Archive for September, 2008

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

You’ll probably never see a sign like this one next to the road in a big city.
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I can only guess that the Fish and Game Dept. wants to keep tabs on the quantity of birds shot. Imagine being the guy who has to count the wings? If you’re wondering, NO WAY, I didn’t look in the container.

ATVing in Southern Idaho with view of Grand Teton Moutains

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Driving Jenny to a writers’ conference in Southern Idaho turned out to be a real treat. Since I was just was stuck in the hotel room I needed to find something to occupy my time. Hmmm, what could I… BINGO! I just so happen to have brought along the ATV. Just my luck! And it just so happens that southern Idaho has sand dunes open for ATV riders. So, I was off.


What I didn’t realize is that these amazing mountains that were off in the distance were in fact, the Grand Teton Mountains almost 60 miles away. I just thought they were cool.

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… oh yeah… Jenny’s conference was nice, too.

On brick at a time

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I wanted to buy some brick pavers for a walkway project Jenny has been asking about. Thankfully, for $100 less than I was going to pay on sale, I was able to acquire about 2-1/2 times as many. Where? The internet of course. So, now we have a walkway project AND a fire-pit project. I’m still trying to figure out if this was a good deal or not when I consider who is going to be doing the bulk of these projects.
Here’s Jenny helping unload the last of our 1100 bricks. Our arms are about to fall off.


Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Today’s observation comes in the form of a sign we saw while driving into a sub-division. I can only imagine the “incident” that required them to put up this sign.

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We won a cruise

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

I’ll try not to bore you with too much talk but we won tickets to a boat cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene.


I was a little skeptical but this 6 hour tour was nothing but eye candy. We left the Coeur d’Alene resort and headed out to from the North end to the South end of the lake.

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The cruise included a lunch. However, the beans weren’t ready when we left. Instead they were delivered via special delivery just before lunch time. If you look closely, you can see the pan of beans on the front of one of the pontoons. I thought it was staged but they said they’d never done this before.


The wild life and view were amazing.

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Here’s a great shot to look at. It look like a flood. Nope. Those are floating houses. Not exactly house boats as they don’t move or have motors. Apparently there are no property taxes on these houses.


Wolves in them hills

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

At night around 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. you can hear the distant howl of wolves from our house. Some 20 wolves are owned and kept by a couple who run a wolf education facility in town. Hardly anyone has ever been allowed to tour the compound where the wolves are kept until this year. So, for our men’s fellowship even we invited men and their families to head up for a tour.


The wolves were beautiful as you can see. We were always kept behind a fence as these wolves are still wild animals.


All of the wolves were interested in the audience. Some more than others. If you’re wondering, they eat raw meat from a local butcher.


Fortunately, as you can some wolves love the attention and are very affectionate.

The Milwaukee Road … in Idaho?

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The Hiawatha trail is yet another bankrupt railroad turned bike path in it’s second life. Jenny and I road it this weekend and made a very interesting discovery. This is the very railroad that Thomas commuted into Chicago Union Station when he worked in the Sears Tower. Note the logos on this sign that tells the history of the Hiawatha.

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Some of the features that the Hiawatha trail is noted for are the very high trestles and many tunnels. The longest tunnel is almost 2 miles long. Here’s Jenny in front of it. The lights you see are “not” the other end, they’re simply flashlights of oncoming bikers. The second image is her on a trestle. (Side note: The bike is Jenny’s new toy bought for $25 at a police auction)

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The trestle are dizzying in heights as shown in this shot. That’s my foot at the bottom.


Here’s a shot across the valley at some testles we’ll be riding across later on our ride. As you can see the landscape is magnificent. The second shot is of a little friend we made along the way.

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(The secret to our success is that the entire ride is down hill. All 14 miles. I think I peddled a total of one mile. We then caught a shuttle back up to our car.)

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Our wacky neighbors invites us over to look at their special sunflowers. I’m glad I had my camera. It gets a little lonely up here for some and so you need to “make” all the friends you can. Sunflowers