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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…

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    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,…

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    Historical Driving Tour: Post Falls

    This month’s historical driving tour based on Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d’Alenes covers Post Falls and the Pleasant View area. Post Falls, Idaho Lyle and I work at ProPrint in Post Falls, about 10 miles from home. We lived in Post Falls from 2008 to 2013 when we moved to Colorado. We moved back to the area in 2016 and…

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    May in Review

    In My Neighborhood The lilacs are blooming! I miss having lilacs in my own yard, but I’ve been enjoying the neighbors’. I’ve “summer-ized” my front porch with flower pots. I love sitting out there with a book in the evenings. Travel Road trip to Lakewood, Colorado Recreational Activities ATV ride on Canfield Mountain ATV ride up the mountain near our…

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    Five Day Road Trip

    This past weekend we had a very quick road trip to Colorado and back. We spent a lot of hours in the car but Lyle planned two different routes going and coming so we enjoyed a wide variety of scenery along the way. Our Route Travel Stats Destination: Lakewood, Colorado Number of days: 5 Miles traveled: approximately 2,250 States Idaho…

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    Spring Camping Trip

    The 2018 camping season has begun! We were excited to take our trailer out for the first time this past weekend. Where: Farragut State Park: Snowberry Campground When: Friday evening, May 18 through Sunday afternoon, May 20. Who: Lyle and Karla, Rebecca, Cookie-the-Dog Weather: Pleasant, partly cloudy. Activities: Historic drive around Farragut State Park, along Lake Pend Oreille, and nearby…

  • ATV overlooking Coeur d'Alene
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    The View from Canfield Mountain

    The weather was lovely last weekend so we decided to take the ATV out for a long-awaited back-roads ride. We chose Canfield Mountain, overlooking Coeur d’Alene, for our first excursion. There is an extensive forest road up there that is limited to vehicles narrower than 50 inches (i.e. ATVs and Motocross bikes) so it’s an area we haven’t been able…

  • Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d'Alenes
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    Historical Driving Tour: Rathdrum

    One of our favorite weekend activities is to take a day trip and just go exploring. Sometime last year we picked up this intriguing book. Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d’Alenes covers three counties in our area and includes lots of historical tidbits that we might not otherwise know about. We’ve just barely started exploring with this book in hand,…

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    Winter Adventure

    Our Christmas celebration didn’t exactly come together as planned this year. Or maybe I should say that our Christmas plans evolved and changed quickly from day to day during the month of December. It was definitely a non-traditional Christmas. We ended up making a very fast trip to Denver for the Christmas weekend. We had thought we would take off…

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    Heading into Winter

    We’ve been living in the “shadow lands” for weeks now. Short gray days and long dark nights. And that’s just fall. Which is why I am have been looking forward to the winter solstice. Because: more daylight. Random thought. Even though Jesus was most likely NOT born on December 25, I think it’s appropriate we celebrate His coming as the…