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    North Idaho Backcountry

     Sunday was a gorgeous day for a backcountry drive and a little Geocaching. The temp was in the high-60s/low-70s all day and it was sunny with pretty puffy clouds. Lyle planned a route taking us down along the St. Joe River and then up over Moon Pass back to I-90 and then home again. We found 5 Geocaches and were…

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    Hiking in the Springtime

    I never get tired of the lush greenness of the woods in our area. We spent some time hiking and geocaching while we were camping. The sun finally did come out and it turned out to be a beautiful day. The sunlight filtering through the trees on the new spring growth was just breathtaking. There are quite a few caches…

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    Cape Flattery Trail

    We hiked to the “most northwest corner of the continental United States” today. (Does that count as an “uttermost part” of the earth? If not, what is an uttermost part?) The hike was about 3 miles round trip, and the views were spectacular. It was an absolutely beautiful day for November. I fully expected the coast to be fogged in,…

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    Geocaching Adventure

    Our family adventure this past weekend was a geocaching day trip to northeastern Washington. We logged two microcaches, two regular caches, and one did-not-find. The microcaches were pretty much of the cache-and-dash variety along the side of the road. We don’t usually bother with those, as our objective in going geocaching is to find fun out-of-the-way places and spend time…

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    Lolo Motorway

    This past weekend we took “a step back in time” and traveled the Lolo Motorway which follows one of the most difficult parts of the Lewis and Clark trail. “Motorway” makes it sound like a super highway or something, doesn’t it? Um. It’s not. It’s a very rough 75-mile long dirt road. I guess back in the ’30s when the…

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    Holiday Excursion

    My family celebrated the Fourth of July with a scenic day trip up in the very tip-top of the Idaho panhandle. At one point, we were so close to the Canadian border that the girls worried that we might “get in trouble” for not having passports! For Father’s Day we had given Lyle a copy of Backcountry Roads Idaho which…

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    Burdens

    Last weekend on our hike I took along a tote bag with “necessities” in it, such as snacks, water bottles, and the camera. Lyle offered to carry it for me, but he teased me about having to carry a “purse.” I tried to argue that it was a tote bag, not a purse, and that there is a difference– but…

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    Fern and Shadow Falls

    Seasons around here seem to follow the calendar pretty closely. Except for winter, that is. Winter comes early and stays late. But summer is usually right on time. This past weekend we had the first “real” summer weather of the season and we took advantage of it by going camping and hiking. One of our favorite hiking trails is “up…

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    Springtime in the Mountains

    This past Sunday afternoon my family enjoyed a drive up into the mountains to look for spring. And while it’s still in the very early stages, it has definitely arrived! We often go for Sunday afternoon drives as a family… but this week marked a significant milestone. It was the first time one of the children did the driving! Those…

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    Sunday Drives and Family Time

    Last night Lyle drove up in the mountains a bit to pick up our older daughter from a friend’s house. The rest of us went along for the ride. I had been told that the night view was spectacular from this friend’s house with the lights twinkling in the valley below and I wanted to see it. Also, the moon…