Oct 26, 2012

German Tour in Idaho City

The Boardwalk — Historic District of Idaho City
Germans were well represented during the gold rush days of Idaho City. In fact, they were the 3rd largest foreign-born people group. Their food, brewing skills, music, and quality craftsmanship made substantial contributions to early Idaho City life. So, it is always fun to welcome German visitors!

Officially, the Boise Basin Museum is closed until Memorial Day. However, Cassie, a teacher at Mountain View High School in Meridian, requested a tour for her German exchange students as well as American students who are learning the German language.

It was a nippy morning. Our brick and mortar museum mimicked an ice box; nevertheless, the tour group arrived with winter coats, scarfs, mittens, and warm smiles that made the chill bearable.

Rhonda divided the group into 2 units. She gave each group a walking tour. I handled the museum and the wooden boardwalk leading to our oldest homes, a blacksmith shop, and a pest house.

I tried to snap group photos with my iPhone. The bright light made that challenging. The photo below was the best I could manage, but you can see that they brought their own sunshine to Idaho City! 

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Auf Wiedersehen,

Oct 23, 2012

Tea for Tuesday


My previous post captured this same view on a no-snow, foggy Saturday morning just 3 days ago! We didn't even have a white Christmas in 2011, let alone a snowy Fall. This snow will be short-lived since our high daytime temp will be around 50˚, but... ♫ "Dah Dah Dah Dah Dah, I'm Lovin' It!"

I am home alone. Later, I will be donning a warmer jacket to walk down the slushy road to my afternoon job. In an aha moment, I decided to steep into a recent gift from Marsha Schewe, proprietor of the HopeChest. She sent me an ample replacement of Sunday Parlor, a blend of white chocolate, vanilla cream, and caramel. I don't have scones to celebrate with. (I think Joyce Mahan devoured them during the final Presidential Debate.) However, I do have time.

You can meet Marsha and peruse her tea-licous beverages HERE.

Teafully yours,