|what happens in McCall, stays in McCall ;-)|
Our daughter, Jessica and her husband, Mike were planning to visit Mike's grandparents at their home in McCall, Idaho. Dan and Cathie invited us to come out for a few days so we could visit with the kids. Also invited were Mike's mom and sister. It would be a mini family get together.
We were planning to leave Sunday, July 24 but it didn't work out that way. We were up until 2AM that night/morning trying to get the house show ready... The photographer was scheduled to arrive at 10AM.
We sent a quick email to Suzanne letting her know we were still at the house and that we wouldn't interfere with the photographer. She was super understanding and sympathetic to our situation. I'm actually glad we were here because we were able to move a few pieces of furniture which otherwise might have been obtrusive (computers and such). The photos are absolutely gorgeous. I'll be sharing them in my next post.
For now let's concentrate on our vacation to Idaho...
We finally got on the road Monday night around 5PM. We were wanting to stop along the way somewhere to spend the night. We thought perhaps a place in Winnemuca, NV would work. If we had stayed there it would mean a long-a$$ drive the next day. We were ready to drive further but there really is NOTHING between Winnemuca and Boise. We'd been in communication with the kids (they were already with Dan and Cathie) on our progress. We were more than happy to accept an invitation to spend the night at Dan and Cathie's condo in Boise!! Yippee, no hunting for a hotel :-) We got there sometime between 2 and 3AM. After sleeping comfortably it was time to hit the road again.
We arrived in beautiful McCall, ID just as it was time to go to the boat rental office. Talk about perfect timing! A quick unloading of suitcases and a change of clothes and we were at the dock.
|our ride for the afternoon|
We had the boat for 4 hours. Most of the time was spent puttering about. We did have some beach time for lunch, some time for deep water swimming and of course some time for laying in the sun.
|Payette Lake goes from beach to woods in a matter of feet|
|the gang enjoys frolicking in the water|
|four brave souls take up deep water swimming|
|can you see me now??|
|Jessica and Heather soaking up the afternoon sunshine|
Wednesday started as a lazy day for us. We had the pleasure of staying in the above garage guest apartment. Cathie is the designer of the entire house. The first building completed was the garage and upstairs apartment. It's similar to a studio apartment but so much better! We were still a bit weary from our long drive the two days before and we really didn't want to get moving but there was fun to be had...
Fun in the back country of Idaho, where you can shoot rifles and pistols without anyone asking why :-) Here's a little info about me that you may not know. My mom is a retired San Jose, California police officer. She was one tough cop too. Her duty was to patrol the crime ridden streets of San Jose. She was solo most of the time and I'm sure she could tell stories that would frighten most people. She keeps most of the horror stories to herself though. Growing up as a child of a police officer I have the utmost respect for fire arms of any kind. I have never held or shot a gun. That is until this trip to McCall, ID.
Dan borrowed a clay skeet thrower and a few guns too. Of course, some of the ones we shot belong to family too. Cathie brought a gun that belonged to her grandfather, a double barrel shotgun from 1912. Mike said it had quite the kick.
|L-R: Cathie, Jessica, Dan, Mike & Ron|
|Ron gets into position|
|Jessica was the winner shooting the most targets :-)|
|look closely and you can see target fragments|
|Jessica and Mike take turns|
|I may be a newbie at this, but I hit a couple too :-)|
|yep, first time holding, let alone shooting a pistol for me...|
|it's always a good time when we can visit with one of our kiddos!|
|real men wash dishes!|
|they call it a marsh, I call it serene|
|as he gets a photo of me...|
|I get a photo of Mike|
|the trees are so big and it smells wonderful too|
|looks like the looney bin is missing a few faces...|
When we reach the marsh we're all feeling a bit goofy. It's hard to believe Ron and I have to go home today. We've had a great mini vacation. Next time we'll have to stay longer!!
|A most sincere Thank You to our wonderful hosts: Cathie and Dan|