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Road Trip: Leavenworth, Part 3

Shop and sight see... check. Party at Oktoberfest... check. Explore the beautiful mountains and river... here we go! Due to the craziness of the Leavenworth Marathon, we were unable to hike Icicle River like we initially planned, but thanks to a knowledgeable employee at Leavenworth Mountain Sports, we decided to hike Penstock Trail, just a couple miles west of town.  I am SO glad we did! We actually hiked the trail twice. That's how beautiful it was. On Saturday morning, Kyle…

Road Trip: Leavenworth, Part 2

Our trip to Leavenworth wasn't just for shopping and sightseeing. The main purpose for the trip was to check out their Oktoberfest, and boy did it deliver. Talk about a big party, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of people there for opening week. There were 4-5 entertainment areas full of tables and seats and a constant rotation of musicians and other acts, all thoroughly entertaining.   I have to say the biggest let down of the whole night was the…

Road Trip: Leavenworth, Part 1

As many of you may know, Kyle, my parents and I ventured over to to the beautiful Cascades to experience, firsthand, the excitement that is the Leavenworth Oktoberfest.  I instantly fell in love with this quaint, Bavarian village. I had been to Leavenworth as a child, and then again more recently for a late-night dinner on our way home from Seattle. But I have never really been there - it was never our destination. We took I-90 over and ended…

A little cabin time

It's amazing how a little time away can make you feel recharged and give you a positive boost. In an ideal world, I would be telling you an amazing story about an awesome trip we went on over Labor Day weekend, but in actuality Kyle had to work on Saturday, I wanted to finish painting the house, and my parents needed me to feed their cat while they were out of town. Such is life. Luckily for us, we were…

Camping along the St. Joe

With fires raging in Washington and a cold front pushing the smoke west into Coeur d’Alene it was nice to get away this weekend. Our area of refuge was a beautiful run of pristine river famous for Blue Ribbon Trout and it’s rich history in logging, mining and Indian trails. I’m talking about the St. Joe River which starts near the Lolo National Forest and cuts through the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. A little research on VisitIdaho.org is enough to perk…