Summer season


Boise River floaters…. 😎

It has been very hot! 🌞 To beat the heat, we have been at the pool a lot. The thing to do in Boise is to float the river and we did that for the 1st time. ⚓️ We also went to a water park. I am apparently too old cause what brought me immense joy as a youngster brings me little now. We used to go to the waterpark in Las Vegas🎰. My dad or mom would make the 3 hour drive from Southern Utah and we’d play all day until 10 pm closing. Then, they’d drive us home. They had some serious energy and ❤️ to do that cause I can barely tolerate a few hours and a 30 minute drive. My cool dad would also chaperone my brother and his friends to many wild eighties heavy metal 🎤 concerts in Vegas.  As I just bought my daughter her 1st rock concert tix, I have been contemplating this. Personally, I have been to very few rock concerts, but many many classical performances as a 🎻 musician that is my preference. As a sidekick to a much livelier older brother, it was always fun to hear the wild concert tales. 🎟 Did your parents sacrifice anything similar to cater to you? 🤓

The last hurrah…


We enjoyed a breakfast with a nice view.


The hot cocoa was awesome. The oysters were good, but not my usual breakfast of choice. French toast with bacon or eggs, hash browns, sausages, etc..  The food here looked so awesome and one couple was having a literal dinner feast at 8 in the morning. Maybe they were travelers too so time was less critical. 


I learned to eat oysters many years ago, but eating live stuff was not normal when you come from the desert. I had never had oysters with caviar though.

The last night in Sydney, we went to a restaurant a friend recommended. When our hotel concierge had trouble making the reservation it only caused more anticipation. It took + 3 calls by concierge and a Facebook message. Ultimately, I think they don’t get a lot of concierges making a reservation there. 😳 We are not foodie people so we decided to splurge since we never do. This friend had one of the best meals of her life there. Now I know not to trust this friend. 😉 Anyway, we arrived on foot at some small restaurant with us and a large private engagement? party. So… It felt like we were crashing their party and we didn’t belong. The foodie food, we both determined just tried too hard. The best food to me is a great steak and salad bar up the canyon in my hometown at a historic Western restaurant.  Next to that, I can cook what I want. We did have some good ethnic food in Sydney though in a food court. The food court served food on plates with silverware so it was definitely a more upscale food court than the US throwaway lifestyle. We really couldn’t recommend the foodie farmhouse restaurant since it was NOT our style so said friend doesn’t even know we went. When I see her in Utah in a few years, I will already have forgotten. 🌻 The last Sydney highlight was an early morning trek to the Sydney Fish a Market. It was awesome. The early morning chill and stillness on the water made for a very memorable experience. After that, we walked the Coogee to Bondi trail before heading back home to Idaho.

in the city🏛🚢….

It got cold enough yesterday that I had to buy a ski cap. Luckily, I found a cool store called #Kathmandu @TheRocks with sales on winter clothing at the right time. I get inner ear pain sometimes if my ears get cold so I needed a hat. After that, we made our way to the bridge to cross. The bridge climb is way expensive and it’s not my style to pay a lot of money for something that could terrify me. Walking across the bridge is a free must do. It was cold and windy, but fun. After, I wanted to go check out Chinatown. My husband says he doesn’t get my fascination with Chinatowns. What is not to like? Of course we couldn’t eat there since they don’t take credit card. I read that credit card use isn’t as easy here, but I’m committed to making it work. I did it successfully over 20 years ago as I solo Eurorailed. I only ate pretty much where they took my credit card. Of course they didn’t take it in the train station in Estonia in Jan. 1994,  but I ate like a king there by changing a few bucks so it worked out. 👍 image



Coast walk

We took the bus to Bondi beach. A friend from Oregon who lived here for a few years luckily helped me make a plan. After 24 hours of skyscrapers, it was time to escape for a few hours. It wasn’t crowded at Bondi, but I’m sure the place is nuts in the summer. The Bondi to Coogee beach walk was all paved. In a few spots the road had slipped off, but that happens in coastal areas. The weather was perfect for a stroll after fueling up with some really tasty greasy fish and chips. 🐟

First time in Australia

I have lived in Europe 3 times so I’ve always been obsessed with traveling there and going back to visit my old friends, but I am now trying to venture to other places. I got to Sydney this morning. I am not fighting the jet lag yet, but it may be a rough night. 😳 I was able to sleep on the plane coming quite a bit which was nice. I wasn’t the brightest when I booked a trip for winter, but the temperature is perfect. Frankly, I didn’t know it would be winter. I keep getting asked if I am on holiday here? What in the world? My mind only processes that word one way and I’m like what holiday?? Then I just say oh yes… Translation: vacation!! Or I prefer simply to call it travel! I also got told to put on a jumper. A what?? Good thing I remembered what my old Australian friend I met in France used to call her sweater, then I figured it out. Too bad I can’t figure out how to find her despite tech. That would be one fun reunion since we met when I was 15 and she was 16 in ’91. We kept in touch for a few years, but that was a million years ago and we lost touch. image

Hiking in Boise National Forest

Happy 4th of July to the USA. 🇺🇸 A few weeks ago, we went hiking on the Crooked River trail in the Boise National Forest. My daughter and husband had already been there for a camping trip, but it was my first time. It was great and there was a steady amount of Trekkers of various ages, but we left our food in the car so we didn’t go to the end before deciding on time to eat lunch. The most challenging thing for me with my walks is to gauge how far to go while leaving enough energy to return to my origin. My mind and feet are more willing, but one must use common sense.  On this occasion, I didn’t want to hike until we got hungry cause that would be too far. We had to leave some return leeway. We opted NOT to carry food in so we had to return too early. You do NOT want to torture your fellow hikers with privation. It will not be a good investment in future hikes. Our food was waiting in the cooler in the car upon return and it was devoured. My sandwiches taste extra great when you add hunger in the mix. 😀