• Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d'Alenes

    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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    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…

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    Craters of the Moon

    For our anniversary trip this year we decided to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument in southeast Idaho. We took a 3-day weekend for the trip. We stayed in Idaho Falls. Craters of the Moon actually has nothing to do with the moon, except that somebody in the 1920s thought it looked like the surface of the moon as…

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    An Idaho Story

        As we wrap up our 31-day virtual road trip today, we travel west from Montana to Idaho. My family first moved to Idaho in 1998. We live up in the panhandle in the Coeur d’Alene area, near Spokane, Washington. If you haven’t been here before you may not realize how very scenic most of Idaho is. We were surprised to…

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    A Montana Story

    Day 30 of our virtual road trip takes us southeast from Alaska to Montana. (Again, not exactly in one day. But whatever.) Living in the panhandle of Idaho, we are just a couple hours away from the Montana state line to the east, so we’ve been over there on the weekend many times. We’ve also traveled across Montana on pretty much…

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    A Utah Story

    Day 23 of our virtual road trip takes us southwest from Wyoming to Utah. Here’s the account of one of my favorite days we have spent in Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park Have you been to Utah? If so, please share a memory in the comments! That will make this series even more fun!

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    A Wyoming Story

    Day 22 of our virtual road trip takes us north from Colorado to Wyoming. We have driven across Wyoming many times and spent the night as we passed through several times as well. The main things that are distinctive about Wyoming to me are the wind and the antelope. It seems like it is always windy as we drive across the Wyoming plains……

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    A North Dakota Story

    Day 19 of our virtual road trip takes us west from Minnesota to North Dakota. My first visit to North Dakota was in 2007 on the same road trip I mentioned yesterday. We were traveling with our trailer that year. We had crossed Montana and pulled into a rest area near Theodore Roosevelt National Park after dark the night before. We…

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    A Minnesota Story

    Day 18 of our virtual road trip takes us northeast from Nebraska to Minnesota. The first time I visited Minnesota was on our road trip vacation in 2007. My favorite stop of the day was in Walnut Grove, the setting of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On the Banks of Plum Creek. I think that’s a total of four “Little House” locales I’ve…

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    Selway Falls Day Trip

    Lyle loves to come up with weekend adventures for us, and I’m more than happy to go along for the ride. This past Saturday he picked a route out of his Backcountry Roads Idaho book that would take us down into central Idaho. Laura had the day off so the whole family got to go, and we made arrangements to meet…