Coeur d’Alene, ID

From September 21st thru September 25th we stayed in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, immediately falling in love with this beautiful state.  Those of you who have been here before will recognize pictures of The Coeur d’Alene Resort, known for having the world’s largest floating dock and its famous floating green on the golf course.  Not golfers -yet-, we didn’t experience the 7-minute boat ride to the 14th hole, but we did view it from the bike trail.  (Almost as cool, right?)  There is plenty to do in town (eat, drink, shop), and the folks here are so darned nice.  We actually spent a few days wandering through the various neighborhoods thinking we just may be back here more permanently one day.

While in Coeur d’Alene, we took a day trip up to Sandpoint with the bikes.  On a trail full of spiderwebs, we rode for about 3 miles each way, looking out at Lake Pend Oreille.

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Issaquah, WA

On September 15th, Johan, Nik and I arrived at Todd and Katie Ringwood’s in Issaquah (aka Circlewood Ranch).  We parked for the week on their lawn right in front of the infamous barn where all of the bourbon drinking is done.  Johan had been looking forward to this part of the trip for some time; Todd had planned a timely meeting at his house where a mini/surprise-reunion occurred with some of Johan’s friends from Aon. We spent the first two nights hanging with Todd, Katie, their boys Will and Morgan, and Nik before taking Nik to the airport to say a teary goodbye as he heads off to England for his first semester of college.  We miss you so much, Nik!  We checked out Snoqualmie Falls with the new camera (so much better than what we were using) and headed home when the rain came.  The following day was the meeting (um, party).  On the last day we all snuggled on the couch at Circlewood Ranch and watched a well deserved AGT win by Darci Lynne.  Hard to believe a week passed so quickly and we can’t wait for our next visit with the Ringwoods.  Love you guys!