How amazing what nature can transform us in our lives! Its been a long awaited snow of the year, loving the change of weather, the Valley is just lovely
Fall has always been my favorite season. The time where everything bursts with its cast beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the round finale - Lauren Destefano
Autumn …. the year’s last, loveliest smile - William Cullen Bryant
Its really cooling down, reflecting the beauty of autumn. The days are shorter and the weather is cooler. The pumpkin season has begun.
Its a historical ancient building that was built in 1907. If you’re a Catholic, you’ll appreciate seeing such a wonderful architecture such as this one. The Building was occupied by Benedictines sisters originally from Swizerland and the Benefictine sisters still occupy this monastery to this day. Its location is in a precisely beautiful location on the central Idaho of about 1400 acres of private land.
Next to the monastery are three separate buildings i.e the Monastery museum & Gift shop, their spirit center for events and retreat and the Inn at St Gertrudes. All are owned and operated by the sisters of the Monastery.
The Inn - wonderfully appointed and I will definitely be coming back to this place. The ara is al about hiking trails and with the cool and beautiful autumn weather, walking around was indeed a great exercise!
We stayed a night at the Inn which is managed by the monastery. It has only 4 rooms to rent out to the public :
1. Bluebird Studio room with Prairie view,
2. Meadowlark Studio room with forest view, 3. Pheasant Suite with Prairie view and
4. Hummingbird Suite with forest view.
Reservations can be made via their website or via TripAdvisor. These 4 rooms are well appointed, much like a hotel room.
Continental breakfast is served from 7am to 9am every morning. They also have evening snack at 6pm daily with coffee/tea and had a chocolate cake while we were there on Saturday.
Started off at eight, a cool morning ride towards the picturesque highway 55 with a number of quaint small towns along the way. The road is winding uphill and downhill and repeatedly uphill and downhill drive until we reached our destination, Cottonwood. You can, without doubt, pull over to a scenic overlook or viewpoint to take photographs. The famous highway 55 is a gateway to the state’s popularly remote and beautiful back country. Summer travel season is pretty much over and so the roads aren't too busy.
Amazing to look at and curious how it feels on the double decker skybridge, thought to be the highest bridge in the world connecting both towers together. The view of Kuala Lumpur city is spectacular from this bridge. Though I am a height freak I somehow made it to the top. A few amazing views taken from the skybridge :