Month: August 2011

The Variscos leave the Northwest

August 29, 2011 It’s almost time to leave Steve and the Northwest. We spent our last day in Couer D’Alene at the country club – swimming, eating, playing cards, and working on agendas for Steve and me. Then spent the evening at The Gleasons… Continue Reading “The Variscos leave the Northwest”

The Variscos storm the NW – Spokane

Jilly and Paul flew to Spokane today! We were very very excited to pick them up from the airport. How about that belly!!! – SG Steve gave them a tour of the city. He showed them old houses, old parks where he played baseball,… Continue Reading “The Variscos storm the NW – Spokane”


We watched the Foo Fighters documentary at Ryan and Monique Thielman’s house (excellent show) Ryan recommended a lodge in Sandpoint, Idaho. Called… The Lodge in Sandpoint We took his advice and made reservations and it was Awesome. View from the Room We had dinner… Continue Reading “Sandpoint”

Spokane and Pullman

Back at Mike and Jackie’s in Spokane. We relaxed for a couple of days and watched an entire season of “Game of Thrones” in the basement. Highly recommend it. We visited a piece of property that Mike was interested in buying. Pretty, raw land… Continue Reading “Spokane and Pullman”

Summer Joy

I told Sean that I want to roll down my dads hill before he leaves from this filming session. Why? Why not? It’s fun! It’s not the cliffs or bridges or cornices I used to jump or the waves I used to surf but…… Continue Reading “Summer Joy”

Hayden Lake to Spokane: HOME!

Tuesday, August 15, 2011 Matt made us pancakes for breakfast and we ate them on the deck in the warm sunshine overlooking Hayden Lake. We went for a morning swim. It’s hard for Steve to swim now, as his reflexes tell him to breathe… Continue Reading “Hayden Lake to Spokane: HOME!”

“I won’t back down” from JD and… Eddie

Deadmans Creek CG, BC to Hayden Lake, ID

Monday, August 15, 2011 We had a bath in the river this morning. The water was warmer than the glacier lakes we’ve bathed in but still nice and chilly. We drove through the beautiful wine/orchard country of BC. I loved the drive. We stopped… Continue Reading “Deadmans Creek CG, BC to Hayden Lake, ID”

Babine Lake Rd to Deadmans Creek CG

Sunday, August 14, 2011 Another big driving day today. I think all of us are a bit travel weary and being this close to Washington makes us all ready to get home. We stopped at Mezzanine Lake and cleaned out the van. It was… Continue Reading “Babine Lake Rd to Deadmans Creek CG”

Prince Rupert to Babine Lake Rd: Stewart/Hyder

August 13, 2011 The Matanuska Ferry arrived on shore in Prince Rupert, Canada at 5:15am, which with the time change was really 4:15am, which means we really woke up at 3:45am to pack up and get through the jerky Canadian border patrol, which means… Continue Reading “Prince Rupert to Babine Lake Rd: Stewart/Hyder”