Saturday, October 18, 2008

Scarecrow Stroll

Introducing the bride of crow. Also known as Mrs. Scarecrow.
That's the name we gave her when we met her for the first time at the Scarecrow Stroll in the Idaho Botanical Garden.
I always want to say gardens with an s.

If you're like me and you don't like crowds-- go to places you want to go on game day. Unless you're going to the game. Then by all means have a great time and go broncos. If you're not going to the football game, go somewhere you've been wanting to go. Trust me, you'll have the whole place to yourself.
This is what happened to us on Friday evening when we ventured out to the Idaho Botanical Garden and the rest of Boise ventured to the BSU/Hawaii game. It was 70 degrees that day and the weather was perfect. The fall colors were beautiful and there were still many flowers in bloom. The kids had a great time running around. The boy liked to throw rocks into various streams, ponds, waterfalls, and fountains.

And run and run and run and run.

The girl liked taking pictures of the decorated scarecrows.

And the baby liked sticking her hands into the streams.

I quite enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful fall foliage.

We were the only, only, only, people there. Except for the family that was there for like 10 minutes. So that doesn't really count. We saw lots of birds and quail and squirrels. There we many flowers still in bloom. And even though we have been there before, we still spent almost two hours there. What did you do for two hours?
We just walked around and explored nature. Snapped a few pictures.
And it was fun. And quiet.
And not crowded. And not hot. And really fun.

We went between the hours of 5 and 7 pm and toward the end of the evening the sun was setting and I was able to get a cool picture of the girl.
I am by no means a photographer, but I thought it turned out cool.

The cost to get in was so cheap I had to ask the lady, "Did you charge for me?" Yes. Four dollars for an adult, two dollars for kids four and older. So it cost us six dollars to get in. Six dollars for two hours of family entertainment. Think Mastercard commercial. Priceless.

****Four out of four stars. Click here for the The Idaho Botanical Garden website.


Sue said...

I didn't know you had this blog...makes me wish I lived in Idaho to go see all these cool places. That picture of the Girl is amazing!

Melonie said...

Awesome! You will have to go back when they do their lights at Christmas time. It is really beautiful... but definitely more people there than this time you went. What a beautiful photo of your girl! Glad you had warm weather to do this!

Amanda said...

Thanks Sue. I can schedule the moving truck anytime. You just let me know. We've got two other houses on the street for sale right now. Take your pick.

Amanda said...

Melonie, yeah, we are looking forward to seeing it all lit up with Christmas lights. Not that I'm ready for winter or anything.

Camille said...

Wow. I've never been tot he botanical gardens. It looks really pretty.

Kaylynn said...

Those are the best family trips - when you feel like you are alone with your family but also somewhere other than home. We have way too many people out here in Cali - even on game day! TOO MANY PEOPLE!