Ernest Hemingway changed my life

As I sit here writing this blog in my office (don’t tell my boss), I marvel at how something so simple as reading a book can change the course of your entire life. In a classroom about 150 yards from where I sit, I was asked to read Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls….

Silver Creek Nature Preserve

While looking for things to do on our drive to Ketchum, Idaho, for a recent camping trip I stumbled upon the Silver Creek Nature Preserve. The 1,300-acre preserve was created in the 1970s at the behest of Jack Hemingway, Ernest’s son. At the time, Jack was the commissioner for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission…

Gardening in Idaho

Can you believe it has been nearly a year since I last blogged about our garden? A lot has changed in the past year. The biggest change is that we are no longer growing food in Western Washington. Since our move to Southwest Idaho, we have been learning all about growing food in the high…

There is just something about that view

Add the Sawtooth Mountains to the list of views I’ll never forget. There is something magical about driving on a road and suddenly you get a stellar view. It can be of mountains or a skyline or water or a big valley. On a recent camping trip near Stanley, Idaho, we were rocking along Highway…

Alturas Lake Inlet camping trip

On one hand, we had to cut our recent camping trip in half because we weren’t properly prepared. So, it might seem as though it was a waste of a weekend. On the other hand, the country was so beautiful that it didn’t matter to us that we essentially drove 6.5 hours round trip just…

Historic Boise Depot

One of my favorite things about Boise is the Capitol building located in the heart of downtown. Even though it is starting to get hidden a bit as Boise becomes a real city and grows up as much as out, when you catch glimpses of the building it is stunning. On a recent Sunday afternoon,…