Coeur d’Alene

There is much to love about Northern Idaho, and Coeur d’Alene is definitely one of the reasons.  As a kid, I would spend weekends at my friend Morgan’s cabin on the lake, or we would stop at Paul Bunyan Burger on our way to Sandpoint and Lake Pond Orielle.  Now, I go to visit Bryan’s parents.  This Christmas, I will be there, and I cannot wait.

Mainly, because I get to see this little face every time I arrive.

Maggie is a doll baby, as is Shiloh, the old wise dog (remember Homeward Bound?  Shiloh would be like Shadow.)

I know I may seem like a weird dog-lady, but I guess this is my chance to just admit that I am.

Coeur d’Alene is always so relaxing.  We golf.  We eat delicious food.  We go through Bryan’s dad’s crazy memorabilia from years of selling Honda Motorcycles back in the day.  He has vintage toys, vintage motorcycles, Bryan’s old toys from his childhood…the list is endless.  It’s part of the charm, one of the main reasons we love hanging out in the garage.  We ride our bikes and enjoy Northern Idaho in all its beauty.  I wish there was a less romanticized way to put it, but I’m definitely proud to be from this area.  And someday…hopefully soon, we will be living there.

Below: Bryan with Maggie.

Old toys and motorcycles

Golf

I never thought I’d say this, but I really love golf.  Especially since I get better every time I play, which is encouraging!

Bryan and I on Lake Pond Orielle.

Before going to visit Bryan’s parents, I would only go to Coeur d’Alene to go to Morgan’s family’s cabin.  It lies on Mica Bay on the lake, and is beautiful.  I’ve gathered there with her and her family, all of our friends, or just a few of us, and every time is nonstop laughter and sitting on the deck (whether it’s 30 degrees out or not) enjoying the view.

Some views from the many seasons at Morgan’s cabin (I think I end up taking a picture of the bay every time I’m up there)

Okay okay, so maybe it looks straight out of a Stephen King book, but I assure you, it is not.  Also, it does seem that we are only there in the cold weather (snow, etc) which is true.  The cabin is shared between the whole family, so we tend to reserve a weekend in the “off-season” so we get it all to ourselves!

This is what happens at the cabin:

And this….

Oh, and this happens too…

Maybe some of this.

Hopefully we will be returning again soon.  Everyone’s life has changed so much in the last year – marriage, babies, move-ins, move-aways, graduations, etc.  But the cabin will always be there for us, and the next time we pull up, park in the empty drive piled with snow, and walk into the cabin, we will know its time to relax and make more memories – loves to North Idaho.

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