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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…

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    Last Day of Summer

    We have enjoyed a beautiful September. Today was sunny and warm… a perfect day for a bike ride! There is a really nice “rails to trails” bike trail in our area that we like to ride on.The problem we’ve had before is that dogs have to be leashed on the trail, and it’s hard to ride a bike and control…

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    Back in the woods…

    Exploring the forests around here is so much fun! When we go hiking or Geocaching we never know what we might come across. You’d think it would be mostly trees with the occasional beautiful view or wildlife sighting. Well, yeah, of course there’s that… and that’s why we like to go. But every now and then we find things that…

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    Cruising through summer…

    Summer is not over in our neck of the woods yet!I noticed on Facebook this morning that it was the first day of school for many of my friends. It’s always exciting to start a new school year, but our summer has gone by so fast that I’m glad we have 2 more weeks of “summer vacation” to enjoy! Even…

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    Life is an Adventure

    That’s my mantra lately. When so many things go wrong that I have to laugh to keep from crying… I try to remind myself of the quote I shared a few weeks ago. “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” ~G.K. Chesterton Life’s adventures are certainly not always what I would choose……

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    Another backwoods ruin…

    A few weeks ago I posted about a falling-down log cabin we came across along a mountain back-road. Since then we went camping on Priest Lake in extreme northern Idaho (just 17 miles south of the Canadian border). As we were exploring the forest around the campground we came upon this beautiful fireplace. We could tell it had once been…

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    Geocaching at Lake Pend Oreille

    Geocaching has been one of our favorite summer weekend activities for several years. It’s fun to get out in the wilderness, it’s great exercise, and we often find that the caches are placed in just the perfect spot to enjoy a great view! That was case with the “Honey, I Think Saw the Paddler!” cache that we found a few…