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US 20 Journey 2010
2011 - Day 15 - June 2
Boise, ID to Ontario, OR
Cool morning in Boise with a little rain falling at times.
Had a wonderful few hours walking around Boise, mostly by Julia Davis Park, right downtown and along the Boise River. In, or adjacent to the park, are a zoo, the Boise Art Museum, Historical Museum, Idaho Black History Museum, The Cabin Literary Center and the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. I didn't go to all of these places, but it's wonderful that all of these, plus a beautiful park, are within walking distance of each other and downtown.
Log Cabin Literary Center, where I gave a readings in 1996 and 1997. The center opened in 1996 and I was the first feature reader who was booked because of their website.
Bandshell in the park.
Boise Art Museum and the old entranceway that is now inside the new building. The old one was built as part of the WPA in 1937. Nice that they preserved it. Reminded me of the Angola, IN library, with the old building surrounded by the new. Link Wonderful exhibits on display. Wasn't allowed to take pictures. Could have lingered there much longer than I had time for.
Isaac Coston Log Cabin, from 1865. He was originally from Ithaca, NY, not far from Wheeler Hill.
The next pictures are from the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Again, I could have stayed there much longer. Put me in a very reflective mood. I won't comment on the photos, they speak for themselves. But I was pleased to see a bit of poetry as part of the quite vast memorial. I only took a few pictures of the many quotes.
The State Capitol with mountains in the distance. Boise, city of trees. Great to see all the green leaves after miles and miles and miles of dry sagebrush country.
Boise River, downtown. Again, as has been the case all throughout this journey, high water.
US 20 as I enter into Oregon, the last state of the journey. I'll be in the state for a week, ending June 9 at the Pacific, in Newport.
A thunderegg is a nodule-like geological structure, similar to a geode, that is formed within a rhyolitic lava flow. This from Wikipedia. I should be able to post a picture of one tomorrow.
A mural commemorating the Oregon trail on a building in Nyssa.
First day of the Farmer's Market in Ontario. I only had a few minutes to browse before my program at the library. Buffalo Sliders are mini buffalo burgers. The stand sold them for $1.
Great response, again, to the program and invite to return. I'll be spending the day tomorrow in Ontario, performing my 60s oral memoir at the local college. Then, a couple of days in the high desert of eastern Oregon, probably camping, and maybe out of touch with the rest of the world.