• Adventures

    Silver Valley Tour, Part 1

    I love taking the scenic route... getting off the main highway and slowing down through small towns... Earlier this summer Lyle and I took a long Sunday drive through the nearby Silver Valley across the panhandle of Idaho.

  • Heritage

    Oregon Trail Pioneers

    When I was a little girl I was obsessed with pioneer stories. I suspect this interest was first piqued with the Little House on the Prairie books. For awhile I read everything I could get my hands on about covered wagons and westward expansion.

  • Adventures

    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…

  • Adventures

    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.…

  • 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…

  • Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d'Alenes
    Adventures

    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…

  • ATV overlooking Coeur d'Alene
    Adventures

    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
    Adventures

    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,…

  • Adventures

    Cook Brothers’ Epic Bike Ride

    Back in the summer of 2003 Lyle and two of his brothers went on a 125-mile bike ride in one day, in honor of their oldest brother’s 50th birthday that year. I journaled this epic event, but didn’t post it to my blog at that time. Yesterday my brother-in-law came across the email I had sent with links to the…