Sandpoint, Idaho

This weekend I discovered my next "home"! I cruised up to Sandpoint, ID to visit one of my best friends and fell in love with the town. They have everything we do here in Bozeman (skiing, hiking, biking, exploring), plus a huge lake providing endless opportunities for recreation. Anyway, this gal and I have been friends for over 10 years and while we don't see each other all that often, we always pick up where we left off.

Even though I was actually there for less than 48 hours, we certainly packed in our fair share of fun. Between hiking (and getting lost), 4-wheeling and cycling along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, I came home absolutely exhausted. The abundance of rain recently, followed by an outburst of sunshine has made everything unbelievably green and colorful! While there were numerous photo ops, I just wasn't very satisfied with my results.

For some reason this stretch of railroad made me think of old time movies. I picture kids racing down the middle of them on their bikes, hopping off into the bushes to watch a train rush by. I gave it an antique look to better reflect this image. The flowers on the right struck me because, of course, they're pink!

One the highlights from the weekend was 4-wheeling around the Wyman Wildlife Preserve. We were actually invited out to the property by the 85 year old owner. While we didn't exactly get going very fast, it was interesting to listen to the history this gentleman has experienced in his 85 years. This cabin was used by his ancestors many years prior. Just a bit further down the trail we also visited the home they lived in, though it was in much the same condition as this cabin. There is something about these old buildings that always fascinates me. You just have to wonder what those walls have seen, heard and experienced. This is the first time I've come across one with someone that can remember when it was a part of everyday life. The last fascinating tidbit was him telling us about his days in the Army up in Sitka, Alaska. We found out that he is friends with Sig Hansen of the Northwestern (Deadliest Catch fans...) and he actually invented the part of the fishing pots that prevent the "catch" from escaping the pots. Cool!

That about sums up the weekend. I wasn't happy with my pictures of the lake, but might post one anyway.


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