And what a great time it was! Even in the blustery and cold wind. Heavy overcast, but no snow or rain. Wine, art, beer, music, food, animals, cars and fun!And IDDFG (Idaho Fish and Game) even stocked the pond with trout – today, I think – and opened fishing up for everyone. Enjoy these photos from the party. Left-Click any photo to see them enlarged.
Well, it’s not officially named Marnie’s Pond, we just named it that. Actually, it is called Marsing Pond. She bought a place that overlooks the pond and the Snake River. Beautiful location and wildlife. An yes, there are fish in the pond – Golden Bass that grow to 11 lbs or so. Dinner size! The Golden Bass is also known as a Dorado, Tiger Jaws or Golden Dorado.
The golden dorado is highly sought-after by anglers, both for its appreciated meat and its fighting ability. The aggressive nature of the dorado, its high jumps, fighting strength and stamina have created a competitive market among anglers from all corners of the world, traversing South American waters in hopes of hooking a dorado…From the 2000s onwards, the dorado has been increasingly recognized as a fly-fishing targeted species. Its aggressive behavior and initiative taking flies as an active predator, paired with great fight energy, frequently going airborne in the attempt to loosen itself from the hook, make this species a true gamefish…The golden dorado has a large head, with powerful jaws filled with sharp teeth. Adults are yellow-golden in color, but imatures are more silvery. Imatures (to a lesser extent adults) resemble Brycon hilarii and Salminus hilarii. It reaches maturity around 37 cm (15 in) long. The average size of the golden dorado is about 3–10 kg (6.6–22.0 lb). The largest recorded size is 1.3 m (51 in) in length and 34 kg (75 lb) in weight.[ Females grow considerably larger than males, but otherwise the sexes are similar. It is the largest scaled freshwater fish. [Various sources]
Here are some photos of the bird life on the pond. Could not get a photo of the fish jumping, but I will! Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
It was a beautiful 3 days! Which made for a great birthday! Thank-You Robin for giving us this time for some quality time. And as for the Lions Gate Manor, an absolute delightful B&B in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. They have a variety of themed rooms – Medieval Chamber, Phantom’s Lair, Persian Dream, Secret Garden, Victorian Suite, Castilian Dynasty, Roman Bath and Cozy Cottage. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. As we wrote in the Expedia – which I probably will not use again – questionnaire,
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From our arrival introduction to John and Tammy, the owners, to our departure two days later, we felt welcome and treated like royalty. Absolutely a 5-Star B&B! We stayed in the Medieval Chamber of King Henry the Eighth. The huge canopy bed was very comfortable. We did have to turn on the gas fireplace to take the chill off the room as it got down to 19 degrees at night.
The adjacent bathroom had a great shower stall and for humor the toilet paper holder was an armored knight “Sir Wipesalot”
Breakfast was included and it was superb. A fruit, muffin and yoghurt plate was delivered as you seated yourself, Water, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate as well as milk were all available. Then a walk to the adjacent kitchen featured a hot breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, home fries and toast. The refrigerator is available to guests for storage of cold foods. Deer wander outside through the juniper and sage landscape and are visible from the room windows. We were fortunate to be there during a full moon.
For me, since I have difficulty standing for very long, a shower chair would have been helpful. They may have one, as it is an ADA suite. I didn’t ask. I think also a night light in the bathroom would help, too.
What to do nearby?
Lava Hot Springs is a very small town centered around the ‘healing mineral baths’ which we enjoyed twice during our visit. We visited 2 pioneer towns, also
Enjoy these photos of our sojourn.
Monday after Easter. Time for a day trip. Highs today in Boise supposed to be in the high 70’s. It was. Robin, Buddy [- our American Eski – and I escaped to a 360 mile round trip journey from Boise to Mountain Home, Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh (which is always interesting), Fairfield, Hailey, Sun Valley, Galena Summit, Stanley, Idaho City and back to Boise. In through the flatlands then on to the mountains. It was a great little trip with no time restrictions. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. The one here is of the Sawtooth Range from Galena Summit. Is that snow? Yup! Enjoy the photos and our trip.
Such a good day trip! I am glad we took it and I am glad Robin was with me.
Recently our daughter Marnie and her husband Mac went to the newly renovated Idaho Hot Springs, now called The Springs Idaho. You can check the link for additional information – directions on how to get there, rates, hours of operation, reservations, etc. Here is Marnie’s report. Enjoy!
Felt like we we were transported to another country during our visit to The Springs. Forget your notions about Idaho City and think Switzerland Five Star experience in Boise’s backyard. Grab your best friends, round up your favorite family members, make your reservations and enjoy the lovely drive up Hwy 21. A glimpse of the steam rising from the pool and hot tub and welcoming entrance signage soon await on the left just after mile marker 37. Once parked you jaunt across the cozy parking lot and open the doors to a beautiful modern lodge.
The concierge will get you checked in, set you up with your tab and provide keys to your locker. Since I can only speak for the ladies, let me just assure you that the changing room is sumptuous. Put your key into your assigned locker, turn and lift up on the handle and voila the perfect place for your valuables and the key is easy to keep on your person. Change into your swimming attire, take a quick shower and head out to where the relaxation starts. The pool is nice and warm and has ideally situated seating for poolside beverage ordering. Just put up one of the little signs and a server will take your order on a wireless device after you provide your last name and locker number.
If you seek warmer water the hot tub is the perfect place to drink beer, sip wine and watch the sunset, jet contrails connecting the mountain tops, moon and stars. The steam room provides the perfect boost of additional heat in a cute little building just steps away from the pool and hot tub. Plenty of fresh drinking water is available to keep you and your loved ones hydrated. Two yurts serve respectively as a massage room or warm seating place to enjoy fresh tapas and sandwiches since you may well stay through dinner time. Just remember to order before 6 pm and make your reservation if you desire a massage.
Once you have soaked to your hearts content the changing room has large showers with seating so you can rinse off. Lavender shower gel, shampoo and conditioner are provided. Extra amenities like lotion, detangler, combs, organic spray deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste and hair dryer are on hand by the double sinks if you desire. Delightful seating by the wood stove in the lobby is available if you finish before your friends and family plus you can purchase the products you tried and they are reasonably priced.
Complimentary coffee and water is available at the checkout for your trip home. Don’t miss this gem – your body will thank you
Sounds like it might be an interesting adventure. She and Mac had a good time and enjoyed it. The rates, as stated on their web page, are “… The cost of an adult day pass to THE SPRINGS is $16. Children 12 and under, and infants are $10 … Seniors receive 25% off Monday through Thursday and 10% off Friday, Saturday and Saturday. Active duty military and members of the peace corps receive 10% off.” This does not include food or drink, which is available on site. Why not try it out and let them know you saw this information on this blog. Have a great time!
78 degrees! Light, puffy, Big Sky clouds. Light winds. Great company! We met Barb and Terry Knivila at the Triangle Inn in Sweet, Idaho. (Just go there and smell the sweetness of the wild Rambling Roses.) A fun place to visit and to have a meal. We had a great breakfast as pictured below. Friendly people; all had smiles! And they came to our table and talked to us. A good experience. And the food was good, too. From Boise, take Hiway 55 to Horseshow Bend and the Hiway 52 to Emnmett. The Triangle Inn is at the Sweet/Ola intersection. Just look at what we had and please VOTE above. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Thanks and Cheers!
And then as we were leaving, this beautiful hawk landed in a tree and proceeded to eat his breakfast. Then he flew off and landed on a fence post. Hard, though, to identify. At first I though it might be a Red-tailed Hawk, but I’m not sure. Your guess? As it turns out, it was ID’d as a Swainson’s Hawk. Thanks Idaho Birding!
We then drove about another 14 or so miles north to Ola where friend Keith and Shanti live. What a beautiful location. On an east facing slope and overlooking the valley. Beautiful view of the wildlife.
Such a delightful visit. Thank-You Shanti and Keith. Until next time …………….
Yes! Today was the First Boise Bird Festival at Avimor just north of Boise – sorta. Robert Mortensen – You are to be commended on the super fine job you did in pulling this together. It was a great day. Great weather – 78 degrees and nice clear blue skies. And a great location. My sister in North Carolina wished she could have been here but she was looking for Warblers. Hope she has some photos.
I do believe that the folks who came out and supported this adventure, almost 500 I think, really enjoyed themselves. The displays. The seminars (I loved the one on Digiscope photography and Technology). Meeting folks from the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, Idaho Fish and Game, World Center for Birds of Prey and some of the bird related suppliers. Thanks for the samples of bird seed.
Here are some photos from today. In my opinion, the photos of the American Kestrel are awesome. And the several photos of the Antelope across the valley from us, are interesting. They are pretty little animals. Do enjoy the photos and Left-Click to see them enlarged. Please VOTE above. Thank-You.
A good day for looking for raptors in the area south of Lake Lowell out of Nampa, Idaho. We saw a total of 24 raptors: 6 Red-Tailed Hawks (pictured here), 7 American Kestrels, 2 Peregrine Falcons – off in the distance and 9 Accipiters. At least it has warmed up, although the day was cool, but generally clear. Not the high for the day temperature of 17 as it was last week. Today it was in the 40’s, close to 50. We even saw some bulbs poking their heads through the ground at our lunch break. Here are some photos of the day. Be sure to left click these to see full screen. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!
Robin, Margaret Gunnell and I had a good day searching for the raptors. It’s an interesting project – You go on a prescribed survey route and count the raptors and keep data sheets on them. We spend about 6 hours a month, January, February and maybe March driving the 70 some miles, on our route. A fun sojourn. I think that there are still routes available in Idaho. If you are interested, let me know and I can put you in touch with the director of the project. Cheers!