Time for Green and Growth.

Time for Green and Growth.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

One More Trip!

The weather is changing and I find the days getting shorter and shorter. Unfortunately, my list for the outdoor fun has not gotten smaller. I either keep adding to the list or I want to do the same activity again. I love summer! It brings me such life and joy. It refreshes my mind, body, lungs and soul. My eyes take in all the views - the clouds, the green foliage, the clear blue sky, the cool refreshing water. My family and friends laugh and enjoy the time we have together outdoors. It is always refreshing and fulfilling to me.

We live in a beautiful area. We here this fact all the time. But so often we focus on nothing but the issues that we have no control over. The ones that cause us grief and stress and sleepless nights. I am going to dedicate my waking hours to enjoying the picturesque areas around me and make sure I share this peace I find with others. Getting out and enjoying the world around you is FREE! Anything free is so much more fun.

                                                                                                                     Beverly Shook

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Canyon Trails - Good For the Soul and So Much More!

Canyon Trails

As I kicked a loose rock off of the trail to keep someone else from possibly turning their ankle as they walk or run along the Canyon Rim Trail; I never cease to feel the excitement and appreciation for the opportunity to use these trails as well as enjoy breath taking view while we use them. It has been a gradual process of planning, approving, and mapping out these paths that run along and in the Snake River Canyon as well as along and in Rock Creek Canyon. Because of others vision and ideas, we get the opportunity to enjoy more of the landscape we live around here in the Magic Valley area. The trails provide us with the best option for walking, running, biking, stroller pushing, etc… without having to worry about sharing the road with automobiles.  We also get the opportunity to enjoy the sites with so many others friends, family while meeting new people along the way. People traveling through get to stretch their legs and take a walk along the canyon by the Perrine Bridge. Friends and family use the trails to exercise, visit and catch up on life and circumstances. These trails are no doubt a positive improvement to the area in which we live. For so many reasons; but mostly SPIRITUALLY (getting outdoors brings you closer to nature as well as strengthen your belief and faith. Being outdoors relieves stress), RELATIONALLY (spending time with people you love and care for.  Walking or exercising with them allows time for positive communication and working through life struggles as well as gives you time to catch up and remember why you love being with them), PHYSICALLY (We all know the truth about how good it is for us humans to be out exercising and enjoying the outdoors. The results are obvious). We can’t forget MENTALLY (being outdoors and exercising clears our minds and freshens our own outlook, helps us with decisions and encourages us to be mindful of the important things in life). We are so blessed here in Idaho!
Some things to keep in mind while enjoying the trails. Don’t stand in the middle of the trails visiting with friends. Step off the path and keep visiting. If you walk your dog on the trails, make sure you bring your baggie to pick up their droppings they leave along the trail so people and children don’t accidently step in them while enjoying the trails. Don’t take up the whole path while walking or riding together. Be mindful of bikers and runners and walkers to make sure there is room for them to pass you without the fear of getting too close or having to ride off the path to go around you. Know what side of the path you should be using to prevent others from having to step over because you are on the wrong side.   If everyone is mindful of others and their activities on the Trail system, it will always be a pleasant place to be.
We have a group of people in the community passionate about the trail system and raising monies to connect the trails here in the Magic Valley.
                  MaVTEC is - The Magic Valley Trail Enhancement Committee
MaVTEC is made up of passionate community members focused on acquiring, adjoining and updating the trail systems in the Magic Valley.
Our mission is to provide our community with the opportunity for a healthy, safe, relaxing and enjoyable place to run, walk and bike.

Snake River Canyon Rim Trail Project
Connecting Washington St. N to Shoshone Falls and to the College of Southern Idaho.
The trail from Washington Street to Shoshone Falls and to the campus of the College of Southern Idaho is in the works! MaVTEC in connection with the Twin Falls Community Foundation are focusing fundraising efforts to acquire the land and build the trail.
All net proceeds from MaVTEC races are put directly into the trail development fund.
Upcoming Fund Raising Event to Enhance and Connect the Trails:
Cycle Magic Valley -  August 20
Color Splash – Sept 24
Santa Run – December 3
To Donate go to:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Only a Day Trip - Sunnyslope Wine Trail - Idaho Wine Country

Ste Chapelle Winery

Near Lake Lowell

Nampa and Marsing Mustard Fields

Abandoned Barn - Nampa Area

                       When you must take a drive out of town for an appointment; why not make it a day trip and visit some beautiful sights around your destination. You can experience some places you've not seen before as well as learn a bit more about nearby travel destinations.

I don't remember seeing Lake Lowell before, but we drove by the large lake near Marsing. I can see the fun a family can have boating, fishing, camping and fishing. It is a beautiful lake in the spring.

Most every country road you drive on you will come across some beautiful mustard fields in Nampa and Marsing area.

Barns from years ago show their age as they stand there looking tired and lonely. I never tire of seeing old barns showing the age and character of the countryside we live in.

St Chapelle as well as Bitner, and Zhoo Zhoo Wine, Hat Ranch and Williamson Orchards and Vineyards, and Koenig; as well as so many other wineries and vineyards are coloring the countryside with their vines and fruit trees.

This land is truly a beautiful sight. Not to mention exciting your taste buds with their perfect Idaho Wine. You will be hungry before the day is over; so stop at Orchard House and enjoy a delicious meal and dessert.

Take a trip today. A day trip or a weekend. You will not be disappointed. 

Sunnyslope Wine Trail  -  Idaho

                                                          Beverly Shook

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Magic Valley Trail at Shoshone Falls Park

The view of the Snake River and the Shoshone Falls in the distance from the Canyon Trail.There are plenty of places to stop along the way and take a break at the benches set in place for you to enjoy.
From the Shoshone Park area to Evel Knevel Jump and back to the park the walk is right about 4 miles. Give or take a little.

You get a good view of the sky and clouds above as well as the city in the distance. We have so many clear days here in Twin Falls. You will rarely ever see fog or inversion. In August we get some smoke in the air from the Forest Fires and Desert Fires.

This shot gives you an idea of the very nice path we have to walk/run/bike and enjoy along the canyon starting at Shoshone Falls Park. Take opportunities to support the programs and events that help to fund this project.

Falls 2 Falls on April 16th is one event that MaVTEC is facilitating to help create awareness and fund the Magic Valley Trails in the Magic Valley area.
Go to: mavtec.org to find out more.

Beverly Shook

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.
Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia!
Chris the Lord is Risen Today!

Thomas Scott: Easter Angels

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
"At morn the cherry blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!"

Edna Dean Proctor: Easter Bells
Houghton Mifflin Company

I can live forever with God. Trouble, illness, and death may come,
but my real self -- my soul-- will go on living in another existence
with Almighty God.
That is one of the plain meanings of Easter.
From Great Protestant Festivals
By Clearence Seidenspinner.

Photo of the Sky above us by:  Beverly Shook

Look to the sky - That is where our help comes from. It comes from the Lord- Creator of Heaven and Earth.
                                                                                   -Holy Bible-

Monday, March 7, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Winter! Say Hello to Spring!

Skiing Magic Mountain Ski Resort

There are so many great resorts and mountains to ski here in Idaho. We chose Magic Mountain because it is
so close to our home and it has been a great place for our children to learn to ski.
Not to mention - The owners are so friendly and take good care of their skiers, snowboarders and tubers.

When you are at the TOP it is always Heavenly!

At the top of a Mountain. At the top of a wonderful experience. In Love!
We always like to feel like we are on TOP of the world.

I love the Clouds.

Clouds bring so much variety to our day. Shade, Wind, Lightning, Rain, Sleet, Snow, Hail.
Formations to gaze at. While relaxing any time of the year - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Skiing with Doug

Your time with your kids is fleeting. Lose track of your time and set your mind and focus
on other things. Before you know it your children will be focused on their own interests and families; working to
make something of their life. They will be all grown up.

Beverly Shook