Category Archives: Kellogg/Wallace

Snowshoe 4th of July Pass

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Can you believe all the snow we’ve gotten in the past week? Where was this around the holidays? Wherever it was, I’m glad it’s here now.

After doing some research via the Panhandle Nordic Club, we took advantage of the snowy weather and headed up to 4th of July Pass for a little snowshoeing with Juneau and my parents’ yellow lab, Shelby. It was such a treat! The snow was light and fluffy and to make it even better we were the only ones on that trail the whole day. So peaceful. This was only my third time snowshoeing and I love it more each time I go. I’m looking for fun and unique places to go so please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Kyle got me some great snowshoes from Cabela’s for Christmas and I haven’t been able to use them until now. They were light and the straps were easy to use, which I appreciated. One of our neighbors gave me his old ski poles to use (so nice of him!) so I was ready to go without having to buy or rent any additional equipment.

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(Top) My new snowshoes from Cabela’s (Bottom) Feet Feet’s awesome racing rentals. Although they didn’t do much racing on Sunday :)

On the other hand (or foot…) Kyle needed to rent some snowshoes, so he headed down to Fleet Feet on Sherman to try out some of their racing shoes. There, he also discovered that you need a Park n’ Ski pass in order to ski or snowshoe state rec areas. Luckily, Fleet Feet is one of the vendors and $25 later (plus the $15 for rentals) we were good to go.

We chose to take Jeanette’s Jaunt up to the picnic area – we estimated there and back being a little less than seven miles. It felt great to get outside and move around after the severe cold we’ve had. Brr! As much as I love the winter, I’m ready for some warmer weather – even back up into the 30’s would be great.

Side note: I had a total “You know you’re from North Idaho when…” moment today. A co-worker and I were walking out in the sun and I didn’t have a coat on and mentioned how nice and warm it felt. She said, “I know, it almost feels like spring!” 

Then she checked her phone and noted it was only 34 degrees out. So, you know you’re from North Idaho when 34 degrees feels like springtime.

Anywhoo…

We ended up hiking around for about five hours and the last mile-and-a-half was in the dark so we learned a valuable lesson in all this too, start before 1 p.m. and bring headlamps. Now that I’ve shared my vast knowledge with you I expect you won’t make the same mistake.

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Snowshoeing is definitely Juneau-approved and also, Shelby’s face cracks me up! The more you look at it, the funnier it is…

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The dogs could barely keep their eyes open while we took a lunch break.

The dogs were exhausted and even started nodding off at the halfway point when we stopped for lunch. It’s so fun to let them off their leashes and run around, they were in heaven. Just be sure not to let your dog run on the cross-country trails. Heads will roll.

The trails were fantastic and the rest areas had materials to build a fire. There’s supposed to be a warming shelter at some point but we didn’t make it that far. I was definitely ready to turn back when we did and was SO ready for bed when we got home. Luckily our neighbors invited us over for dinner. They’re the very best :)

Have you guys been hitting the trails or the slopes lately? Where should we go explore next?

Happy trails!
Andy

Another side note: Sandpoint’s Winter Carnival is this upcoming weekend! I’ve always wanted to go check it out but I don’t know if it’s in the cards this year. There’s a ton of great events so be sure to check it out if you’re up that way!

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

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

Why, hello there June!

I cannot believe that June is here already! Where did May go? It was a crazy-busy month filled with lots of home projects, a couple fires, a wedding, and of course lots of spring showers. But now it’s time for June. That means sun, more fires, BBQs, birthdays, Car d’Alene, Father’s Day, golf, and hopefully some fun adventures. So what’s happening on this glorious first weekend in June?

Here’s the skinny:

Firday, May 31

Live music galore!
315 Martini Bar and Tapas: Bill Bozly
Moose: Riverboat Dave
Iron Horse: Aftermath
The Cellar: Bakin’ Phat
The Country Club: Last Chance Band

Splash, Beverly’s, Curly’s and Fedora also have live music.

Saturday, June 1

Hayden Farmer’s Market
Come check out the largest farmer’s market in Kootenai County! On the corner of Highway 95 and Prairie in Hayden. I believe it ends at 1.

Paddlefest!
The Cd’A Paddleboard Co. is hosting a demo day down at Independence Point. Come try out this season’s boards and learn all about this amazing sport! I promise… If you try it once you’ll be addicted. There’s a good chance we’ll be getting some this year. Check it out from 9-4.

Wallace Street Fair (Saturday, 8-7, and Sunday, 10-3)Come stroll the streets of downtown Wallace and check out some great vendors and live music!

Night Life
Lots of live music downtown. It’s summer people!

Sunday, June 2

Coeur d’Alene Farmer’s Market
Stroll down to 6th St. for some more farmer’s market action. It goes from 10-4.

Wallace Street Fair, 10-3

That’s all I’ve got for you! Remember, if you want your event on the blog, or if you have any suggestions for events I’m missing (especially outside of the Cd’A area) let me know! You can email me from the “What is SINI?” page.

Happy Friday!

xoxo
Andy