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“Weekend” Re-Cap

I put quotes around weekend because, really, this extends back to last Thursday. It should extend all the way back to last weekend, but we’ll save that for another day. Perhaps Thursday…

Is it just me or has the past couple of weeks been a little nuts? We’ve been go, go, go (for a lot of good reasons) and finding time to pop in and give you an update is few and far between. I hope you all have been having as much fun as us! Here’s what we’ve been up to.

Megan scored free tickets to a concert in Sandpoint at the Panida Theater. So after work Thursday we headed up north, despite the snow, and found ourselves quite comfy at MickDuff’s (any surprise there?) chatting with the bar tender, eating wings (which had the best BBQ sauce I’ve ever had) and drinking a couple beers. A great start to our “almost weekend.”


My fav? The Knot Head Black and Tan. Yum!

After filling up on wings and beer, we headed over to the theater. I had never heard of the artist – Ani DiFranco – but I was pleasantly surprised. She reminded me of a Natalie Imbruglia or Lisa Loeb. One of those strong, female singer-songwriters of the 90’s. Dylan said she sounded a little “man-hating” in some of her songs.

Yeah. Maybe a little.

The music was fantastic, though, and her guitar skills were impressive. So often when I go to shows, artists can either play or sing, but rarely at the same time and almost never with this much skill. Her lyrics are clever and her banter witty. It was a great show and I’m so thankful Megan asked me to go with her.

Panida Theater.jpg

What made the show even better was the audience. She had some real followers there and actually interacted with them during the show – allowing them to make requests and ask questions. The best audience member was about four rows in front of us – we now refer to him as Namaste Clap-clap Guy. He really had a great groove going. I think I might steal some of his moves.

On Friday Kyle and I were going on a little date up to the Porch in Hayden. A friend said they had ribs as their special and they’re the best ribs ever. Megan admitted to being a Porch virgin so of course we brought her and Dylan along with us to share in the gloriousness of the best ribs ever.

Only there were no ribs. None. Know why? The rotating specials switch on Thursday. Not Friday or Saturday like Nick told us. Thursday.

Disappointment filled us all. But dinner was still amazing as always, I got my staple cranberry salad and everyone else was happy with their dinners as well. Still delicious. Still fun.

Just as an FYI, you can check out the rotating specials of any Porch-Moon Time pub family restaurants at I will be checking this from now on as to avoid any future disappointments. *cough cough* Nick *cough*

To cap off our weekend, we made a trip to REI on Sunday to get Kyle some snowshoes and Junebug some doggy booties. Please excuse the poor video quality and demon eyes. I promise my dog isn’t possessed.

It was a very successful trip. Every time we go I’m more thankful that there isn’t one in Cd’A. We’d be broke.

Hope your week is off to a great start! I have an official winner for the new Stuck in North Idaho logo and will be introducing it THIS WEEKEND! Woot woot!


The 5 Most Romantic Spots in North Idaho (that I’m aware of)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I had to include the disclaimer just so I don’t get bombarded by emails and nasty comments. I asked for suggestions so you can’t complain if you didn’t respond. Lawyered! (Any other HIMYM fans out there?)

Last week I told you North Idaho is one of the most romantic spots in the world. And I firmly believe that. So as promised, I compiled my Top 5 Most Romantic Spots in North Idaho (please keep in mind these will mostly be in Cd’A and this list is not all-inclusive and they are in no particular order). 

1. Tubbs Hill – Whether you’re at the top looking out at the city or down on the beach cuddling up by the lake, this is the epitome of a high school “make-out point” (or like-name) scenario. It’s the best way to feel away from it all but still be right in the middle of town.

My good friends Kristen and Blake "Save the Dates" at the lovely Tubbs Hill

My good friends Kristen and Blake “Save the Dates” at the lovely Tubbs Hill

2. Beverly’s – You will rarely hear me boast about the Resort, and that’s mostly because It’s so overdone. However, if you’re looking for an intimate date night go to Beverly’s on a Friday or Saturday night and sit in the bar. There’s beautiful views of the lake, the lights are very dim and there’s a great guitar player that takes requests. Sip on a glass of wine or order the coffee service. You won’t be disappointed.

3. Green Bay – No, I don’t mean the football team. Green Bay on Lake Pend d’Oreille is incredibly secluded and beautiful. It has rocky shores with a few campsites and gorgeous views. Google it, check it out. I dare ya.

4. Silver Mountain – Silver Mountain holds a special place in my heart. I’m sure I’ve told you the story before, but it’s where Kyle proposed to me (the day after Valentine’s Day actually). So every time we go up there it’s a little reminder of that special day.



5. Local eateries – This is incredibly vague. I know. But science shows that humans love food and associate positive feelings with eating. So of course it’s easy to set the mood with a little low lighting and deliciousness! My suggestions? Fire, Tony’s, Seasons, Bardenay and the Porch top my list for around the Cd’A/Hayden area. Bon Appetit!

Here’s another little Valentine nugget for you:

After my comment in my last romance post about the “I Saw You” section of the Inlander, I picked up this week’s issue and noticed they have stories about successful romances that started there! Had to share :)

Happy Heart Day!


2013 Wrap Up

Can you believe that 2013 is already over?! My mind is blown. There was so much more I wanted to do and share with you throughout this year but boy does time fly. Today I want to do a little recap of some of my favorite posts to celebrate the awesomeness that was 2013.


Last January I announced that I would participate in a 365 Photo Challenge where I would attempt to take a photo every day for a year (or at least have 365 photos to represent my year). I haven’t calculated my total yet, but before Halloween I was at 280 so it’s very possible that I was successful.


The goal of this challenge was to get me using my camera a lot more and really learning how to use it. And if that’s the case then I more than achieved my resolution – I can shoot in manual mode now. Can I get a what what?!

Although, I still can’t wait to see how camera crazy I went this year. I know I took more than 365 photos – but who knows if I got 365 photos that I’m willing to admit are mine. We’ll see.


In February 2013 we hiked Caribou Ridge out past Beauty Bay. We spotted an elk across the ridge from us and heard all kinds of birds. We were also able to test out Juneau’s trail skills and trustworthiness off of her leash while hiking. I’d give her an A-.


I also gave you all some fun Valentine ideas in case you weren’t feeling romantically inspired.


In March I took a chilly walk down Sherman and Lakeside and gave you a run-down of the best restaurants down there.

PS – Fire is still our favorite


April was a busy month for us! We Kyle built a pergola in our backyard where we have since hosted many-a-bonfires and BBQs. Such a great guy :)

That month I also discovered my new favorite cocktail (hint: it’s a Manhattan) and exactly how dangerous Season’s happy hour is. Yum! Since realizing what a great deal it is, I’ve gone for happy hour at least six times.

Girls' Night Out

Kyle and I, along with our friends Kristin and Blake, discovered Marie Creek and a fun trail just a little further than Wolf Lodge.

Side note: Kyle and I went back on Christmas day this year and I have to warn you that the trail heading down to the creek was super icy and a little scary. Proceed with caution.

This was the first time we took Juneau and their lab Sadie for a hike together and let them run around. Instant besties!


Also that month I went on a trip for Kristin’s bachelorette party to Lake Chelan. I never told you guys about it so I’m saving it for a post in the future. It sure was fun though!


In May I talked a lot about dogs. The dog show at the fairgrounds, Dog d’Alene and my little Juneau-approved icon were all introduced.

We also went up to Lost in the 50’s – one of my favorite things in the whole wide world! It’s a tradition for my dad and I to go look at all the amazing cars and for my mom to go shop. After, we treat ourselves to a burger at MickDuff’s and refill our “Go Green, Drink Red” bottles at the winery.



June (as always) was the kick-off to summer entertainment and activities. Live music, walks, art shows, and Ironman all took center stage. What I remember most from June was our trip to Farragut State Park with my family. It was mine and Kyle’s first time camping there and we really enjoyed it. Despite the many rain storms, we got to hike and ride bikes a ton (Kyle even did a guest post about it!) and spending time with family is always good.


We also hiked Mineral Ridge (my first time!) and went to Car d’Alene. June was a very busy month for us.



July was all about being outside. We went camping up at Riley Creek, just outside of Sandpoint. It was the first time our oldest nephews tried tubing and we took them on an educational nature walk (yeah, we’re that aunt and uncle) where we learned all about local vegetation and animals.


In July we were also able to check out the first paddleboard races at the NIC beach and that was also the first time we went to Slate Creek Brewery – easily the best beer in town.


My Fourth of July was a little more relaxed this year. I enjoyed the parade downtown with my family, then Kristen and I took the pups to Mineral Ridge for a hike. When Kyle got off work, we all headed out to his parents’ cabin for a BBQ and to watch the fireworks. 

This is also the month that Kyle posted about biking Bernard Peak while we were camping at Farragut. I’d love to see him do some more guest posts for you guys.


August is always the busiest month in the summer because everyone wants to pack all things fun in before fall hits. Much like July, we spent a good part of the month outside and participated in a lot of firsts.

Kyle and his little bro (Kendrich) did the Cd’A Triathlon (Kendrich’s first tri) and now they both have the bug and even signed up for the Boise half Ironman in June. We have a couple of projects in mind surrounding their training so stay tuned!


Kyle and I floated the Cd’A River together for the first time. It was quite chilly and the next time we go it will be much earlier in the day so we get some sun. Brr! We launched at Bumblebee and ended up having a great time.

The further along I get in this post, the more I’m realizing 2013 was a year of firsts for me. That feels pretty dang good.


We also hiked Gold Hill Trail #3 in the rain and enjoyed MickDuff’s after.



September is a special month for us because it’s our anniversary month. So of course we had lots planned.

Kyle ran Race for the Cure – Juneau and I played cheerleaders because I was pretty wiped out from going to a football game with my dad the night before. We rocked our Crimson and Gray and took the ‘stang down to Pullman for the WSU vs. UI game.



October brought on a whole mess of fall fun and festivities. I gave you a round-up of all the Oktoberfests we participated in (including downtown Cd’A and Sandpoint). I told you all about my favorite fall event – the Apple Festival over at Green Bluff. Clarissa, Kyle and I gorged on pumpkin doughnuts and we brought home a slew of pumpkins and apples.


We also celebrated my golden birthday (26 on the 26th) and Halloween with a costume party over at Clarissa and Eric’s. Kyle and I channeled our inner Great Gatsby characters – winning us the second place prize – and our friends Mike and Hilary won first with their all-night personas of Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone.


Two major projects were brought to the public in October. The McEuen Park open house was a huge success, bringing citizens from all over the greater Cd’A area downtown to view the progress. The CDA 2030 project also started gaining some momentum with their launch event, surveys and workshops.



November got super busy with the holidays approaching. My biggest post from November was an interview with Nicole Kahler with the CDA 2030 team. She told us all about the vision plan and what they’ve discovered so far. She also told us all about the Vision Summit that I attended on the 11th.



Talk about a busy month. Unfortunately it was busy in a post-worthy kind of way and I ended up taking a little holiday hiatus. I did take some time to tell you all about the 2030 Summit and what was discussed while I was there. I also told you about my specific group as well as the other special interest areas being addressed with the new vision.


It’s been a busy year! And like I said, I didn’t even get to share everything we did with you.

All in all I think it’s been a great year for my little blog. I have over 130 likes on Facebook now (yay!) and am slowing discovering what I want Stuck in North Idaho to grow up to be. For now I’m happy and content sharing my life in North Idaho with you and continue to hope it helps you appreciate our little corner in the Northwest and inspires you to get out and enjoy it.

Can’t wait to share my New Year’s resolutions with you and see how I measured up to last year’s. Until then,

Happy New Year!

A little catching up…

It’s been a little while since I’ve given you an update on what we’ve been up to. Last we met, I was attending the CDA 2030 Summit at NIC and I was allegedly going to give the low-down right after. Well I obviously dropped the ball on that one. Oops.

Well, I’m here now (well over a month later) and I have some information for you.


I chose to be in the “Community and Identity” focus group for the day. There were six groups total:

  • Jobs and Economy: Jobs and workforce, economic and business development, career and professional development
  • Growth and Development: Planning, land use, transportaion, housing, neighborhoods, infrastructure, utilities
  • Environment and Recreation: Environmental quality and protection, rivers, lakes and natural areas, parks and recreation, and trails
  • Health and Safety: Public safety, health care, wellness, social services, children and families, youth and elderly
  • Education and Learning: Schools, community college, university and graduate school, lifelong learning
  • Community and Identity: Governance, engagement, volunteerism, community image and identity, arts and culture, faith

So those were the different groups available and a brief description of the topics they were supposed to cover, however, there is always some level of overlap and that’s fine. The goal of the summit wasn’t to develop all these areas and solve all of North Idaho’s problems, even though I think there were multiple people who thought that’s what we were doing. Rather, our job was to look at the proposed vision that the committee already came up with based on all the surveys and workshops that had already wrapped up, and see if we wanted to make any changes.


Some of the larger issues discussed included:

  • A shortage of “living wage” jobs – we wanted the term changed to “completive wage” because we’ll continue to lose a lot of skilled workers to Washington until we can close the wage gap a little more.
  • Growing targeted industries such as technology, aviation, medical services, and sustainable “green” technologies.
  • Transportation improvements including access to public transportation, bettering traffic flow and creating more city-wide urban trails to accomodate runners, walkers and bicyclists.
  • Protecting our open space and improving the quality of our lakes, rivers and shorelines.
  • Improving community health and wellness through education and awareness, recreational activities, environmental and safety measures, and further developing our comprehensive medical services.
  • Maintaining Coeur d’Alene’s small town feel and enhance our friendly, welcoming atmosphere while also continuing to develop public places where people can gather and connect.
  • Continue to grow and enhance our arts and culture.
  • Provide stable K-12 funding which will ensure the best teachers, facilities and resources possible for our community’s children and enhance our university partnerships to provide more opportunities for students including research and scholarships.


Of course there was a lot more than that discussed throughout the day – but it would take me forever to include everything and you’d be reading this post for probably like a week. Or a day. Either way it would be way too long. You can learn a lot more about the results at the CDA 2030 website and find ways you will be able to participate down the road.

What are some of the issues you’d like to see come up?

I promise to post a few more times before the holidays, sorry again for being so behind!


CDA 2030 Summit this Weekend!

Happy Thursday everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week in November… where did the time go? And as you may have guessed based on the title of this post, this Saturday is the CDA 2030 community summit. Remember when I talked about it way back when? Well it’s here and I hope you guys realize how huge this is.

To help convince you how important it is for everyone to participate, I interviewed emailed Nicole Kahler, the Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project, Project Manager.


What is your role with the 2030 project?
Nicol Kahler Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project, Project Manager

Nicole Kahler
Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project, Project Manager

Being the project manager for the Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project is a quite a fun and unpredictable adventure. During the last couple months on the job, I have glued on 75 of our Fourth of July parade thought bubble signs, facilitated a workshop of 60+ high school students all at once (160 students throughout two days), coordinated events, collected and analyzed data, and give the CDA 2030 elevator pitch more times than I can count, just to name a few random tasks.  But it doesn’t get old, I really believe in this project.How did you get involved and why were you interested?
I learned about the project manager position from Debbie Gray, the program coordinator for the University of Idaho, Office of Community Partnerships. Debbie and I worked together on some community revitalization projects while I completed by undergraduate and graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture. Although I have always been an avid gardener and have enjoyed some residential landscape projects, my real interest lies in working on community projects. I am interested in the careful balance that must be created between the history and culture, economics, etc. I also really enjoy working with passionate groups of community members. When I heard about CDA 2030, I definitely wanted to be involved as an employee or even a participant. I loved that all community members would not only be able to voice their opinions but that they would also have the opportunity to talk with others, hear different perspectives, possibly be enlightened by someone else’s opinion and come to a consistence for the greater good of the community.

What does CdA 2030 mean to you? What would you like to see as part of the vision?
 To me, CDA 2030 is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to work together at the same level no matter you socioeconomic status, education level or job title.Yes, we may not always agree, but this venue gives community members a better way to ask questions, form opinions and compromise for the greater good of the community. I think this respectful dialog is so important for our community rather than unfriendly comments made online blogs for an example.Of course I have my own personal vision for greater Coeur d’Alene, but if my vision solely comes through at the end of the project, then I have failed. As a citizen, I filled out a questionnaire and participated in a workshop. As an employee of the project, it is my charge to see that the community’s opinions are accurately represented.
What will be covered at the summit on Saturday? What can people expect?
The Community Vision Summit is where our community’s vision starts to come into sharper focus. During the Summit, participants will engage in a number of specific activities, including:
  • Review key information and vision ideas from the community
  • Affirm a statement of core community values
  • Work on an overarching vision for greater CDA
  • Develop visions and strategies for specific focus areas

The end result – a draft vision statement and a framework for an action plan.

Participants can expect to hold a respectful dialog when sharing their opinion, thinking about other opinions and work together for the greater good of the community.

Participants may also be surprised by what others have to say. Something that was really rewarding to see was participants network at our workshops last month. For example, a participant realized that he lived in the same neighborhood as another participant.  After the workshop he introduced himself and invited her to the HOA meeting which is about to make some major decisions in their neighborhood. Although this isn’t a world-saving example, it was really awesome to see that CDA 2030 is helping community member work together for the greater good of their community.

A lot of  people believe their opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to big projects like this.  How much does the community’s opinion really count in this project?
CDA 2030 is all about collecting the community’s opinion. We have collected data through our scientific community survey (, through questionnaires, workshops, and interviews. This data has given us the top community values, trends, visions, and actions that will be presented at the Community Vision Summit. From there, community members will review the information to make sure that nothing is missing. That we are representing our community in a holistic fashion. Our Vision Drafting Committee, which has been charged with taking the information as it is and not pushing a personal agenda, will then work on finalizing an overarching vision and series of vision statements. To make sure that the community opinion is accurately represented, in the beginning of 2014, we will take this information back out into the community for review and conduct a scientific validation survey.

If someone can’t make it to the summit on Saturday, what are some other ways to get involved?
Get involved in the process by giving us feedback especially in early 2014 when we will be asking the community to review the visions. Signup on our website or by emailing me to get updates on the project and opportunities for involvement.

If someone is unable to attend the Community Vision Summit, but would like to give us input, the results of the Community Vision Summit will be posted on our website ( following the Summit (tentatively around the 20 of November).  Community members can respond with their opinion about the results by filling out an online survey.  This survey will be available until December 4, then the results will be shared with our Vision Drafting Committee and adjustments will be made.

Do you have to register to participate on Saturday? How?

Registration helps the CDA 2030 team make sure we have enough seating and lunches prepared for the event. Registration is strongly encouraged, however, we do expect and will welcome participants that have not pre-registered. As far as I am concerned, the room capacity will be the only limit on the number of participants.

We are asking all able participants to donate a non-perishable food item(s) or a monetary donation to the Community Food Bank in exchange for the lunch provided at the Community Vision Summit. Although it might not be realistic with little notice to the participants, I’d love to say, lets collect 2,030 lbs of food… how cool would that be!

Community Vision Summit

November 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of the NIC Student Union BuildingLunch provided with pre-registration. Register by contacting Nicole at or (208) 415-0112.

What are some of the results you’ve seen so far from the surveys and from community input?

Values and vision ideas will be shared at the Community Vision Summit. Come find out what others have to say!

Here are some results from our scientific community survey:
  • 1-in-5 residents believe that the greatest issue facing Coeur d’Alene today is population growth.
  • 1 out of 4 residents reported that the greatest issue facing Coeur d’Alene today is a lack of jobs.
  • Over 70 percent of respondents feel that it is ‘very important’ for a community to have good relations between people who have different cultural backgrounds.
  • 7-out-of-10 respondents also feel that respectful dialogue and cooperation among community leaders and citizens is ‘very important’.
  • 1-in-5 respondents believe that population growth will influence the greater Coeur d’Alene as a better or worse place to live.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions about the project?

One of the biggest misconceptions is that CDA 2030 is a City of Coeur d’Alene operated and owned project. This project is a community owned project. The intention is when this project is completed, any community member can access our reports and use the information. We encourage the community to use our information because we know that it is representative of the greater Cd’A area.

Yes, the city is a sponsor of CDA 2030, but there are a lot of other businesses/companies that have supported CDA 2030 with in-kind donations and monetary support. Our major sponsors include: Avista, City of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, Kootenai Health, Lake City Development Corporation, Lewis-Clark State College- Cd’A, North Idaho College, University of Idaho- Cd’A, Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors, and Pita Pit.

Why should people be excited and get involved?

People should be excited that we have a community that is supportive of this process. This process allows everyone’s opinions can be heard.

A big thanks to Nicole for answering all of my questions! I hope that you all plan to attend the summit on Saturday. I’ll be there with a couple friends (I’ll be the dork taking pictures of everything).

If you have any questions contact the 2030 group – I’m sure they’d love to hear from you!