The king had opened a hospital for falcons in the UAE. I was fascinated.

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  2. sounds like a great place to visit!

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    1. It was. Everyone here is teasing me about potatoes!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your Idaho photos and stories. I always think of Boise as being a clean city--is it? I like the idea of not a lot of traffic.

    Those birds are spectacular.

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    1. It was very clean compared to Boston. I really liked it.

      I loved the birds. It always makes me happy to see them in Boston.

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  4. I'm glad you had such a good time. The owl is sooo cute!

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    1. It was great to see the owl's reaction to being outside for the first time. The baby's eyes were large and he or she just looked happy.

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