Saturday, July 2, 2011

Let's Play Tourist: Spirit Lake & Coeur d'Alene

Bart's Mom's side of the family has a girls trip every year.  There are 6 girls in the family, and these sisters are the basis for the trip.  It's been a big deal, a little deal, a local deal or a traveling deal, a short trip, or a long trip but at least a few of the sisters get together every year.  This year was a trip to a family cabin at Spirit Lake.  

The Sister Trip Rules are as follows:  Only women.  No children older than 1 year old.  (Bringing new born babies is encouraged, and baby will be loved, snuggled and not set down the entire trip.)  Must be married or over 21 yrs old to go.  Married in or related, daughters, children & grandchildren welcome (as long as you meet the age requirement). 

Stay up way too late.  Eat way too much.  
Laugh until someone pees their pants.  (I'm pretty sure its happened every year so far...)

So far I think every trip has involved water.  Oregon coast, Washington lake, St. George pools etc.   
There are also always chick flicks, way too many treats, crafts, shopping and games.

And when there is shopping, someone always buys fudge.  
This cute little ice cream store in the town of Spirit Lake.  Also in Spirit Lake were antique stores, pottery stores and a huge Harley hangout.  Two of the three were frequented.  You may guess which ones.

Part of Eating too much is going out to eat at least a few times.  This was a gorgeous hotel with a view of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  Although it scared us a few times when the hotel pool splashed from the roof and water came slamming against the restaurant window.  
Very funny to see an entire table full of women, scream, jump and yell Bang, Bang!! (family joke).  

Coeur d'Alene was named one of Barbara Walter's most fascinating places to visit, and called it a "little slice of heaven".  I'd heard many people say how pretty it was, but I found myself sounding ridiculous saying over and over how beautiful everything was. 

Along with eating too much, comes walking too much.  
There are amazing shops, boardwalks and restaurants all around the lake resort area. 

If you ever happen to be in Coeur d'Alene, you have to walk the floating boardwalk.  
Just like everything else in Coeur d'Alene it has gorgeous views. 

When we got back to our cabin, we found a gaggle of geese had claimed our beach for home.  It was funny to watch, there were two babysitting adults watching over 20 chicks.  While the other adults were off finding food. 

Then as soon as we pulled up, two more adult geese came to help hurry the chicks into the lake.  

As soon as the chicks were in the lake, adults came swimming or flying from all over, to their families, and slowly as they swam away, the adults and chicks split off into families.  
Who knew geese had a babysitting co-op? 

Also drawn to the water.... my hilarious mother-in-law Mickie, and sis-in-law Tanya.  It was freezing. 

But they were adamant that someone had to get in the lake while we were there, 
and since there were no other volunteers took the duty themselves.  

Even better, the next morning Mickie donned her swimsuit (most of us didn't even bring ours!) and she jumped into the freezing lake.  Yes, there are pictures. Video too.   

No, I'm not stupid.  She now lives across the street from us, and I think posting pictures of your MIL in her swimsuit, let alone screaming and running into a lake will get me black listed.  
(But I'm not deleting them either... ha ha ha!)   

Bottom Line:  Coeur d'Alene, and the other towns in this area of Washington & Idaho are just breathtaking.  We missed those that couldn't make it for this year's trip, so save your pennies, calories and  someone volunteer to have a new baby to bring next year for us to snuggle!  

And as always, I'm thrilled and incredibly blessed to have family I love hanging out with!
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