It’s that time of year to start thinking about road trips and family travels for the coming spring and summer. There are few better places to find fun with your kids than North Idaho.
The northern panhandle of Idaho is my family’s stomping ground. Over the years, we’ve discovered a great number of cool and exciting places to take the kids. So, when people ask what there is to do around here, I always have a ready list of sights and activities that will make any family vacation a memorable one.
Ten Cool Things For Kids In North Idaho
1. World’s Longest Gondola Ride
In the town of Kellogg, you can board the longest gondola in the world for a 20 minute ride to the Mountain Haus terminal at the top of Silver Mountain, a climb of 3400 vertical feet. In the winter, you’ll find some of the best ski runs around, but in the summer you can hike the nature trails, go mountain biking, or ride the chair lifts for more scenic beauty even higher up the mountain. Continue reading
“The tranquil water-way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky–seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.”
Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was on my mind as we made our way from one attraction to another at Disneyland. Your first assumption is that the Magic Kingdom is all sweetness and light. After all, it bills itself as The Happiest Place on Earth.
But that can be misleading. Walking through the cheery front gates onto a bustling Main Street inevitably leads you toward a darker subtext of the Disneyland story. Continue reading
This is how we do cheesecake here in Idaho. Smothered with huckleberries, and really just looking too good to eat, although we get around to it after much admiring and photo-taking.
The Scouts said they needed another adult leader to go on their canoe trip last weekend.
My son couldn’t go, but that didn’t stop me.
Actually, it almost did stop me, but then I realized a few things.
Sunny, warm weather.
Quiet, peaceful canoe.
And, oh yeah, the campout would be canceled if I couldn’t go.
When you’re a dad, it’s a given that you have to inconvenience yourself for your kids.
Sometimes you have to do that for other people’s kids too.
Turned out to be an awesome weekend. I didn’t tip over once.
So, my daughter has taken up knitting. And I was the recipient of her second creation (the first was for herself).
Soon, a scarf, then a sweater, maybe some socks. I’ll never have to go clothes shopping again.
My daughter received a new camera for her birthday, to inspire her budding interest in photography. She immediately went out and snapped a few amazing photos. I think that she has an eye for a good image, such as this one of a thirsty bird contemplating a fountain of water. It was good enough for third place at the county fair this week!
Summer has to end some time. For me, it felt like it ended this past weekend with a Boy Scout camping trip on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. We also hiked 20 miles, but I’m trying to forget that part.
It was the last weekend of truly warm weather, so everybody swam and played like it was still summer.
Now we can get on with the business of fall and winter, which is all about school and indoor projects and catching up on hobbies, and dreaming of next year’s warm weather fun.
The sun was out, the air was warm, the boat was ready. It didn’t take much to get the kids out onto the lake for some bouncy fun on the water tube.
Here’s hoping for more of this early summer.