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Escape to the Sawtooths and Redfish Lake

After record-breaking heat, a trip to Redfish Lake was just what we needed. This post is brought to you in partnership with Merrick Pet Care. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It's amazing how some things work out when you don't make any plans. As a self-described type-A, I like plans. Knowing where I'm going to be and when, for how long, etc., is important. Without these plans I can turn into a complete basket case, but often that's where…

Wild River

Rafting the Salmon River - Riggins, ID Nestled along the Salmon River in the canyons of central Idaho is the town of Riggins. With a population of just over 400, it can be easy to miss unless you need a place to stop off for gas or grab a bite to eat. I've passed through this tiny town many, many times over the years and never once made it a stopping point or final destination. It's best known as a…

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…