• Adventures

    Fall Camping Trip

    We wrapped up our 2018 camping season earlier this month. Where: Yaak River Campground between Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Troy, Montana. When: Friday evening, October 12 through Sunday afternoon, October 14. Who: Lyle and Karla, Rebecca, Cookie-the-Dog Weather: Lovely for fall. Some sunshine. Some rain. Menus: Friday supper: hot dogs, chips and salsa, pork’n’beans After-supper snack both nights: Campfire popcorn…

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    August in Review

    You know, I’d really rather be writing something of a little more substance here, but life is what it is. For now, about the best I can do is record my recent activities. For your edification and for posterity, I guess. Because I’m sure you’re interested. Right? In My Neighborhood The city is getting ready to do some major work…

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    Historical Driving Tour: Spirit Lake

    The next installment in our local historical driving tour takes us about 12 miles north of Rathdrum to another little town called Spirit Lake. This was actually the first tour Lyle and I did from the Roads Less Traveled book, so my pictures are from last fall. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Another special old church badly in need of restoration.…

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    July in Review and a Party Quiz

    In My Neighborhood Rathdrum Days, our annual small-town festival Finished stocking the Little Free Library across the street (Um, no, actually. I had it full once but it already needs restocking.) Travel Day trip to Montana for church one Sunday Weekend trip to Tacoma, Washington for church camp Recreational Activities 4th of July parade in Coeur d’Alene ATV ride on…

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    The Watermelon Fiasco

    Have you ever participated in, or even been to, a watermelon-eating contest? I hadn’t, until this past Saturday at Rathdrum Days. I mentioned before that I was on the committee to help plan Rathdrum Days this year. My job? Entertainment coordinator for Saturday afternoon. Which must include, I was told, a watermelon-eating contest. I had many questions. How does it…

  • Adventures,  Literary Pursuits

    A Little Free Library Adventure

    One Sunday afternoon I asked Lyle if he would take me on a drive to Spokane to hunt for Little Free Libraries. He is not much interested in the little libraries themselves, but he does love anything to do with maps and driving… (not to mention how much he loves me) …so he was game. I took along 20 books…

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    5 Things Friday

    Firstly. We are doing summer hard. What? Can’t you tell how hard it is from that lazy lake picture? Seriously, between a full work schedule and then fitting in as much play as possible, life is very busy. We’ve been camping and kayaking and 4-wheeling and… Secondly. …going to parades! We hadn’t really planned on it, but after the Rathdrum…

  • Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d'Alenes
    Adventures

    Historical Driving Tour: Farragut State Park

    This month’s historical driving tour based on Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d’Alenes covers Farragut State Park, Bayview, and Silverwood. Farragut State Park My family has camped at Farragut State Park a number of times over the years. We usually go to Farragut in the spring and fall because it’s generally packed out all summer. For us, it’s a convenient state…

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    5 Things Friday

    Firstly. We had a rip-roaring thunderstorm yesterday evening to usher in the official first day of summer. Rebecca and I were standing out on the porch watching the rain pound down when lightning struck our driveway. That’ll make ya jump. Secondly. Speaking of the first day of summer, why does it feel like the summer is already half over? Maybe…

  • How to Build a Campfire
    Adventures

    How to Build a Campfire

    Last June I wrote a series of articles on Camping for Beginners. As I watched Lyle building the fire on our last camping trip I thought a campfire tutorial might be good to add to the series. Lyle starts with several sheets of newspaper which he wads into balls. I didn’t get a picture of that stage of the process,…