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1 year and counting… Boise

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Life just zips by when you’re not looking.  It’s been a year since we arrived in Boise.  And so far, I love it here.  The main thing I miss in Singapore is my family especially my mother.  If I could transplant her here, it would be complete.  We’ve been trying to enjoy the important things in life – like family time, nature – the former being difficult sometimes in Singapore due to work pressures and lack of time and the latter being almost non-existent.  But I have to admit, the other thing I miss is the abundance of food – cheap, good food in Singapore.

We decided – well, I decided that we must do something special this weekend to celebrate our 1 year of being here so we decided to check out the scenic train ride that starts at Horseshoe Bend (just a 45min drive for us).  We woke up to an overcast morning – feeling really disappointed, I kept looking out the window praying for sunshine to peep through the clouds.  It started getting a little warmer so we got ready and decided to “try our luck”. 

Getting to horseshoe bend, we decided that luck was definitely on our side.  It was a GLORIOUS day – the weather was perfect – warm enough to go just with a jersey, but cool enough not to melt onto the train’s seats.  This particular ride we chose was the Wild West Train which involved actors in 1890s persona who would rob the train and stage a shootout.  They were hilarious – trying to get the passengers involved.  Our “luck” continued when we sat in a row of seats where a couple of seats next to us were empty.  So the actors just filled up all the empty seats.  More than once all of us got involved – even Divya who was babbling with them.  Well, my words will never truly capture the way we felt having this wonderful family outing, so hope the pictures with their captions do 🙂

A view from the moving train

2 of the “wayward” girls

The little assistant-deputy

The cool private detective

The wannabe cool detective :p

 A view through passengers’ heads

One of the captives in his cuffs

The captive with the marshall, deputy – trying to scare passengers

View of the payette river

The detective with the assistant deputy again

Elan with a tied up hostage (hehe – he was so embarrassed) – the older kids on train loved the whole thing – some of them even believing it was real – there were a couple of kids who would try to “untie” the hostages every time the captives turned their backs hehe

The fake money we were given when entering the train that we had to give to the robbers

A really nice view

The actors getting the passengers to join in with “You are my sunshine” and “She’ll be coming round the mountain” – ofcourse I joined in with Divya but Elan was still too embarrassed

Some snow still visible on the mountains in the distance

Bad idea – to take a photo in the shade

Divya with the Marshall and the Deputy

The Elans

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sunday, May 4, 2008 10:01 pm

    That looks like a WONDERFUL day trip!!! My kids would love that so much, as would Joe and I. *grin*

  2. boiseangel permalink*
    Sunday, May 4, 2008 10:22 pm

    @Julie : I’m sure all of you would love it – especially your kids. Some of the kids on the trains came dressed in their country western outfits and even brought their water pistols 🙂

  3. Monday, May 5, 2008 2:12 am

    Looks like a wonderful day out 🙂 . Happy Anniversay on being in Boise for 1 year! (Time will fly – believe me. We’ve been here in Melbourne for 10 years this year,.. and sometimes it still feels as if we just arrived 🙂 )

  4. boiseangel permalink*
    Tuesday, May 6, 2008 10:48 am

    @spillay : I know what you mean….

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