Monthly Archives: August 2013

Finish summer strong

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Can you guess the theme of today’s post? I’ll give you a minute… No? Well then I hope you legs run faster than your brain because there are a lot of local races to cram in before fall hits.

It’s time to swim, bike and run your way across North Idaho. Guess I need to hit the pavement some more…

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Kyle and his brother, Kendrich recently competed in the Coeur d’Alene Triathlon. I am happy to report that they both did very well, Kyle improved his bike time by about 5 minutes and this was Kendrich’s first tri ever, so the fact that he didn’t die is pretty sweet. In my opinion anyway.

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I love this race because it goes right through downtown Cd’A. Beautiful! Kyle and I were talking after the race and we agreed that we’re too spoiled living here. A lot of other locations for races seem only so-so. We tried to imagine what it would be like to be out-of-towners and seeing all this for the first time. It would be sweet. You’re welcome for having such a beautiful city.

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It seemed like a pretty good event, but a lot of the racers said there needed to be more volunteers. And on top of that, the people who volunteered said they needed more info. about what their role was and how to run their stations. Other than that it seemed to go pretty good.

Congrats racers!

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And with that, here’s a list of some other upcoming races:

The Coeur d’Alene Crossing is this weekend! It’s a 2.4 mile swim, starting at Arrow Point and ending at the Resort golf course. This race benefits North Idaho College Booster Club, the Union Gospel Mission, and the Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team (CAST). Those who want to watch are able to purchase a pass to ride on one of the resort cruise boats and cheer on the swimmers.

The Priest Lake Triathlon is Saturday, August 24 and starts in front of Hills Resort. There’s an Olympic Triathlon as well as a Sprint Mountain Bike Triathlon. If you’re into mountain biking, that could be a really fun and challenging option.

The Canfield Mountain Run Series begins August 24. There are other events on October 12 and November 9.

The Scenic Half Marathon in Sandpoint is Sunday, September 15. This race starts and ends at the city beach. Register soon, prices go up on Aug. 22. There is also a 10K and 5K option for those wanting to see the beautiful town of Sandpoint but do a shorter distance.

The Coeur d’Alene Race for the Cure is Sunday, September 22 at the NIC campus. Funds raised from this event go to local entities to help fund mammograms for women in need and also go to the Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. Come support local women and health care organizations and wear your favorite pink gear!

Finally, the Coeur d’Fondo is the sweetest biking event in North Idaho. With four distances to choose from, the whole family can participate, see the lake in all of it’s fall glory and then head downtown to celebrate with Oktoberfest. Talk about a fun-filled day.

This weekend in North Idaho

Friday

Something Different:
Lake City Playhouse – “Bat Boy – the Musical” – 7:30 p.m. – (208) 667-1323. This is a musical comedy about a half-boy, half-bat dealing with serious issues such as hypocrisy, acceptance, forgiveness, and racism. You can purchase ticket online, over the phone or in-person.
Wine Tasting and Eagle Watching Cruise – Lake Pend Oreille Cruises – 6-8 p.m. – (208) 255-5253 – Taste excellent vintages of wine while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres. Departs from Sandpoint City Beach – $36
Third Annual Historic Wallace Accordion Festival – August 9-11 – (208) 753-7151 – features the best from the past, plus new events including a youth competition and Saturday night dance
6th Street Melodrama – “Mining Madness at the Mill…..or….A Big Bang for Bunker Hill” – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – (208) 752-8871 – $10 – Will Miner Mike be released from the Bullpen prison in time to help Maria? Will the dastardly Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mine owner take the house right out from under her?
Live Music and Drinks

The Cellar – Brad Perry on the Piano – 6 p.m.

The Country Club – Coyote Rose Band – 9 p.m.

Splash  Nova – Classic Rock/New Rock – 8 p.m.

Iron Horse Bar & Grill – Coleman Underground – Classic Rock – 9 p.m.

Carlin Bay Resort – Rock/Blues Rock – 7 p.m.

Elkins Resort at Priest Lake – Big Hair Rev – 8 p.m.

Rathdrum Concert Series– Soulpatch – Country Rock – 6-8:30 p.m. – Rathdrum City Park

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Saturday

Something Different:
Lake City Playhouse – “Bat Boy – the Musical” – 7:30 p.m. – (208) 667-1323. This is a musical comedy about a half-boy, half-bat dealing with serious issues such as hypocrisy, acceptance, forgiveness, and racism. You can purchase ticket online, over the phone or in-person.
Third Annual Historic Wallace Accordion Festival – August 9-11 – (208) 753-7151 – features the best from the past, plus new events including a youth competition and Saturday night dance
6th Street Melodrama – “Mining Madness at the Mill…..or….A Big Bang for Bunker Hill” – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – (208) 752-8871 – $10 – Will Miner Mike be released from the Bullpen prison in time to help Maria? Will the dastardly Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mine owner take the house right out from under her?
Kootenai County Farmer’s Market – 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Corner of Prairie and 95 in Hayden
Sandpoint Farmers Market – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Farmin Park – Live music with the Coeur d’Alene Youth Marimba Band
Live Music and Drinks

The Cellar – Brad Perry on the Piano – 6 p.m.

The Country Club – Coyote Rose Band – 9 p.m.

Splash  Nova – Classic Rock/New Rock – 8 p.m.

Iron Horse Bar & Grill – Coleman Underground – Classic Rock – 9 p.m.

Carlin Bay Resort – Rock/Blues Rock – 7 p.m.

Sunday
Something Different:
Third Annual Historic Wallace Accordion Festival – August 9-11 – (208) 753-7151 – features the best from the past, plus new events including a youth competition and Saturday night dance
6th Street Melodrama – “Mining Madness at the Mill…..or….A Big Bang for Bunker Hill” – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – (208) 752-8871 – $10 – Will Miner Mike be released from the Bullpen prison in time to help Maria? Will the dastardly Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mine owner take the house right out from under her?
Live Music

Cd’A City Park Concert Series  1-4 p.m. – Soul Patch – Country Rock – FREE

The Cellar – Steve Ridler on the Piano – 6 p.m.

Splash – 9 p.m. – Karaoke with Tequila Leah

Happy weekend!

Andy

Float On

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It’s August. Which in North Idaho translates to: It’s time to cram in everything you haven’t gotten to do yet before fall gets here and it’s suddenly too cold to be outside not in a parka.

One thing that should definitely be on your list is to float the North Fork of the Cd’A River. Not only is it beautiful and a great way to see some wildlife, it’s completely relaxing and great way to do nothing at all but sit and take in everything around you.

Sounds great, right? I know, it is.

That’s why a few weeks ago, after I challenged you all to slow down and really appreciate all that is summer, Kyle and I decided to drive up to the Bumblebee launching point and spend an evening floating.

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I was a little bummed that the sun had already gone behind the hills, but it was so peaceful and I’ve seen some pretty gnarly sunburns from floaters in the past. So at least there was that.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that this was my first time floating the river. But I can safely say I will be doing it again soon. The water was crystal clear and not as cold as I would have expected. Although I didn’t want to go in due to the lack of sunshine. The shade was a bit chilly.

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How to get there (it takes about an hour):

  • Take I-90 E toward Kellogg
  • Take exit 43 toward Kingston
  • Turn left on Coeur d’Alene River Rd.
  • Turn Left on Little North Fork and head up to bumblebee bridge

Floating the CdA River

Happy floating!

Andy

Feel the Rain

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I’ve decided that this should be Kyle’s new motto. Whenever we go camping or plan to be outside, he never checks the weather and opts not to go because of a little dampness (or a lot in some cases).

Case in point: Last Friday we took the day off and went up to the Sagle/Sandpoint area for a little hiking. Much to my dismay it was pouring all day. Remember? I don’t think I’ve had to water my plants since. Anyway… we decided to go ahead and hike anyway.

“A little rain won’t hurt you.” I swear some day our kids will rue this phrase. But I am so glad we went, despite the rain, because it was beautiful and we pretty much had the entire trail to ourselves.

Thank goodness for rain jackets.

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Gold Hill Trail 3, nestled back in Bottle Bay of Lake Pend d’Oreille, is a 3.7 mile climb with a 1,200 ft. elevation change. It was a good workout, that’s for sure. Beautiful greenery and wildlife (unless you bring Juneau who manages to scare everything away) make it well worth the trek. Be sure to bring a camera for this one. Even the dreary, misty day made for great photos.

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Juneau had a blast running around, chasing deer and squirrels.

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Now that’s the sign of a happy, tired pup.

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The view from the top was beautiful. I’d love to go back on a clear, sunny day. You could see the entire longbridge going over to Sandpoint, as well as the town itself. The Selkirk were kind of in view, and would definitely be on a sunny day.

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What a stud.

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It’s Art on the Green Weekend!

Figures… my favorite weekend of the summer is finally here and it’s raining for the first time in weeks. But I won’t let that get me down! There are three great events that all kind of connect to create a food and art mecca downtown and they’re all happening this weekend. Who has two thumbs and is super stoked? This girl.

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Art on the Green is at NIC and hosts more local fine art and craftsmen than any other event in the area. Live performances, fun snacks and a plethora of art and culture fill the air with creativity and positive energy. There’s no better time to look for inspiration than when you’re surrounded by the best artists in the area.

Over 30 performances of music, dance and entertainment will show on two stages during the three days of Art on the Green. Enjoy live performances including jazz, pop, country, world music, and much more. Performers include Camille Bloom, Kris Orlowski (featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Gypsy Soul, Impossible Bird (an amazing combination of fiddle, guitar and voice), as well as Tuxedo Junction, Milonga, Scott Kirby, Scott Cossu, San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and more.

You’ll also see talented young children showcase their ArtShop summer art class work on the North Stage, and community youth share their love of poetry at a poetry reading on the South Stage.

There’s also a spot for the kiddos to make their own creations and bring them home. So fun!

The Downtown Street Fair and the “Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes” (weird name, I know) happen over the same weekend. Full of yummy but terrible-for-you food and fun craft vendors, these events are also a must-attend if you haven’t before. The Berry Kabob stand is always down there, so that’s reason enough for me to go. Yum!

The only downside to all three events is that the vendors are mostly the same each year. The upside is that you know what to expect and if there’s something you really want this year but don’t want to spend the money, you can save up for it next year. Genius right?

If you don’t want to walk to all three events, there are shuttles that can take you to and from the street fair and NIC for free. I’ve found it’s easiest to just walk along the dike road if you can, no lines that way.

I know I’ll be down there at least one day this weekend. For a full schedule, check out the links above. Hope to see you all there!

Andy