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Return To McCall

Beautiful Payette Lake

Yes, here we are again! As I mentioned during my last post regarding our trip down in October, Deb and I decided to return again for the last week of the year! We camped in our trailer in October and saw Fall in McCall, and this time stayed in more luxurious surroundings in Winter! It was a magical winter wonderland and since it was the week after Christmas, we still were able to see the town decked out in holiday regalia! We stayed at the Shore Lodge in a gorgeous lake side suite.

The place was absolutely perfect for us! Amenities included, nice bar, two restaurants, small gym (yes we did work out), out door pool and hot tub, theater (we did not use), game room, and a spa. Unfortunately, the spa was booked the whole week we were there so we weren’t able to enjoy a massage or anything else. At night they would build a fire and you could go out and have s’mores with the ingredients provided by the hotel. And every night while the s’mores were cooking, raccoons were hiding in the darkness with little glowing eyes waiting to grab a morsel off the ground or out of the trash! Everything was clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful. As a matter of fact, people in Idaho were nice and happy in general! We love it there!!!!

The weather was beautiful for most of our stay. Mostly clear blue skies with the occasional snow flurry now and then and man was it cold! One overnight low went below zero…..brrrrrrrr. Now if you are familiar with McCall or Idaho in general, you would know there is plenty to do whether it is summer or winter! After we had settled in and had a look around, we started planning our activities for the week. Just six weeks earlier Debbie had knee surgery, so skiing was out of the question. But there was plenty else to keep us occupied.

So we got to it and one of our first things we did is rent snow shoes for half a day. We thought it would be enough and didn’t want to push Debbie’s knee! We asked about where the best place to go and headed to the suggested destination of the Bear Basin Trail Head. It was a great place to snow shoe but we also had to share trails with cross country skiers too and they had the advantage and their own trails that we had to stay off of. That was okay by as as there was plenty of trails and room for both! It was so cold, that both of our cell phone batteries died and we didn’t get a chance to take as many pictures as we would have liked. Luckily before they died, we met a couple of hikers and their dog and they managed to snap a few of us! The most disconcerting thing was that we didn’t know what time it was or couldn’t pull up a map of where we were. That made us turn back a bit earlier than we would have. The last thing we needed was to be out after the sun went down! We had a great time anyway and got plenty of cardio.

One thing that we just had to do, was rent a couple of snowmobiles and hit the tracks. I did a little research before we left to find the best place to rent them. We settled on Cheap Thrills Rentals and were really glad we did. We had brand new sleds and they supplied everything, suit, gloves, boots, helmets, and everything was clean and kept us very warm. We had to drive ourselves to the meet up in a big parking lot where all the sleds were. Then after a brief safety and operation spiel, we were off on our own! Now the only thing that we didn’t really like was that we had to stay on the road, so going off into snow fields wasn’t allowed. Now I get it and why they request it, but it was tempting to hit a nice flat looking clearing to go have some fun in! At any rate, we still had a blast! We road back up to Burgdorf Hot Springs where we had been back in October. We stopped there and had a cup of coffee and thought about going in the hot springs because we did bring our stuff. We decided we didn’t want to change, get wet, dry off, etc! We’d rather continue to ride.

Once we left Burgdorf, we headed further up the road to
Warren which is an old mining town that is almost a ghost town. It does have a population of 7 in the winter and there is a landing strip at the old town to get supplies flown in. It was very cool and we rode around exploring then went into the Baum Shelter for a quick bite and beverage. For a place this far out in the woods and away from civilization, it had an extensive menu and was very good. After hanging out and warming up we finally headed back down the road and went a little bit beyond where we were supposed to. It was a great day and we put just over 90 miles of riding!

Some days we spent driving around the local area looking at different spots around McCall and checking out properties of course and just getting a lay of the land. We also wanted to get more familiar with the town itself and of it’s surroundings. We found some really nice developments and some areas that were just meh. Sounds like we are looking for another place to buy right? Well you never know, we really love it out here. It could be another place to land in case Washington State goes sideways like it just might! We were also able to spend New Year’s Eve here too! The hotel had a big party which we attended. Had a great dinner, drinks, shared a table with strangers that became one night friends, and even did some dancing. It was a great way to end the year and ring in the new one.

We had to say good bye to McCall and drove down to Boise for the last night. We left mid morning to give us a bit of time to check in to our hotel and have some time to do a bit of exploring while we could. We just looked on WAZE and just started driving. We drove onto the campus of Boise State University and looked around. It is a very pretty campus and also drove to the stadium and checked out the blue field. We also saw the capitol building and were surprised at some of the mansions that were nearby in a very cool neighborhood. We then stumbled upon the Old Idaho Penitentiary which was awesome and spooky. We had gotten there too late to see much of the place and were only able to go into the women’s ward. It was not a comfy place to have to be into back in those days. It was such a bummer that we got there too late to see anymore, because it was so cool. Finally we hit a local restaurant that was recommended by some of our good Snoqualmie friends, the  Barbacoa Grill. OMG this place was huge, busy, and sooooooo good. They make the best guacamole fresh right there table side. The drinks were great and the food was awesome and the place was packed. The vacation was such a blast and went way too fast. We both were experiencing post vacation depression upon our return, but we had our little four legged buddy to cheer us up! In addition to the pictures I posted here, you can find many more in our online album, so go take a look!

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Pictures Are Up

Our Tamarack photos are now up at Flickr. Click here and go have a look!!

15th Anniversary Trip

Wow is all I can say. Today marks our 15th wedding anniversary! Actually we have been together for 16 years going on our first date March 6th, 1992 and were married one year later! Our first date was a ski day at Crystal Mountain in Washington. Now I sit in bed here at our hotel The Lodge at Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort in Idaho after days of what else…..skiing. Is that apropos or what? It is absolutely gorgeous here and we have had a blast. I was a little nervous at first thinking about skiing for the first time in many years and wondering how I was going to do. Then when I saw the mountain, I really freaked out. But after a few runs down the beginners hill and getting my ski legs back, it was all good. Of course after the first day of skiing for 4-5 hours, my feet and legs were a quivering mess, but we just went back up the next day and worked through the soreness of close to 50 year old bodies. I must say that ski boots are the most uncomfortable clothing accessory ever made. I need to invent something that is more comfortable and make millions. Having the flattest feet in the world doesn’t help either. One day we thought we were going to take a break and do some snowshoeing and it was the first time for the both of us. After 5 hours of snowshoeing all around the many trailsof the resort, we realized how much of a work out it was. We were wiped out!!! A bit of hot tubbing and adult libations took away some of the pain ;-) Yesterday was our last day of skiing, as we are heading back to Boise for our flight back home, and we were ski monsters hitting double blue and even a black diamond trail. We have put up videos of us skiing and Deb snowshoeing on our YouTube Channel. Go have a look and you’ll also find some other videos there as well. We took allot of photos which I will post on our Flickr page shortly when I get them off the camera and edited.

The Resort had just about everything we needed, but we did venture out one evening and drove up to McCall, Id. From what we saw of the town it was very cute as it was dark. We stopped in a cool rustic restaurant called The Mill Supper Cluband had dinner. I had the biggest and best piece of prime rib I’ve had in a log while. Debbie enjoyed a nice generous portion of halibut. It was just our type of place. It would be nice to come back in the summer to see this place. I think Debbie has ski fever now and we may do more skiing in the future. Hell, we only live 20 minutes from Snoqualmie Summit for god sake!!!

In other news, we finally got our boat back and she is beautiful!!! We have spent only one night on her since we just got her back the weekend before we came here! The interior looks wonderful and Debbie did great picking out the carpet, drapes, upholstery fabric. She has new bottom paint on her, a new inverter, new window, new teak in the back, railings all fixed and ready for some good boating coming up! We have just a small idling problem with our starboard engine which I think may need injector cleaning and she’s all set. We just need to find ourselves a better dinghy and the boating package is complete! We took some pictures and also recorded a new podcast as we christened her finally. You can see the pictures and listen to the podcast over at our Boat Virgins podcast page! There’s more exciting news to tell you, but I have to wait until it’s been officially announced. I’ll be blogging about it when it is! We have to go now, gotta get packed up and checked out of here. bye for now!!!

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