Day 72: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
The temps reaching into the 100s here this week, I devised a plan that would minimize the amount I would need to be in the hottest times of the day. This morning, and going forward the rest of the week, I get up and out as early as possible and enjoy the cooler temps and then be done early afternoon before I get heat exhaustion from driving my hot car. (Same concept at Disney World- in early, out early, enjoy cooler temps and less crowds that way).
Today I got to “Zoo Boise” right away at opening at 9 a.m., which made for a quiet visit AND a great parking spot near the entrance! $11 admission, (which I thought was cheap for a Zoo), and I headed in and just walked around. I had zero agenda, just like I like it. I had sandals on today…sandals means Amy is in chill mode, and tennis shoes means I have lots to walk. Funny how shoes can change your mood so much, but they were nice and cool, having my toes exposed to areas with fresh, cut grass felt SO GOOD. I meandered from pen to pen, taking pics, enjoying my Coca-Cola tic tacs, and just relaxing. Here are all the animals I took pics of, my favorite being the lion who was being fed while I was there.
The zoo was worth the money, but it was annoying to see all the plastic netting up all over the Park- I assume a pandemic thing maybe, but it was everywhere. Lots of buildings were shut down, but they were still giving their personal animal encounters. You can feed a bear, the giraffes, or the penguins here- they were booked solid for the day but it’s something to look into if you are wanting more of an experience out of the Zoo.
Next door to the Zoo was this beautiful Rose Garden. I really wanted to play with Alice here and sing “We’re painting the roses red..” It was stunning, and I can imagine the wedding and senior pics that must be taken here.
And on the other side of that was the Boise Art Museum. For $5, I thought why not? I am not big into the Art Museums and Galleries, although I really enjoyed the one in Milwaukee and the Smithsonian one in Washington D.C. I was with JT at the Milwaukee one and I remembered how hard we were laughing because I just wasn’t “getting” some of the ideas behind the art, but that’s what it is. And Monet in D.C.? Can’t beat that! This one was very small, took under an hour to walk it and read some of the narratives. It was ok, I like to support anything in the Arts so if you have time, stop on by.
It’s now after 1 p.m., and I am famished. It seems that no matter when I leave my hotel room, I still eat lunch about 2 pm every day and dinner by 6. The idea is to grab another Wendy’s Strawberry salad, they are SOOOO good! BUT as I am passing the “Discovery Center” I see “TITANIC EXHIBIT NOW OPEN!!” Yeah, I didn’t even think about it, I turned into the parking lot, grabbed Walter, and headed in. $18, the most I had spent for admission to something in awhile, and was handed my boarding pass for this amazing ocean liner. I was sailing from Cherbourg, my name Mrs. Amin S Jerwan and I got lucky with second class. Traveling alone, I had just visited my family in Switzerland and eagerly awaited my reunion with my husband back in New York City. What could go wrong? (Having done the Exhibit in Orlando several times and elsewhere, I was eager to see what they had from the wreck).
There are two different types of “Titanic” experiences when it comes to these types of attractions. One is an exhibit, set up for a couple of weeks so not a lot to them, and then the permanent ones like the ones in Orlando, Vegas, and Branson. (Yes I will be doing Vegas and Branson ones on this trip). This one was pretty plain, but they had a couple of things that REALLY stood out to me. Plain I mean they have big pictures of the ship, the inside, etc… in Orlando you can stand ON the full size grand staircase, put your hand on what would have been the cold iceberg, and have a huge piece of the ship on display. Basically you are immersed there, here you felt like you were at a small gallery for Titanic. Anyways, I was still happy to see it…especially when I saw that they had one of the FAMOUS CHERUBS from one of the many staircases. It looks a lot like the “Grand Staircase” one but they note it is only similiar. Still from the Titanic, it’s from the other side of the “C” staircase, same concept, the real deal. I squealed with delight, it was a first to see one of them.
My second favorite thing was the life size display of what, how big, etc… the life boats were. When you stand on the image, you realize how much room they really did have. They could have saved hundreds more, but the fear of capsizing them kept them from filling them. Did you know that only one woman was saved from the cold sea? Read her story with her pic below.
My third favorite thing was that they highlighted some of the stories that I did NOT know about here. Again, read below…. Pretty shocking and amazing. Oh I have also included my ghost app (GHOST LEGACY) hits on here so you can see what the spirits were saying to me in the Exhibit. They believe that objects carry residual energy, from those who touched them and used them, so I let it play and I screen shot the words as they come in. You don’t have to believe me on any of it, I do, and I have had WAY to many come through to not believe it doesn’t work.
I enjoyed seeing all the real artifacts they have removed from the wreck, and learned today that the reason any paper made it, including money, is that they were stored in leather pouches or wallets. Leather doesn’t allow anything to eat through it, so the sea life wasn’t able to wreck them much. Case and point is the money below, including the $5 bill MADE here in Idaho AND the bill, and only bill, to have an Indian Chief on it. All found on the Titanic.
So did I live? Did I make it back to NY City? OF COURSE I DID! At the end they have a list of all the names of who survived and who perished. Takes a bit of time to find your name, but I did and she made it back to her hubby. I HIGHLY suggest this exhibit if for nothing but seeing the cherub. No stickers or postcards, so nothing to buy so I headed out to my car and looked to my left and saw a grocery store- SCORE!!! I had been needing spinach and blueberries for my smoothies in the morning, and was happy to grab some snacks, watermelon, salads, and Coke Zero.
Now back in my hotel room for the day, enjoying the cold and watching “Signs” on tv. I see a nap, a workout, and then more writing in the rest of my day. Hope you all had a great day, see you tomorrow!
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