Monthly Archives: July 2013

A quick trip to Riley Creek

This weekend we made a quick, one-night  trip up to Riley Creek Recreational Area to meet up with my family and do a little camping.  The campground was beautiful, and obviously a very popular place to go. The sites were roomy and just a short walk away from the river and boat launch. There’s a large, grassy field (great for frisbee or fetch) and a sand volleyball court. So nice!

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This trip marked Evan and Drew’s first time tubing. Too cute!

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Drew and Rusty chillin in the shade while we packed up.

On Sunday morning Kyle and I took the boys on a nature hike led by one of the park rangers. She was very knowledgeable about the forest and local wildlife. We learned about the different species of fish that live in the lake and river and about some of the native plants like horsetail, thimbleberries, queen’s lily, and lots more.

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Evan and Kyle were brave enough to try thimbleberries.

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Juneau was able to come along with us on our nature walk. There were a couple other dogs in the group too. This park was incredibly dog-friendly. So nice!

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After our hike and everyone cleaned up camp, we were able to spend about an hour or so out on my sister’s boat. It was so relaxing and the water wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be. The boys (including Kyle and Chris) thought it was really warm. Guess I’m a bit of a wuss.

The river was wide and fairly shallow. The best part was that there was hardly anyone else out on the water. This would be a great place to practice wakeboarding, surfing or paddleboarding.

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Overall, I’d say it was a great trip, only wish it lasted longer!

Hope you all had a great weekend too! I’ll have a schedule up soon for Art on the Green and the street fair. So excited!

Who said North Idaho is boring?

Really though… I hear people complain about being bored here all the time. I have to say that throughout the summer it should be pretty impossible to be bored. Every week I do my best to keep you all informed about what’s going on and what’s new. I really try hard, no joke! And yet I still miss a lot of things because there is just SO MUCH to do around here.

Are you bored? Shame on you! North Idaho rocks and that’s that.

Photo courtesy of Megan Brewer. www.brewers2001.com/

Photo courtesy of Megan Brewer. http://www.brewers2001.com/

Now, on to the weekend events!

Hayden Days

Hayden Days is this weekend! Woohoo! Growing up as a Hayden-native I love this weekend dedicated to our little town. There are so many fun things to do. Live music, food, a parade, classic car show, craft vendors, local performances and so much more! Bring your friends, family and kiddos down and check it out.

Live Entertainment

There’s a ton of live music and stage performances this weekend. All summer long really. Plus the Festival at Sandpoint starts this weekend. I really wanted to make it up for the Avett Brothers but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Cd’A Summer Theatre – No, I didn’t misspell theater. They went all Shakespearean on us. “Romance Romance” is playing this weekend at NIC. You can purchase tickets there, online or by calling (208)769-7780.

Lake City Playhouse – “Bat Boy: the Musical” is playing. I have no idea what this is, but CHS grad, Cody Bray, is playing Bat Boy so I know it would be worth checking out. Let me know if it’s as crazy as it sounds.

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Coming Up

Aug. 2-4 – Art on the Green and the Downtown Street Fair

Aug. 2-4 – Northwest Yogafest – I may have to check this out!

Aug. 3 – The Long Bridge Swim

Aug. 10 – Cd’A Triathlon and Duathlon – Come cheer on our local athletes!

Aug. 18 – the Coeur d’Alene Crossing

Sept. 28 – Coeur d’Fondo

Paddleboard Racing

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NIC and ROW Adventures teamed up to bring us SUP races down at the NIC beach. After talking with the NIC Outdoor Pursuits coordinator, Jon Totten, it sounds like this is going to be a regular thing with hopes of making it a weekly event by next year.

The best part is anyone can enter for only $5 (free for NIC students) and ROW provides all the equipment. All you have to do is show up after 4:30 to register. I was surprised by how many participants and spectators there were considering it was the first event. But by the looks of it, Cd’A sure does love paddleboarding!

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Jason Wing, owner of Slate Creek Brewery, was one of the sponsors at the event and even hosted an after party at the brewery. What a great team!

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I’m excited to see how this event grows over the next year. I know Kyle is looking forward to racing in the next one!

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Outdoor Pursuits offers sailing, kayaking, and SUP classes (as well as rentals). Visit NIC.edu/OP or call (208)769-7809 for more info.

How is summer half over?

It seems like once the middle of July hits, summer starts to go by even faster. I’m already starting to greet the moon  earlier and even though it’s still over 90 degrees out, Target is telling me it’s almost time for back-to-school season. Where has the time gone? There is still a lot of summer to pack in to the upcoming weeks. Art on the Green, Sandpoint Music Festival, and the Wooden Boat Show are still in the horizon.

So for this weekend I set a goal for myself (and for you if you want to join me). I want to soak in every bit of summer I can. Take time to be outside with friends and family, and just enjoy the simple things. Fires, hikes, swimming, floating, sunbathing… whatever it is you want to do just enjoy it and take in every moment. And any moments you capture be sure to share! #SINI or post them directly on the Facebook Page. Before we know it the leaves will change and the weather will turn.

Weekend Events

Music

  • Max Daniels Trio/Steve Ridler – The Cellar
  • Karma’s Circle and Steve Denny – Splash
  • Robert Vaughn – Beverly’s
  • The Hitmen – Iron Horse
  • Ryan Larsen band – The Country Club
  • Truck Mills – Seasons
  • Tuxedo Junction Big Band – City Park, Sunday (all ages)

Other

  • Hayden Farmer’s Market – Saturday
    Come check out the largest farmer’s market in Kootenai County! On the corner of Highway 95 and Prairie in Hayden. It ends at 1.
  • Muddy Miles – A 2-mile obstacle course mud race. July 20 from 3-6 pm. $8-$11/kids, $26/adult or $90/family, $140/team of five. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. muddymiles.org
  • Coeur d’Alene Farmer’s Market – Sunday
    Stroll down to 6th St. for some more farmer’s market action. It goes from 10-4.
  • Bye Bye Birdie – July 19-28, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Shows at 3 pm and 7 pm on July 20. $9-$12. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cytnorthidaho.org (208) 277-5727

This weekend in North Idaho

I apologize for my absence this week. I’m not going to lie, I can’t remember a week – other than when we got married – that’s been this hectic. But here I am, ready to tell you what’s going on this weekend.

Coeur d’Alene Art Walk  – Tonight is art walk downtown. Come check out local artists and their work at several locations along Sherman Ave. Click the link for a complete list of this month’s supporters.

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Hayden Triathlon – So it’s probably too late to decide to compete it a tri – but if you’re just crazy enough, maybe not! Even if you’re not competing, come cheer on the athletes and scope out your competition for next year. This sprint-distance course starts and ends at Honeysuckle Beach. I’ll be there cheering on Kyle and taking pics. Hope to see you there!

Wallace Blues Festival – The second annual Wallace Blues Festival is this weekend and is $30 at the door. There are over 20 performers scheduled for this year over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Last year my step-niece was able to perform and said it was a great experience.There’s a beer garden, BBQ and a pancake feed on Sunday. Check out the link for more information.

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Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour – A favorite tradition for my mom and I, the garden tour allows you to take a peek into some of the most beautiful yards in the Hayden, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls area. There are five gardens on the tour this year and there’s usually some fun vendors set up selling unique garden art and supplies at each one.

27th Annual Wooden Boat Show

Sandpoint Classic Boat Festival – While the Wooden Boat Show is one of the highlights of the summer in Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint has their own version, which I’ve heard is great! I would love to go check it out some time and I hope if you go you’ll send me some photos to use!

Upcoming Events:

Of course there’s going to be a lot of live music at the Moose, Country Club, Splash, 315, and the like. And don’t forget about the Hayden Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a drink! Happy Weekend!

Andy