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    National Parks

    Seeing America has kind of been the theme of our travel destinations for many years. Granted, it has mostly been the American West because that's where we live, but any time we have the opportunity for a road trip we seek out historical or natural points of interest to learn more about our country.

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    In Which We Visit Yellowstone…

    In Which We Visit Yellowstone and Take Very Few Pictures! I'm working on compiling a list of museums, national parks, and other points of interest we have visited as a family. As I was working on my list I realized that a few important places were missing from my blog. For example, I knew we had visited Yellowstone. I couldn't…

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    When People Fly

    As you may have noticed, we are big fans of road trips. Flying? Not so much. In fact, my family of four had never flown anywhere together until this past weekend. We’ve flown individually and in twos and threes, but never all four at once. Current circumstances are such that it just made sense this summer for us to fly,…

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    The Promise of Spring

    It’s been a weird winter in our part of the country. December and January were relatively mild with not much snow and moderate temperatures. Instead we had winter all at once for the whole month of February with record-breaking snow fall and single digit/teen temperatures. It seems like the change to Daylight Saving Time last weekend may have flipped the…

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    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…