The minute I submitted my timecard and status reports on Thursday afternoon, Tom and I got in the car, bound for Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint in Northern Idaho where Tom’s sister Marcy lives with her family. (Unfortunately, both Kat and Aleks had to work and Elisabeth had plans for the weekend, so we’d only be joined by Peter, who would meet us in Idaho, along with his cousin Tina, who is beginning her Freshman year at WSU.)
The terrain and climate of Washington State change dramatically as you cross the Cascade Mountain range. One minute, you’re surrounded by green trees and the next minute you’re surrounded by farmland and mile upon mile of wheat fields.
Goodbye green mountains…
and endless wheat fields.
For at least half of the five hour drive to Sandpoint, you could nap for an hour or more and not notice any difference in terrain when you awake.
Occasionally you come across some interesting rock formations…
but basically the majority of the drive looks like this:
…along with some gorgeous wild horses (in sculpture form).
But basically, the drive looks like this:
…with an occasional rest stop:
Finally we arrived at Marcy’s family’s beautiful cabin on Bottle Bay. I love this place!
My entire being just relaxes when I wake up here!
The evenings are just as magical as the mornings:
And in between, we’ve been having a wonderful time with cousins who somehow grew up!
When Marcy’s family lived within a mile of us, the cousins were more like siblings. Aleks and Barry were inseparable:
And NOW look at Barry!
Oh, how I wish Aleks could have come!
Tina and Kat’s were inseparable too…
And NOW look at Tina!
Oh, how I wish Kat could have come!
They totally grew up, just like our kids did.
I want them back! I wish they never moved away and that the cousins were still best friends, but I know that they’re happy in this beautiful location – and we do get the added benefit of having a great place to come play once a year or so.
Marcy has a new best friend, appropriately named Moose! I try not to be jealous… :-)
Tomorrow we’ll all head back – Peter and Tina to WSU and Tom and I to Seattle… but not back to work for me! On Tuesday I’ll take another vacation day and we’ll take Kat to Bellingham so she can look at Western Washington University, where she’ll be applying this year as a transfer student.
There’s no wireless at the cabin, so who knows when I’ll post this. By the time you see it, we’ll likely be headed back through the wheat fields and chaparral toward the green of Western Washington again.
See you on the other side!