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    Falling Water

    Happy Independence Day! It’s 7:00a.m.-ish and the temperature is currently 44 degrees. My parents arrived for a visit yesterday. They live in Arkansas where it has been oh-so-much hotter and drier. This morning when we got up my dad told me that our air conditioner works good. Ha. The only air conditioner we have is a small window unit that’s not even…

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    Ozark Back Roads

     Tuesday afternoon’s route took us winding through the Ozarks from Arkansas into Missouri. It was a gorgeous afternoon, sunny and warm like we never see in Idaho in March. We opened the sun roof and enjoyed the fresh spring air and the rolling hills. (We can’t bring ourselves to actually call the Ozarks mountains.)  Wednesday morning was cooler and overcast,…

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    Sunday Afternoon Drive

     Daylight hours are short and sunny days are rare this time of year, so when this past Sunday turned out to be sunny Lyle invited me to go for a drive with him on some of the back roads around Coeur d’Alene Lake. We stopped to enjoy the view several times. The above picture was taken at 3:40 p.m. as…

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    Picking Huckleberries

    Down the forest path we went… …in search of the elusive but oh-so-desirable huckleberry. They don’t usually grow quite this profusely, so you can bet we picked like crazy when we did find the bushes loaded. Three hours of hand picking garnered about a half gallon of the luscious berries. Now I understand why they sell for $40 a gallon.…

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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…