Category ‘2008’

September 16th
2008
written by Alonna

If you read our blog, or any other blogs, you might find yourself checking them frequently only to find that nothing has been updated.  Or you might forget about them and then later when you remember to check there’s 6 months of posts that you’ve missed.  This is why you should setup an RSS reader.

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September 7th
2008
written by Bullet-Point Ben

Last weekend we spent an hour or two playing around with the kite and camera at Barber Park

September 1st
2008
written by Bullet-Point Ben

Somehow these must have been accidentally left out of the Ruttgers post.
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August 30th
2008
written by Bullet-Point Ben

Making your own kite might sound a little dorky.

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However, a few points to consider:

  • This kite is 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
  • It’s called a Rokkaku.  Rok for short.
  • It’s a Japanese fighter kite
  • It can easily lift a camera for taking pictures
  • It has an angry face on it.

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August 29th
2008
written by Alonna
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Last weekend the Albertus family (plus us two Scott’s) took a weekend trip to a lake in Minnesota.  We stayed at a nice resort called Ruttgers on Bay Lake and took advantage of tons of available activities including: water skiing, swimming, fishing, jumping on the water trampoline, tennis, campfires, Clay’s birthday, board games and yard games.  We had so much fun!  Here’s some of the highlights… (more…)

August 25th
2008
written by Alonna

Tonight there was a huge fire in Southeast Boise in a neighborhood near our house.  We first noticed something when we heard a lot of sirens outside.  The wind was really strong and we had headed out on our bikes to try out Ben’s new kite.  But we saw smoke in the distance and decided to head that direction to investigate.  There was a huge fire spread out across a large open field off of Amity Road and houses burning on the ridge above.  It’s so dry here, and with the strong winds the fire spread like crazy.  We got there pretty early so we saw it spread and multiple houses catch on fire.  It sounds like about 10 houses burnt down and a bunch more damaged.  Luckily it doesn’t sound like anyone was hurt.  Anyway, our video and photos probably tell the story better than I can… (more…)

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August 20th
2008
written by Alonna

I’ve already posted about some of our activities in and around Coeur d’Alene.  But we also had a fun time along the way.  Here’s two google map snapshots of our route, and some photos of the trip:

A = Boise    B = Grangeville    C = Coeur d’Alene    D = Route of the Hiawatha    E = Moscow

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August 19th
2008
written by Alonna

Ben, Beth and I rode a “rails-to-trails” bike ride in Northern Idaho called Route of the Hiawatha.  It’s an old train route in the mountains, going through 10 tunnels and over 7 trestles (bridges).  The coolest part was a 1.66 mile long tunnel!  The tunnel was pitch black (bike lamps required), and super cold.  It was damp and only 40 degrees F inside.  We were warned ahead of time to go slow, because if you go fast you’ll get mud splashed in a straight line up your back.  Sure enough, a few guys sped past us and they all had thick mud streaks right up their backs!  Anyway, the scenery was gorgeous and we had a really fun time.  The trail is 15 miles long downhill, then you take a bus back up to the top.  Here’s a few photos from the ride.

Start of the adventure:                                         The view:

Hiawatha Bike Trail   Hiawatha Bike Trail

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August 19th
2008
written by Bullet-Point Ben

I’m trying to use the kite/camera rig to get the perfect “how the heck did you take that?” picture of the Boise river / capital building /foothills, and hopefully a few people floating down the river too.   So yesterday I went over to Barber Park and played around with the camera/kite combo for about half an hour.

  • If I’d angled the camera about 30 degrees to the left I would have gotten a great picture of table rock and the river – much closer to the “perfect picture” I was after. But I think this looks cool anyway.
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  • Apparently they’re growing something on the roof of this building.
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  • I really need to put together a suspension system so the pictures aren’t so blurry all the time.
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August 14th
2008
written by Alonna

Last weekend Ben’s sister Beth came to visit.  We decided to take a road trip to Northern Idaho, an area that Ben and I hadn’t yet explored.  There’s a popular destination called Coeur d’Alene which is on a lake in a mountainous area.  Also we heard about a cool rails-to-trails bike trail that we were really excited to try out.

We drove 7-hours Friday night and Saturday morning to get to Coeur d’Alene.  The drive was long, but really pretty – windy mountain roads, rivers and canyons, golden-colored wheat fields, and small towns.  After arriving, we had the afternoon in Coeur d’Alene, so we took out the kite to take some photos… you can see a few of those in Ben’s last post.  Here’s another good one, and also a photo of our reward after a long day of driving and kite-flying.

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