Monday, March 23, 2020

Botanics @ the Pen

Next stop: Idaho Botanical Garden located adjacent to the old penitentiary. Now these people know how to do a pandemic the right way! We had called ahead to verify that they were open and could use our Mt. Pisgah Arboretum membership card for reciprocal entry. When we arrived, the kiosk was gated off to ensure safety of the ticket taker. She just had us show our card from afar and off we went.

Oh, and first stop was the bathroom...they had a stand of paper towels out front so that you could use one to open the door. So thoughtful!

The arboretum was AMAZING. It was very large with a variety of art pieces. We took the self-guided tour of the Garden’s features and sculptures and listened to information at each stop using their online site,

Sculpture made of found items.
Tree made of scrap lumber.
We were on the last leg of our trip and had planned to drive home via Burns, Oregon. As we were getting ready to leave Boise, a friend texted us that a storm was due to hit the Cascades. Ugh. We were in a rental car, had no chains, and did not want to take any chances when it came to snow and ice. Our trip was rerouted and we headed off to Pendleton, Oregon for our last night on the road.

A walk along the Umatilla River
The Governor had just closed all parks.

Read other posts about our unintended drive across America.

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