Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lake Cascade is a Beautiful Fall Destination

Cascade Lake, Beach

This year we have some beautiful fall colors to enjoy.  I particularly like to go to the Donnelly area and hike and relax after the summer craze on Lake Cascade.  It is peaceful and quiet and a great way to spend a day or a week-end and enjoy some beautiful scenery.  The drive up (and back) on Hwy 55 has some breathtaking views of the changing Tamarack trees.  I love to see a hillside dotted with the beautiful bright yellow along with all the green pine trees.  If you are looking for a day trip or a week-end trip to enjoy some of our great Idaho scenery, try taking a drive to Donnelly or McCall.  Stop at some hiking trails or have a fall picnic at the various day use areas.  See link below for more ideas on things to do around Lake Cascade:


Halloween Activities Geared to Young Families

My blog the other day discussed what to do this week-end for SCARY activities.  That obviously won’t work for the toddler and elementary age group so I polled some people on what would be good week-end activities for families with younger children. 

Farmstead Festival:  Corner of I-84 and Eagle Road.  This festival is open from 4 – 9p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 – 11 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.  It has an 18 acre corn maze, pig races, pony rides, hay rides, jumping pillow, cow train and corn box.  PLUS – the older kids can go to the Field of Screams at dark if they like.  They have concessions too so you won’t go hungry:

Linder Farms:  Located at 7165 S Linder Road in Meridian.  Linder is one mile West of Kuna/Meridian Hwy.  Linder Farms is between Lake Hazel and Columbia Roads.  Hours are 4 to 9p.m. on Thursday, 4 – 10p.m. on Friday, and 10a.m. to 10p.m. on Saturday.  This is home of the 15 acre BSU Bronco corn maze.  Other attractions include hay rides, pumpkin patch, playground, obstacle course, laser tag, swings, concessions and MORE:

Discovery CenterLocated on Myrtle between Capital Blvd and Broadway.  Halloween night at the Discovery Center.  A safe indoor trick or treating venue combined with science:

Boo at the Zoo:  10a.m to 5:00p.m.  on Saturday October 29.  Costumed Characters passing out candy, costume contests, face painting, and more!

Idaho Ice World:  Gowen Road exit by the Outlet Mall.  October 30 from 12:30 to 3:30.  Public skating, costume contest, DJ, candy and more.

Northwest Pets:  State Street in Eagle between Horseshoe Bend Road and HWY 55.  Halloween pet costume contest and adoption event.  Each winner receives a $100 gift card.  There will be booths hosted by local shelters and pet rescue groups so you can come look for a new family member too!

Scary Things to do Before Halloween!

This is the last week-end to take in some of the SCARY festivities before Halloween on Monday. I personally am a chicken so I had to go to my friends and my children to find out the fun, spooky events going on.

Field of Screams:  Located at I-84 and Eagle Road.  During the day this corn maze and festival area is a wonderful family experience but after dark it becomes the Field of Screams.  Open at dark on Friday’s and Saturday’s the peaceful corn maze turns into a scary experience complete with a legend of why people are roaming the fields and screaming out.  Visit their website to read about the legend:

Haunted World:  Located on Hwy 20/26 (Chinden Blvd) and Northside Blvd.  Open dusk to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and dusk to 12:00 on Friday and Saturday.  This venue has several scary things to enjoy:  Haunted World, Skullvania and the Corn Maze.  You can definitely make an evening out of your visit.  Check it out at this website:

Scary Movies:  My teenage daughter and her friends like to make a marathon of scary movies.  This is when I disappear because I would have nightmares for weeks!  Here is a list of some scary movies you may want to check out for your movie marathon:

  1. Paranormal Activity
  2. Insidious
  3. The Ring
  4. The Blair Witch Project
  5. The Shining
  6. Silence of the Lambs
  7. The Shining
  8. The Exorcist
  9. Rosemary’s Baby
  10. Carrie
  11. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  12. The Nightmare on Elm Street
  13. Halloween
  14. Friday the 13th
  15. The Omen
  16. Scream
  17. Alien
  18. Saw
  19. The Descent
  20. The Hills Have Eyes

There are TONS more too.  Just go to your local video rental store or whatever online service you have.  I personally have seen a handful of these and I realize that I am not cut out for scary movies.  When the movie marathon is on at my house, I will be locked in my room watching some sappy  “feel good” movie!



Fun for all at Settlers Park in Meridian

Swings at Settlers Park

Looking for somewhere the whole family can go to enjoy the weather this week-end? Settlers park in Meridian at the corner of Meridian Road and Ustick is a great place to check out.

Adventure Island play area is universally accessible so you have room for wheelchairs and strollers to move about. There is a sound garden, rock wall, and great playground equipment.

The park also features several covered picnic areas (plus lots of grass!), 16 horseshoe pits, tennis courts, bike racks, running/walking path, and even a fishing pond!

There really is something for everyone here.

Have a great week-end!

This link has some great photos of the park:

Fall Greenbelt Activity

Boise River

Another beautiful week to get out and enjoy the weather. We love going to the greenbelt even when we only have a short amount of time to get outside and do a family activity. There are so many access points that make it super easy to get to. The greenery and the river make it very peaceful and relaxing.

The greenbelt runs from Eagle to Lucky Peak reservoir. It’s great to visit for a walk or a bike ride and to find some really great fishing holes. There are park benches along the way as well as grassy areas and parks.

We have favorite entry points near Glenwood and State, in Eagle and we also love the greenbelt near the parks downtown. There are a couple of dirt path – walking only sections, that are nice too if you want to avoid bikes and people on roller blades.

Grab an hour or two in between all your other activities and enjoy this gorgeous fall weather. I know I will!

Here is a link to the Boise map of the Greenbelt:

Sa-wad-dee. Delicious Thai Food in Meridian

Painting at Sawaddee

Fresh Rolls

If you are looking for an authentic place to eat Thai food, try one of our favorite restaurants, Sa-wad-dee. It’s located at Locust Grove and Fairview in a little strip mall in front of Fred Meyers.

Sa-wad-dee means ‘hello’ in Thai. The staff is incredibly friendly and the food is fabulous. The menu gives you tons of Thai food choices AND a sushi bar. Our favorite dishes are the Fresh Spring Rolls, Panang Curry, Cashew Chicken, Shrimp in the Mud, and sushi. Our kids love the House Fried Rice and the Pad Thai.

Sa-wad-dee has a Wednesday night Happy Hour and live music too. It is from 6:00 to 9:00 every week and features local artists. Here is the schedule for the next three weeks:

September 21st Michael Laky

September 28th Jennifer Anderson

October 5th Jack Brown

For more information:

Firebird Raceway Halloween Classic

If you like Halloween and racing…head on out to Firebird Raceway this week-end for the Halloween Classic XVIII. We have been out there several times for this event and it is a lot of fun for the whole family. We especially like it because around 3:00 our good friend Rob Coddens will be racing his diesel truck. Rob currently holds the world record in quarter mile drag racing in his diesel class. At 9.69 seconds in the quarter miles and 148 mph he is crazy fast for a street diesel truck!

Here is a schedule of events:

Opens: 9 am
Time Trials: 10 am (Exclusively for Classic drivers with no previous runs at event)
Bonus Race Eliminations: 11:30 pm
(No Box/Hi Roller, Sled/Bike Gambler, No Box/Gambler, Super Roller)
Lucas Oil Top Gun Final Qualifying (1): 3 pm
Adult Admission: $12, Child 6-12: $5, Toddlers 5 & under: Free

Opens: 8 am
Time Trials for all Racers (starting w/SM, then JT & JL): 8:30 am
Lucas Oil Top Gun First Round of Eliminations: 12:30 pm
Start of Classic Eliminations (PRO, SUPER PRO, HEAVY): 3:15 pm
Top Gun Second Round: 3 pm
Kid’s Halloween Party/Games/Hayrides: 4 pm-6 pm
Kid’s Costume Party: 6:30 pm
Trick or Treating: 7 pm
Start of Chili Feed: 6:30 pm
Air Firebird Wheelstanding Contest: 8 pm
Adult Costume Party: 8:45 pm
Adult Admission: $15, Child 6-12: $5, Toddlers 5 & under: Free

Opens: 8 am
First Round of SPORTSMAN: 8:30 am
No Time Trials on Sunday—it’s all racing
Junior Elims (2nd Day): 9:15 am
The CLASSIC Marathon continues: 10 am
Announcement of the Best of Show award winners: Noon
Last Chance Race: Following conclusion of First Round of Racing
Adult Admission: $15, Child 6-12: $5, Toddlers 5 & under: Free

Due to uncontrollable conditions (weather, etc.) this schedule is subject to change.

You can also visit Firebird Raceway’s website at:

Eagle Bike Park

We are getting a burst of nice weather this week before some more rain sets in. It’s a great time to take advantage of the late afternoon/early evening hours before the time falls back. We love to go to the Eagle Idaho bike park. It has something for everyone. The park has great trails and loops for mountain biking and hiking plus jumps and a BMX track for the adrenaline junkies. The sports complex even has a skateboard park and a beautiful grassy area for picnics.
BAMBA (Boise Area Mountain Bike Association) is even having a Halloween Night Ride on October 29 from 7:00 to 9:30 (night ride and a costume contest!). RSVP at this link so they know how many people are attending.

Fresh Local Produce.

The Barn at Chinden and Ten Mile Rd

For years I have driven past the signs on Chinden and Ten Mile Road in Meridian. This summer I turned in to see what this place was all about. I was happy that I did! The Barn is loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables and AWESOME pumpkins this time of year. They have the best peaches I have ever tasted. The green beans, cucumbers, corn, and cantaloupe are delicious too. It’s all very fresh and there is a HUGE variety. If you are looking for a great place to get fresh produce at very good prices, don’t drive by the signs on Chinden and Ten Mile Road! Turn in and enjoy a variety of fresh produce. Check it out online:

They also offer canning classes if you are interested in preserving your own bounty. I think I will have to check that out soon too…