Sweet Summertime!

Summer on the Pend Oreille River goes by fast! It seems like I just wrote the blog about spring ending, and here I am wearing a sweatshirt in the middle of the day! I guess, it's as the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun!

 This is down river (North) of us. I was on my way to yoga and had to stop for a photo. 

This is down river (North) of us. I was on my way to yoga and had to stop for a photo. 

 Living up here, having snowmobiles or off road toys are a must. We decided on a side by side. It's small enough to fit in the bed of the truck. Barely! Watching Paul drive it up and down the ramps is nail biting! We discovered that you can ride your off road vehicles on all of the county roads, so we can take off from the house and go for rides. We will only have to load it in the truck if we are riding somewhere farther away from the house. We joined a local off road club, so we will learn all of the fun places to ride. Our friends took us up to a grove of huge cedar trees. It's like stepping into Narnia. I'm not sure if that's my favorite place to ride, or the one where we stop and have cheeseburgers for lunch. 

 It looks small in the truck bed.

It looks small in the truck bed.

 We ordered a windshield so I wont have to wear a helmet. I feel like a bobble head wearing one, but I don't want a rock to the face. 

We ordered a windshield so I wont have to wear a helmet. I feel like a bobble head wearing one, but I don't want a rock to the face. 

 Big hug for a big tree!

Big hug for a big tree!

 Paul in Narnia.

Paul in Narnia.

 Beer stop #1. The only time I drink beer at 10 AM.

Beer stop #1. The only time I drink beer at 10 AM.

 A beautiful place to ride to and have a cheeseburger and beer!

A beautiful place to ride to and have a cheeseburger and beer!

 We took a drive over to the other area we considered when looking for property. It's only about an hour west, where the Columbia and Kettle Rivers meet at Lake Roosevelt. While it's beautiful, we are still happy we chose where we did. 

 Lake Roosevelt, on the Columbia River.

Lake Roosevelt, on the Columbia River.

 Our dock doesn't go far enough out into the river to reach the deeper water, so in the summertime, the weeds make it impossible to fish from the dock. I bought a little fishing kayak. So far I've caught some large mouth bass and a couple perch. Nothing big enough to keep. I showed my friends kids how to cast, and their son keeps catching bigger fish than me! I don't know if it's beginners luck, or he is just more patient than I am. I hope he didn't learn any colorful language, since I tend to cuss at the fish!

 Here fishy, somebitching fishy!

Here fishy, somebitching fishy!

 What would a summer be without meeting Jane at a Kenny Chesney concert? This time we met in Seattle. We opted for floor seats instead of sandbar so we could come and go in between acts. We spent a few days seeing what (bars) downtown Seattle was like. The weekend went by way to fast. The party didn't stop there. April was in Seattle visiting friends, and met me at the airport to come home with me for a few days. We tried to cram as much fun and cheeseburgers we could into the short visit. 

 Jane and me in the VIP lounge before the show.

Jane and me in the VIP lounge before the show.

 A bloody mary toast to our friendship. 

A bloody mary toast to our friendship. 

 Look who found us at the airport! April, Jane, and Sandy together again!

Look who found us at the airport! April, Jane, and Sandy together again!

 Hiking with April.

Hiking with April.

 Sweet Creek Falls. I've passed by it so many times and never stopped. It's now my new zen place. 

Sweet Creek Falls. I've passed by it so many times and never stopped. It's now my new zen place. 

 We went up to Nelson, BC for the day. Sara, Me, Stacy, and April. Unfortunately, the wind caught Stacy's blouse. 

We went up to Nelson, BC for the day. Sara, Me, Stacy, and April. Unfortunately, the wind caught Stacy's blouse. 

 Down River Days is the big summer event in town. There are all kinds of things to do and see. From crazy lady softball, where you run the bases backward, and take a shot if you make it to second, a team lawnmower race, where the driver is blindfolded, downhill Barbie Jeep races, racing snowmobiles across the river, row boat tug-o-war, and of course a parade. 

 Our friend holding the flag in the parade, representing the border patrol. 

Our friend holding the flag in the parade, representing the border patrol. 

 The nicest car in the parade. Our friends Stan and Sara.

The nicest car in the parade. Our friends Stan and Sara.

 One of my friends invited me to join a secret club. The only rules are, you couldn't talk about it with anyone not in the club, and two members had to agree to invite new members in. No charitywork, just getting together to have a few drinks every once in a while. I was honored to be accepted into the group, but it sounded a little strange. The meeting was two days before my birthday, and I thought just maybe, it was a surprise party, but didn't want to say anything in case it was just a meeting. I'd have felt like a total loser if I was wrong. Turns out, I'm not a loser, and I have the best friends in the world! There is no secret society of drinkers. I was so happy that they all came down to the local bar and had a few drinks for my birthday. It was so much fun, that I think we need to start a real club, just not secret, that gets together once in a while to catch up. The Not So Secret Society Of Drinkers! 

 I love my friends! Alexa, Stacey, Belinda, Sara, Nicki behind the green balloon, and Sue. 

I love my friends! Alexa, Stacey, Belinda, Sara, Nicki behind the green balloon, and Sue. 

 More Society members. Alexa, Stacey, who gets all the credit for setting the whole thing up, Belinda, Stacy, Sara, Nicki, and my No Shoes Nation sister, Sally. 

More Society members. Alexa, Stacey, who gets all the credit for setting the whole thing up, Belinda, Stacy, Sara, Nicki, and my No Shoes Nation sister, Sally. 

 The property is looking better all the time. I have to give 99% of the credit to Paul, he has been working hard on it. 

 The cabin, with the property all cleaned up. 

The cabin, with the property all cleaned up. 

 It's been a year since we stopped traveling, and we are getting the itch to put the camper on the truck and head out. Stay tuned for some camping adventures coming up!