Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Outing!

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Idaho!  Such a beautiful state.  I love that we don't need to go very far to be surrounded by beauty.

This afternoon, we packed a small lunch and headed to the Bruneau Dunes State Park.  When we were stationed at the base here, we had taken my mother and brother in law to the park and had stayed overnight in the cute little cabins.

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We loved it so much that we've always wanted to return, so when we found out we were returning to the area we immediately put this one on the list of the first places to visit.

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It was cold today, and even though we were all bundled up, one thing we didn't think about were gloves and I tell you my fingers were freezing.

So cold indeed that the lake was frozen with quite thick ice.  When we arrived we were surprised to see hundreds and hundreds of Canadian Geese, just walking on the ice and honking away......while others took turns flying up, circling around and returning to the frozen lake.

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After hanging out around the lake a little and watching the geese, we had our little picnic and then made our way to the dunes.  If you've never heard of the Bruneau Dunes, they boast the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor.

And of course, you have to climb them.

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All the way to the very top.  It's not very hard, but if you haven't exercises in a while (like me), it does hurt the legs, quite a bit LOL

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You get up there whichever way you can, and trust me we did.  You pull, you push, you fall, whatever it takes, right?

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Of course the way down is the best part, if you ask two little boys who slid, climbed back up and slid down again and up again and so forth.

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I was just happy with sitting atop the dune and looking out at the beautiful views below, and the dunes certainly provide plenty of camera worthy shots.

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Can you see all the geese in the middle?  This was on the right side of the lake, if we had to go over by car to the other side, that is where all the other geese are.

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Plans have already been made to return in the summer for a weekend.  We will stay at the cabins, we'll fish, we'll climb more dunes, enjoy the observatory, star gaze from the cabin porch and completely disconnect from the world.

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Truly can't wait, and if you ever make it to the area, you should definitely check out the Bruneau Dunes State Park.

I also wanted to show you my progress on my Crochet Mood Blanket, below are the squares from day 1 through 5.  I'm really enjoying this challenge and matter of fact, I'm working on square 6 at the moment and will finish it tonight.

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Well, it's late and I'm going to go sit with hubby and watch an episode of the show Alphas which we are enjoying at the moment.

Have a blessed Sunday night,
Sandra
xoxoxo

6 comments:

Sarah@Like sunshine in the home said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. Just lovely. Hugs xxx

Debby said...

You are a brave lady to go on an outting when it's so cold!! What a cool looking place to visit. Love your little blocks, so dainty.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful place! I've never seen Idaho but it is on our bucket list of places we'd love to visit. Great photos.

Cheri said...

What a gorgeous place. That looks like a wonderful vacation spot in the summer too!

Lulu said...

wow, what a beautiful place..had never heard of it before..
love the squares Sandra..

Annie Lee said...

One of our families favorites spots to go star gazing! Next time make sure to take sleds to slide down the dunes on! SO much fun.