Three days remain of our second summer in Idaho. It’s been another glorious few months, and I have found myself trying to fill these last days with a little bit of all the things I love up here. Call it my Sandpoint Smorgasbord perhaps! Romantic sunset paddle down Sand Creek with my husband and dinner at The Hound. Sunrise photo expedition up at Schweitzer Mountain. Quilting by the fire as I work on a gift for someone special. Pat and I watching our wildlife out back. And so much more.
As I reflect on the past fifteen weeks, numbers keep popping in my head of all the new experiences we had, so I thought I’d summarize a bit of our summer in numbers.
ONE… beautiful great-niece was born!
Welcome to the world, Luna Marie Lateer! Born September 12 at 3:32am. We cannot wait to meet you, sweet girl!
THREE… new kayak adventures!
Pack River ~ Priest Lake Thoroughfare ~ Round Lake
One trip was for our 27th anniversary. We did a three hour trip on the lower half of the Pack River. Actually hit a few small rapids that we maneuvered surprisingly well! Except I stopped along the bank to take a picture of Pat, and my kayak broke loose leaving my paddle on the shore!! My hero paddled and portaged upstream to save the day (note the paddle on the far left bank) and then it was smooth sailing!
FIVE… new trails!
Starting on August 1, our skies were smoky most days with wildfires in surrounding states and Canada. So thankful we did not have any fires that threatened our area, however, it did shorten my hiking season. But before that all started, I found some amazing new trails. Burton’s Peak Fire Lookout was my surprise find… aka… I kind of got lost, so decided to follow a random logging road for ten miles, only to discover a trailhead at the end of it… just not the one I was looking for! My favorite kind of day!! It was an incredible climb to a phenomenal 360 degree view of mountains in Idaho, Montana and Canada. I took Pat, Diana, and Leo back the next week to check it out and was accused of trying to kill the boys! But we, girls, rocked it!
Tried SEVEN… new restaurants!
Last year, every restaurant was new to us, and we quickly found our favorites! Connie’s has the very best bacon in town, and The Hound is a favorite for outdoor seating, wings, and ribs. But this year, one of my goals was to find some new great spots, and we succeeded. Among them is the Kootenai River Brewing Company in Bonner’s Ferry. It is a perfect after hiking/biking place to refuel with good beer and great food before heading home to relax with the deer out back.
Photo Credit: Dale Borgeson
NINE… quilts created!!
Oh my gosh, there are threads everywhere! On the table, on the floor, on our cedar posts, and all over my leggings and sweatshirts! I absolutely love my new obsession. Picking or creating patterns, mixing and matching gorgeous fabrics, and then cutting and piecing them all back together to create something new. And even though my brain is intent on precision in all I do, it is a most relaxing and rewarding endeavor. As I have only been quilting since December, my style continues to develop. I focus on designs and patterns that suit the recipient (all three of these are gifts), however, my personal preference is clearly migrating towards the contemporary, clean quilts with geometric designs (more like the one on the right). It is reminiscent of my scrapbooking style as well.
TWENTY… batches of cold-brewed coffee! YEP, folks, I am addicted! But I do share! All you need are these items, 24 hours, a dash of sweetener and a splash of heavy whipping cream ~ so worth the splurge! If you want directions, or a sample, just message me!
THREE HUNDRED, SIXTY-THREE AND 91/100… miles I hiked, walked, biked, or kayaked!!
Last year, I figured out that I had logged over 250 miles on the roads, trails, and waterways, and I set a goal to beat that by a hundred miles this season. I just calculated 366.91 miles! woo hoo!
In addition, I did the Scenic 10K last year here in town and set my eye on doing the half-marathon this year. Unfortunately, the smoke last weekend kept me from participating, however, I set out yesterday morning and did my own half ~ actually did 13.7 in the cold rain! It was awesome! Next up is the Margarita Madness 5K (we all know what that’s about!) and the Holiday Half with my niece, Talia, and cousin, Anthony. Can’t wait!!
Two miles in!
Tired, wet, and cold, but oh so happy!
INFINITE NUMBER… of wildlife photos!!!!!
I have been editing, and editing, and editing, and……. editing a zillion wildlife photos! What a phenomenal place we now call home with these gorgeous creatures we have surrounding us! We look at them with awe and wonder and every sighting is a gift!!
Also included in all this fun were four sets of visitors!! It was so great sharing our piece of paradise with family and friends.
We head south on Monday, will arrive home on Tuesday. Pat and I are both ready to be back in Oceanside, surrounded by the ones we love most, and looking forward to enjoying some time reconnecting with everyone!
Thanks for reading ~~ xoxo