A Beautiful Place To Live

June 28, 2014 at 1:01 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

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I live in one of the most beautiful States.

People refer to North Idaho as a hidden gem. We are surrounded by lakes, the best fishing, recreational boating,  hiking trails and summer festivals. There is so much to do in the many small towns in the surrounding areas. Farmer’s markets, concerts in the park, old car shows, fishing derby’s just to name a few. 

I find my friend’s comments amusing when I tell them I am doing a staycation this summer. I am asked ‘why are you staying here and not flying somewhere to get away?’  One look at the area, and you will see why go anywhere else. Family reunions, graduations, a family wedding are good excuses to leave for a few days. I can understand not wanting to anger your son or daughter getting married in another state. 

I have heard Coeur d’ Alene was voted the one of the best places to retire in Sunset magazine. We have a slower pace of life here, it is nice to go to the bank and be called by name, all the grocery stores know you and even help take your groceries to the car for you if you are unable. That is small town service. The tire store will come pick  you up and drop you back off at home to work on the car. Our small town has grown from 3,000 people to just under 27,000 more people and we still have been able to maintain the still small town feeling. 

I like to take a drive on my days off from work. One of my favorites is in Hayden Lake. Not only are you surrounded by a beautiful forest, you often see deer along the road. they are not afraid of humans. as you are driving along one of the winding streets, a deer will leisurely stroll across the street in front of you while home owners are busy working on the yard. If you ever get close to a deer, you see how beautiful these animals are( I am not talking about hunting season right this moment, I am describing watching them eat in peace) I know many hunters like them in the fall. It is treated to be able to see them in the wild and bring the babies out to eat. On a drive, you may see wild turkeys eating in someones front yard, Quail walking across the road calling to the babies to hurry up and get across. 

Every year,Idaho hosts the Blooms day race, The Iron Man competition is this weekend.  Athletes begin the day with a two- loop 2.4, swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene and the day ends with a challenging two-loop 24 mile bike ride. Another challenging event going on this weekend is Hoopfest. It has been called the biggest 3-on 3 basketball tournament on Earth with a quarter million spectators and players. There will be over seven thousand players this year. Wow. 

Yes, I live in a beautiful hidden gem called North Idaho. This was the perfect place to raise a family. I see so many families going for an evening bike ride or an older couple hand in hand walking one of the many neighborhoods. Kids walking (more like being drug by an overly excited ) dog bigger than they are.summer time is the time for the annual lemonade stands, running through the sprinklers in the front yard, shooting hoops, playing catch, hopscotch, playing in the lake, and of course, the July 4th fireworks at the lake. I like to call myself a tourist in my town because as you explore your town, you discover so much more to see and do than you thought. Quaint shops to explore, good food and great friends meeting to take in the sights. Go and be a tourist in your own town and take in the many old car shows and great music the night has to offer. it is shaping up to be a great summer indeed.



  1. Shirley McCracken said,

    Wow! I have visited your home town years ago and it truly is a magical place. I am fortune to live near Knoxville, Tennessee in the foot hills of the Smoky Mts. and near several lakes. We have traveled and toured extensively, but have decided there is no place like home. We have 50 beautiful acres, horses, a pool– why go any where else. Shirley McCracken author of The Breastplate


  2. drterrysegal said,

    Thank you for visiting my Enchanted Blog. Please post your comments, if you like, about the wonderful summer things to do in your enchanting state! I completely understand why you wouldn’t want to leave. Enjoy!


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