September 6, 2012
We slept in this morning and not in any rush to get moving. We had our coffee and decided to start eating healthy, so we had banana and apple for breakfast. Thank God we only bought two of each. After breakfast we set out on a hike. The hike starts out at the Delta Lodge with some great views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. The mountains did get snow while we were getting rain at the lower elevations. This made for some spectacular sights with the low clouds and the snow on the mountain peaks. The trail quickly transitions from the open vistas to cross country ski trails that wind through the mountains. We came across some deer grazing along the trail and they had no problem posing for pictures. We did a few miles and then did lunch at the lodge. Thanks goodness, some real food, lamb burger and fries, so much for the healthy stuff. After lunch we decide to play some tennis. They had six hard courts that were in great shape. We batted the ball around until our knees couldn’t take it any longer then headed back to the room. After showers and some I pad and I phone stuff, you guessed it, it was wine time. Off to our favorite lounge and favorite bartender for cocktails. He knows us by now and he had us sample a couple of drinks he has been working on. I might have to try one of them out on the Sunday Tennis group. We had dinner at the bar, back to the healthy stuff again, Caesar salad with steak. Ok, somewhat healthy. We watched some US Open Tennis, said our good buys to our new friends and off to bed.
September 7, 201
We left early this morning with the temps in the low thirties. The car wasn’t happy again and the seat warmers were cranked up on high. It was a long drive to our new destination, Blanchard Idaho. The resort is kind of dated but comfortable. They have a golf course, tennis courts and what looks like some interesting activities in the area. We will be here for a few days before heading to Steamboat Spring Colorado. We are checked in and finally had a home cooked meal. Not sure what’s on the agenda for tomorrow, we will just have to wait and see.
September 8, 2012
We slept in this morning and had a leisurely breakfast in the condo. Hey, it was just bagels but we toasted them ourselves. After breakfast we did a tour of the facilities and decided to play some tennis. They have 3 hard courts that are also set up for pickle ball. The activities director said pickle ball was a big deal in the community. We played some singles tennis and I believe it ended in a draw. I’m tuning up for my big continuing match against Dawson, when we get back to Florida. After lunch we did some kayaking on one of the small lakes near the condo. It wasn’t the greatest and the lake was in tough shape. They are having big problems with the same disease that is plaguing the UP and many of the lakes out west. After the kayaking we headed to Spirit Lake to pick up supplies. We took a small detour to check out the town and ended up at the White Horse Saloon, for a cold one. As luck would have it, the street was blocked off for a wedding. How can you leave with a wedding going on? The wedding party showed up at the bar for pre-wedding cocktails. Some great people, some from out of town in Seattle and some form Spirit Lake where the bride’s parents reside. On a side note, both the bride and groom have the same last name, Fox. If this was Kentucky I could understand but Idaho! Keep reading it gets better. The wedding starts with bag pipes and drums and then marching bands. Hold on, it gets even better. The groom comes down the street on a camel. I did have three beers but I have pictures to prove my point. You can’t make this stuff up! What are the chances? Anyway, if I was reading this blog, I would be saying, these guys drink too much but I do have the pictures. Back at the condo and wondering what tomorrow will bring. I'm not sure if we can top today!