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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Idaho Road Trip - Wednesday

It has been a busy, active day, so I'm a little later at posting about our adventures, but here 'tis now.

Wednesday was probably our most beautiful drive so far as we went through the Bitterroot Mountains from Montana into Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and then on south to Moscow. The weather was as varied from bright, sunny 40 degree spring to a decently heavy snowfall and about 32 degrees and then back to the 40s and sunny in Coeur d'Alene.

The roads were not too slick, but I was happy to have Phil do the driving anyhow. And that way I got to admire the gorgeous mountains better.
When we got to Coeur d'Alene, we just had to go to the Brazilian Steakhouse that we'd enjoyed last year. As before, the food was excellent. We only wished Daniel and Claire could have met us there.
The waiters came around periodically with skewers of roasted, marinated, and/or barbequed meats and offered them to us. There was also a salad bar to get us started and to provide vegetables. Of course, we got some Guarana, a Brazilian soft drink that makes me think of a fruity, flowery version of ginger ale.

The view from the restaurant included Lake Coeur d'Alene and the mountains. It's a rather beautiful city, for being a city.
Of course I had to take a picture of the grilling as we went out.
The hour and a half drive from there to Moscow is very beautiful as was our driver. We could see so far away with mountains on our left and rolling hill wheat fields as well as high tree covered hills all around and under us.
Then came the best part - when we got there and got to hug Daniel and Claire! They took us to their future apartment and we gave them our wedding gifts. They've got a lot of their stuff moved in, but still had some arranging and moving in to do. It's a cozy little apartment not too far from the center of town where they both work and study.

They liked the quilt, which has a center appliqued picture of the lighthouse in Ludington at which they got engaged on a stormy night. I don't have a better picture of it here (it's on my computer at home) so you'll have to wait to see a photo or come to visit them.

Everybody had fun listening to Daniel read from their beginnings of a collection of children's books. He chose Rikki Tikki Tembo, which is a lot of fun to say.
The day ended delightfully with a good dinner with Claire's parents, brother and his fiancé, and one of Claire's close friends. We enjoyed getting to know her family and look forward to visiting more with them.

Once again, I am filled with wonder at how much God has blessed us and at how He's working things out well for the kids. He's so good to us!


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