Wildflowers Along a Trail ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Quotes ~ Photos

I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, and spontaneous ~ Edward Abbey

To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower ~ William Blake

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are ~ Rumi

One person’s weed is another person’s wildflower ~ Susan Wittig Albert

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms ~ Zen Shin

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

Boise Rose Garden ~ Boise ID ~ Photos ~ Quotes

No rose without a thorn ~ French Proverb

It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Truths and roses have thorns about them ~ Henry David Thoreau

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is ~ Paulo Coelho

If the rose puzzled its mind over the question of how it grew, it would not have been the miracle that it is ~ J. B. Yeats

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

May Flowers ~ Photos ~ Quotes

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way ~ Walter Hagen

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming ~ Pablo Neruda

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul ~ Luther Burbank

I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living ~ Ursula Andress

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars ~ Martin Luther

There are always flowers for those who want to see them ~ Henri Matisse

On your journey, don’t forget to smell the flowers. Take time out to notice that you’re alive. You can only live in one day ~ Ray Fearon

A Walk with Nature ~ Photos, Gig Harbor, WA

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks ~ John Muir

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is the art of God ~ Dante Alighieri

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature ~ Joseph Campbell

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous ~ Aristotle