Wednesday, June 30, 2010
My stomach is still not my best friend, but so much stress has been lifted from my life this past week, that I really can't complain. Every thing has been sorted out with our medical bills, the car accident from February, and I have been easing back into my workouts.
I can't wait to see what July holds in store for us. Two trips have been planned, not to mention a couple of fun holidays are just around the corner. See ya June, I'm ready to welcome July with open arms.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It was still drizzling rain, and there wasn't much to do while we waited for the meats. So I did one last loop around the fairgrounds to snap some pictures. I was amazed even though the sky was cloudy and gray, I still found quite a few colors.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The fair had a ton of vendors, food, music, and stuff to do. I even treated myself to a sno-kone while I was out exploring.
One of my favorite things about BBQ competitions is the people watching. It's never a dull moment when you are surrounded by people who have been drinking since 7 a.m. the day before.
That night the team made every one a really yummy dinner. We ate, chatted, and just relaxed.
Then every one left, and the real cooking started. And so did a major thunder and lightening storm. They started prepping their meats around midnight. So I hung around for a while and watched the fun. And got a couple cool shots of the rain.
Then I got tired, and Bob took me back to the hotel so I could sleep while the team stayed up late into the night tending to the meat. This competition stuff is pretty serious. But let me just tell you, it's worth it. The next day I experienced the most amazing food. More on competition day tomorrow.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I had never been to northern Idaho before, and every time I told someone we were going to Coeur d' Alene, they couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. My response was always something like "Really? In Idaho?" Let me just tell you that Southern Idaho, and Northern Idaho are as different as two different states. Don't get me wrong southern Idaho is pretty. But Northern Idaho is gorgeous. Gorgeous. I can see why so much of Bob's family lives there.
That night, a few of us decided to go into the city and see the car show that was going on.
Then Bob's brother Jeff, took us around this enormous hotel that's right on the lake. It had a boardwalk that went all the way around.
The views were stunning. I kept stopping every two minutes to take pictures. These were a couple of my favorites.
To end the night, we went to the hotel's swanky restaurant and ordered this..
The gooey. It had huckleberry and vanilla ice cream, fresh huckleberries and strawberries, a gooey strawberry sauce, and topped with whip cream. It was so tasty, and was as big as my head. There were four of us eating it, and there was still some left over.
And thus started the love affair with food on this trip. Oh the food. More on that Monday. Including the first day at the competition. This trip was so fun, and so relaxing. Have I mentioned I love Coeur d' Alene?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
And let's not forget the jail. They also had a gallows. It's really cool to see how differently people lived back then.
It was all very interesting, and the town is set right next to beautiful rolling hills and a stream. Such pretty scenery on our trip.