Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I've been gone for a few days, so no new blogs were posted as I was not where I had internet access. A trip to Salmon (actually Elk Bend) where my parents live was taken by my son & I since I had a chance to take some time off.

As you know from, about me, I love the great outdoors. Growing up in a state that has the 4 seasons, completely, (northern Minnesota), you learn to love each season. Fall is definitely a favorite as the crispness of the air sets in; meaning: hot flashes settle down more; the leaves on the trees change and you get to see more of the wild life come out such as the deer and eagles.

The drive along the Payette River and Salmon River was gorgeous. The trees were just starting to turn. It is amazing how in just a few short days, the colors become even more fibrant. We had planned on doing some serious photographing on the way back, but unfortunately the trip was cut short due to an illness. But all is well. There is always a reason for the season and we take it in stride. Regardless, we still were in awe while driving back, saying here and there, look at that picture, wouldn't that have been beautiful; envisioning what the picture would have looked like and enjoying the view anyhow.

If you get a chance, get out and take drives through the mountains and areas where trees are abundant in every type. The views are breathtaking. God's creations and paintings are awesome. Imagine, we are allowed to enjoy such beauty here and are promised much better in heaven; what it must be like. We are thankful for what He offers us here and take the time to stop and smell the roses and view the beauty in all it's glory. Don't forget to thank Him for the beauty He provides us.

Honestly; life does not have to be all gloom and doom when times are rough. There is always something around the corner to bring a smile, to lift our spirits, to make us thankful for what we do have. In lifes trials and tribulations there are two sides, the negative and the positive. Which one do you chose? I prefer lo0king for the positive.

Anyway, the trip was cut too short, but was well worth it seeing family once again. Sitting along the river at my parents house listening to the river run. It's so peaceful and relaxing. We did have a visit from a mountain lion though. That was a little unnerving, but was reminded to cast all our fears and worries up to the Lord. Even so, I was still too chicken to go outside at night. ;) LOL Even their beloved Lucy (dog) was not at ease going out for relief before going to bed.

Can not wait to make the trip once again. Granted it's a 4.5 hour trip or longer when we go through Gooding during the winter months. Much safer drive than going through Stanley. We are always awe-inspired every time we go, as we always spot something we didn't notice the last time. We almost always get to enjoy different types of wildlife. One year we were blessed with many elk in the yard of an old housing area in Challis. We met a Long Horned Sheep along the road to Stanley from Challis when rounding a corner. He stood there pretty as could be then slowly started his ascent up the mountain. Mountain goats inhabited the mountain side across the river at my parents. That was an awesome site.

Yes, if you haven't guessed by now, I'm a nature lover pure and simple. But that is another post when I start my biography series coming soon to a blog near you. LOL!

We of course are happy to be home, but anxious to go again. If you like the great outdoors, make the trip. In the summer they offer great whitewater rafting trips as well. Fly fishing is a much loved sport. There are several hot spring areas. And of course, the wild life is guaranteed to impress for the nature lovers when you hit it at the right times of the year. Which reminds me, is anyone aware that geese will nest high on the sides of mountains? We never had a clue! But my favorite, birdes of prey. I could watch them for hours.

Okay, I've rattled long enough. Snow is on it's way by the way. We need it. The rivers are extremely low this year. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! One more thing; does any one have any great places they know of around the Meridian, Idaho area for wagon and sleigh rides? Thanks

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