First Day of Autumn ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Photos ~ September 2021

There is a harmony in autumn, and a lustre in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Autumn is the antidote to stifling summer ~ Terri Guillemets

I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it ~ Lee Maynard

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall ~ Oscar Wilde

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus

Gig Harbor, WA ~ Waning Days of Summer ~ Quotes

To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall ~ Ann Patchett

Here is the ghost of summer that lived for us. Here is a promise of summer to be ~ William E. Henley

Summer’s lease hath all too short a date ~ William Shakespeare

 One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter ~  Henry David Thoreau

When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away ~ Sarah Helen Whitman

Summer is a state of mind

Gig Harbor, WA ~ A Beautiful Summer Day ~ Photos

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language ~ Henry James

Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world ~ Ada Louise Huxtable

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds ~ Regina Brett

Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton



A Walk Along Boise River Greenbelt ~ Eagle, ID ~ Photos ~ Quotes

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding ~ John O’Donohue

The river moves, but it follows a path. When it tires of one journey, it rubs through some rock to forge a new way. Hard work, but that’s its nature ~ Kekla Magoon

A dream is like a river ever changing as it flows and a dreamer’s just a vessel that must follow where it goes ~ Garth Brooks

I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers flow into the same sea ~ Paulo Coelho

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy ~ Rumi

A river has many curves, but it always reaches the ocean ~ Donald L. Hicks

The link will take you to an overview of my recent road trip from western Washington to Boise, Idaho:

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Boise ~ Photos

A Walk Along Boise River Greenbelt ~ Boise, ID ~ Photos ~ Quotes

The river has great wisdom and whispers its secrets to the hearts of men ~ Mark Twain

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence ~ Jim Watkins

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere ~ – Emma Smith

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man ~ Heraclitus

Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of anything ~  Henry David Thoreau

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Boise ~ Photos

I last visited Boise in September 2019 and it was fabulous to be able to plan a road trip and visit again. This was my first journey since the pandemic. It was very special to be able to visit favorite places (Boise and Meridian) and discover a new area (Eagle).  

The beautiful Boise River Greenbelt is a paved path which follows the river through the heart of the city and beyond, along many parks. It is 25 miles long with many bridges to make it easy to loop back.

The walk in Boise takes you past Boise State University, to Julia Davis Park where you can stop and explore the gorgeous Rose Garden. Note to self: plan trip next year in June, as many of the rose bushes were not yet in bloom.

About a 15 minute drive from Boise is the Village at Meridian Mall. I am not a fan of shopping centers, but this one is an exception. Many interesting shops to explore, nicely laid out and all outdoors.

Stop in the locally owned Royal Coffee Company for a terrific latte, cappuccino or fruit smoothie. Enjoy it while sitting outside, deciding whether to browse the shops, walk about, dine or stay in the Fountain Square area and people watch.  

My favorite places to dine in the area include:

The Cottonwood Grill (on the Boise Green Belt), Anthony’s (recently opened, downtown, near hotels) and The Yard House at the Village at Meridian Mall.

It’s an easy drive from western Washington to Boise via I-90 to I-82 to I-84, especially when the weather is good. For my return trip I was planning to drive via the I-84 to the Portland area and then north via I-205 and I-5. It is a longer route, going along the Columbia River in Oregon and is quite beautiful. However, as it was raining, I opted for the faster route and did encounter wet snow in the Oregon mountains. Very glad it was wet snow …

Below are some photos from my journey; will be posting more photos of the River Walks (Boise and Eagle), the Rose Garden and Boise Capitol Building.

 Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far