Jun. 8, 2019

June 7, 2019

Hello Adventure Friends!  I hope you had an eventful week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!  Lets all get out and get adventuring.

1.  This bright but chilly weekend is fun and busy...from rodeos to nature expos, there is something for everyone! First, Saturday morning starting at 7:30 it is the Poop Scoot Fun Run hosted by the City of Meridian in honor of national public works week. This is a free family event that starts off at Kliener Park and is FREE. A donation of a toiletry item for a local charity would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to celebrate those very necessary but overlooked employees over at Public works, enjoy an event with the whole family all while helping out a charity with much needed items.  Everybody get Poop Scooting!

2.  If you are like me and 730 comes a little too early in the morning on a Saturday, don’t be discouraged.  Starting at 10 its the Get Outdoors Festival at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Reserve. Join everyone at the Visitor’s Center off the intersection of Indiana and Roosevelt from 10 to 2 for lots of fun activities like fishing, hunting education, nature journaling, interpretive walks, and more including hands on activity booths and guided walks. What a fantastic way to get out and enjoy the day with the whole family while learning about the gifts of nature our beautiful state has to offer.

3.  Keeping with the nature theme we have going between poop scooting and fishing….Saturday at 11 at the Ford Idaho Center is the Great Northwest Expos Elk Calling Contest.  I have to tell you there is no greater sound that the bugling of elk on the mountainside on a crisp morning. I know we have some pretty talented callers here so get out there and put your skills to the test.  For those of us that sound more like a fog horn than a bull, head over and take a listen. You will be impressed with the talent our idaho buglers bring to the table.

4.  This Saturday is also the kick off for the City of Kunas summer concert series.  Kuna is Idaho’s HomeGrown Hometown just outside the big city and there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying music under the stairs kicked back in your lawnchair on the Kuna Greenbelt.  Llive music with the Almost Dangerous Band starts at 630. This is a FREE family friendly event. Not only is local music featured but also local food and adult beverages. Check out some hometown just outside the big city.  

5.  Saturday is shaping up to be a busy day.  Ending the day is the Midnight Grudge Drags out at Firebird Raceway.  The gates open at 7 pm with races starting at 8. Sponsored by Peterson Chevrolet and featuring unlimited grudge racing, it is a great way to end an Idaho Saturday night.  

6.  After the weekend settles down, be sure to join in supporting Idaho students around the state at the Idaho Student Media Festival.  The festival takes place at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise on Monday evening starting at 6. This is a FREE event hosted by the Idaho Mastery Education Network.  They are inviting the community to experience on the big screen media projects created by our talented idaho students. A fantastic way to spend a Monday evening and support idaho talent.

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

For my Bucketlist adventure last week...and to celebrate my birthday….I headed up to Banks, Idaho and the Lazy R Ranch for a guided trail ride.  So much fun! First of all, it is a beautiful drive about 1 hour outside of Boise on highway 55. You are right along the river so not only do you get the enjoy the national forest, but also the people out enjoying the river.  Once in Banks its about 5 miles down a little bit of a rough dirt road, but well worth it. This little ranch not only does guided trail rides, but also weddings and camping. We met up with our guide Brian at the corrals just outside the home area.  I got to meet a Sunny the horse and we became fast friends. This is open to people off all skill levels as far as horsemanship. Brian explained everything and was helpful making sure everyone was comfortable and knew what they were doing. We joined a group of 6 others that ranged in ages from 8 to….well….me.  I like the fact they didn’t just take you along a dirt road, it was an actual trail up the mountain and back. A real trail ride. They have plenty of ride options available from 1 hour to a half day. They pick your horse by matching height and weight so you are both comfortable. Brian took the time to make sure all of us fit correctly in our saddles and stirrups.  Be sure to take water and wear something weather appropriate. I would suggest a light jacket also because the weather can change quickly. Contact Lazy R Ranch on their website for more information and mention that you heard about them on Realistic Guide to a BucketList. It is definitely a bucket list item I plan to do again.

 Heads up fellow Adventurers...KQFC will be hosting Country Stomp next week so there will be no radio show, but tune in here for a weekly update.  Have a great week!