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We love our knees because... they keep We love our knees because... they keep us on our feet. One of our favorite things to do

us on our feet. One of our favorite things to do together is golf. Harry and I have been together together is golf. Harry and I have been together almost 30 years and golf partners most of that almost 30 years and golf partners most of that time. We’ve walked a lot of courses together. time. We’ve walked a lot of courses together. Our big setback was... when our knees Our big setback was... when our knees wore out. We both had total knee replacements wore out. We both had total knee replacements about a month apart. Recovery was surprisingly about a month apart. Recovery was surprisingly quick. I was out walking normally within a quick. I was out walking normally within a week. People couldn’t tell I had a full knee week. People couldn’t tell I had a full knee replacement. replacement. Today, we are... back on the course. Harry Today, we are... back on the course. Harry and I love it, though he’s much more serious and I love it, though he’s much more serious about golf than I am. I just love being outdoors, about golf than I am. I just love being outdoors, playing a few rounds and having fun with my guy. playing a few rounds and having fun with my guy.

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Home. The word has many definitions and generates a multitude of emotional responses. Webster’s defines ‘Home’ as the place where one lives or was born and raised. Although I was not born in Coeur d’Alene, I have, at times, been raised here. It hasn’t seemed to matter where I go, or for how long, my path has always brought Toby Reynolds me back to this place. My definition of Home, then, is the place you come back to. Coeur d’Alene is that kind of Home. And it’s no wonder; after a timid winter, this town is calling: Bring on soccer. Bring on softball. Hike the mountains. Fish the rivers and lakes. Climb the rocks. Bike the trails. Get outside. Become part of the community. Run, walk, swim, dive, and love life. Coeur d’Alene is a great place to call Home.

In this issue of Nspire Magazine we take you sailing, and take a beginner mountain bike ride. We introduce you to a few rock climbers, and visit a dude ranch. Benjamin Powell guides you on a photo journey, featuring a collection of his favorite waterfalls, and Denise Lundy hikes you up to Heart Lake for a salmon dinner and a glass of wine. We visit Honduras, hit the dance floor, and get to know a phenomenal local musician. And there’s more. It’s Coeur d’Alene. It’s North Idaho. It’s gorgeous. Come enjoy it with us.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Colomba Zavala-Aguilar, Mary Bacon, Meegan Corcoran, Katie Fitzgerald, Denise Lundy, Andrea Nagel, Michael Koep, Tyler Wilson

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: Larry Conboy, Kevin Hochstetier, David Ronalds

MODELS: Moutain Bikers: Mason Grove, Jay Ivins, Jaxon Suttlemyer, Whitley Borely Rock Climbers: Jade Stevens, Shannon and Chris Celentano Fly Fishing: Ryan Webster

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IN THIS ISSUE CALENDAR OF FUN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 RECIPES FROM TOP CHEFS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16




BEAUTY AND FORCE COLLIDE . . . . . . . . 24 A DAY ON THE RANCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 FINDING THE PERFECT LINE . . . . . . . . . . . 36 SURVIVING MOUNTAIN BIKING . . . . . . . . 42 GROW YOUR OWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 HEALTHY CHOCOLATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 NAMASTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 LUCAS UNPLUGGED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 AN ART FILLED LIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 HOMEOWNERS GET INVOLVED . . . . . . . . 62 BLANCHED OUT KITCHENS . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 FUN-ER HOMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 THE BEST TWO DAYS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 HIKE TO HEART LAKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 LEARNING TO FLY (FISH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 BALLROOM ROMANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 LABOR OF LOVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 EPICURIAN HOT SPOTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

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 2nd Fridays Apr. - Dec. Stroll through

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beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene galleries and shops to enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. 5-8pm artsincda.org

Coeur d’Alene’s big classic car show and cruise. Hundreds of classics from across the country compete for awards and onlookers. cdadowntown.com

Farmers Market Wednesdays

Hoopla in the Park

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Jun. 27 Coeur d’Alene’s new

family event at McEuen Park! Enjoy food, music, games, and attractions. 10-5 pm hooplainthepark.com

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Jun. 28 Watch or compete in this

4th of July Festival & Heroes Parade

All we can say is WOW, and, that once you’ve been you’ll go again.

Singing in the Rain

Jul. 9-26 Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre never disappoints. Shows are inside the Kroc Center Performing Arts Center. cdasummertheatre.com


July. 10-11 & Aug. 14-15 North

A line up of live bands play outdoors in the park at 6th and Sherman. It’s family friendly with beer and spirits served. liveafter5.events

international competitive event to see who can swim, bike and run this grueling yet beautiful ironman course.

Idaho Fair Grounds hosts this fast paced motocross race by Motion Sports. northidahofair.com

Northern Quest Summer Concerts

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Post Falls Festival

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Thursday is a summer concert at beautiful Riverstone Park in Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy a free concert from a variety of the best local performers. 

Jul. 10-12 Community festival held at Q’emiln Park in the city of Post Falls. The event is located at the city’s largest park located on the Spokane River.


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Summer Theatre never Montgomery Gentry disappoints. Shows are inside the Krocfamily Center Performing Concert Arts Center. 

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Rock of Ages

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Spokane Symphony orchestra Grand finale with wine Tasting!



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Salad Niçoise FLEUR DE SEL CHEF LAURENT ZIROTTI Growing up in France, Chef Laurent was highly influenced by the cooking of his French mother and Italian grandmother. He chose this French classic because, after a long winter in North Idaho, “the spring and summer seasons make all of us want to come out of the house, and cook and eat on the patio.” SALAD NIÇOISE (NEE-SOAH-ZEH)

»» 4 tuna steaks (6 oz ea) »» ½ lb French trimmed green beans »» 4 small red bliss potatoes »» 1 dozen grape tomatoes »» 1 red bell pepper »» 4 oz baby mixed greens »» ½ cup pitted Pichouline or Kalamata olives »» 2 organic or farm fresh eggs »» 4 anchovie fillets »» 1 lemon »» ½ cup extra virgin olive oil »» Salt and pepper to taste »» Fleur de Sel for finishing Mix vinaigrette in a salad bowl the prepared ingredients - green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, olives, bell peppers - season with dressing, and toss well. Divide into four plates equally. Dress the tuna strips around the salad. Garnish the top of the salad with half of the hardboiled egg and a rolled anchovy fillet. Squeeze some of the dressing on the tuna and plate. Finish with a sprinkle of Fleur de Sel. Bon appétit.

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Traditional Brazilian Fish Stew


Chef Adriano comes to us from Curitiba, Brazil, where as a boy he learned from his mother to cook coxinhas (deep fried dumplings) and sfihas (Brazilian type empanadas) for income. His passion for cooking stems from a deep desire to share his culture with those around him. He chose to share this recipe because it is an authentic Brazilian dish that has become a local favorite. BRAZILIAN FISH STEW: »» 2 lbs cod fillet, deboned »» 1 ea green bell pepper, sliced »» 1 ea red bell pepper, sliced »» 1 ea tomato, sliced »» 1 ea onion, sliced »» 2 cups coconut milk »» ½ cup olive oil »» 1 cup tomato sauce »» 1 cup lime juice »» 1 bunch fresh parsley, minced »» 1 tsp dried basil »» 1 pinch of salt »» 1 pinch black pepper »» 2 cloves garlic, minced

Marinate the fish in lime juice (2030min). Combine in pot: onion, red, green, and yellow bell peppers, and tomato. Layer fish (drained of the lime juice) over the veggies. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over fish. Cover & cook on medium heat/ simmering until thick broth consistency (30min-60min. No need to add water or stir while cooking). This is a traditional dish from the North/Northwest of Brazil. Usually, this dish is served with white rice and green salad. a complete copy of this 18 Download NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Chef Raci Erdem has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1992, and opened The White House Grill in 1996. He jokes, and says he’s a “self-taught chef wanna-be.” He chose this recipe because “it’s BBQ season, and the recipe is fun and easy.” MARINATE FOR BEEF »» 1/4 cup canola oil »» 1 tsp minced garlic »» Juice of 1 whole lemon »» 2 tsp greek oregano »» 3 tsp balsamic vinaigrette

Mix together and then add beef. Refrigerate for 3 hours. PASTA »» Cook 1 lb of linguini or spaghetti (just follow instructions, and if you would like, you can cook in advance and chill for later) »» 3 tsp dried basil »» 3 tsp minced garlic »» 1/2 cup crumbled feta, greek yogurt (optional).

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Red Curry infused Coconut with steamed clams UGLY FISH ASIAN BISTRO CHEF BIN SUN

A graduate of Culinary School in China, Chef Bin Sun has happily been cooking authentic Asian cuisine in both China and the US for 25 years. His American career took him to California, Liberty Lake, WA. - where he opened Ding How restaurant - and finally to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. RED CURRY COCONUT INFUSED STEAMED CLAMS: »» 16 oz baby clams »» 1 1/2 oz butter »» 1 tsp sliced fresh ginger »» 1/2 tsp minced garlic »» 2 tbsp Filtered sake (can be white wine) »» 1 tsp Red Curry Paste »» 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar »» 1/4 cup Coconut Milk »» 2 leaves of Kaffir Lime Leaf sliced »» 1/2 tsp Fish Sauce »» Fresh Cilantro

Cooking time: 8 to 10 min Heat a pan on medium heat. Melt butter and add ginger, garlic, and red curry paste. Stir together. Throw the clams into the pan. Add sake, and shake the pan to cook all the clams evenly, cover the pan with a lid, and cook. After the sauce is reduced to half, add sugar, coconut milk, and fish sauce. Cook until all the clams are open. (shake the pan occasionally to move clams. This way, all the clams will be cooked). Serve in a bowl, and garnish with chopped cilantro.

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There is a marker after taking the Kingston exit off I-90 that is better than all the others. It isn’t a mile marker, per se; it isn’t even visible to the naked eye. I couldn’t tell you exactly where it is, but my cell phone never misses it. I travel by this spot occasionally, and

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realize this marker may not be the same for everyone. For some, this marker may live at the edge of their driveway or at their final destination. For some it may be an action, like clocking out of the office on a Friday afternoon. For me, on this particularly sunny day in March, as we drove about a mile-and-a-half past the Kingston exit, it marked the beginning of another adventure. The day felt more like late May than mid-March. Not a cloud in the sky, the sun shone through the trees creating steam that rose from the damp road in front of us, dancing in the slight breeze. I rolled down my window, the spring air breaking up the solar heat that warmed the inside of our car. As we traveled up the road, I went through my mental checklist one final time—not that it would help at this point. Snacks, water, camera, hiking boots, and sweatshirt were all accounted for. Moving my pack aside, I removed each of my flip-flops and began prepping for our hike ahead. Unfolding my white athletic socks, I glanced occasionally at the map I’d printed at home, making sure we didn’t miss our next turn. I reached for my hiking boots in the back seat and began loosening the laces. I don’t know if my boots are not properly broken in, or if all hiking boots are this laborious to don, but each time is a struggle. I frequently end up in a light sweat as I simultaneously pull on the boots with my hands, and push my foot with as much body weight as I can muster. Pushing my foot against the dash of the car, I grunt and wiggle my foot around, hoping it will help. With one final push, my foot pops into the boot;

I tighten the laces, making sure that each is double knotted. By the time my battle of the boots had ended, we’d made the turn that would take us a few miles up a dirt road, leading away from the river and into the heavily forested hillside. Several tree limbs from the surrounding pines covered the road, leftover from the winter. As we climbed higher, the trees opened up to display a vast valley of pines lit by the early afternoon sun. Reaching our destination, we stopped the car and emerged into the light, admiring the valley and hillside spread before us. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath of the unspoiled mountain air, then turned to see Kyle appreciating the view, as well. “Beautiful” I said. Kyle said nothing. I could see the depth of the valley in the reflection of his sunglasses.

Miles away from city limits, the air seemed fresh and new filtered and reborn by the trees and plants. The sun instantly broke any slight chill as it warmed my dark hair, creating a thermal blanket over my head and shoulders. Small buds were forming on the black cottonwood trees scattered throughout the firs, pines

and hemlocks. I’ve always found it hard to look up or ahead anytime I’m on a trail. The unsteady rocks and roots, perforating through the dirt, steal my attention; my gaze almost always fixates on the ground directly in front of me to avoid an unwanted stumble. As gravel from the old road crunched under our boots on our way to the trailhead, I couldn’t help but notice the earth was alive with the bustling of ants and centipedes scurrying under our feet, evidence of a mild winter. As I watched stone-by-stone pass beneath me, the sound of moving water grabbed my attention. I redirected my gaze to find a creek cavorting along the trail, dancing around the trees and rocks in its path. The water was perfectly clear, allowing the rainbow of river rock to sparkle along the bed. Kneeling down, I dipped my hand into the water to enjoy the bite of the chilly spring runoff. I looked around at my surroundings; giant granite deposits marked the mountainside with cliffs and massive boulders. Moss and ferns sprouted in the cracks and crevices like vertical gardens lining the trail. Running my hand along the coarse rock wall, the thick green moss felt damp and springy. Tiny white flowers poked their faces out, reaching for some sunlight beyond their protected crevasses. Along the creek, many of the ferns were just waking up from the short winter. Among older plants already established and thriving, those new sprouts, only partially uncurled, awaited longer days before they would fully fill their space. We didn’t talk much as we walked with our packs along the creek, our little trail leading us SUMMER/FALL 2015 27

deeper into the woods. I used this quiet time to think; I thought about life, family, friends, and work. I spent time appreciating my surroundings and, although I may have seemed misplaced to the observer with my camera, phone-with-no-service and fancy hiking boots, I could not help but feel a sense of belonging. It is only once I removed myself from the excess of things and people that real life came to light.

I was no longer expected to look a certain way, behave according to awkward social norms, feign “liking” photos on Facebook, or plan my week according to someone else’s schedule. Instead, I was with one of the few people that holds no judgment toward me, walking in the woods with the sole purpose of just existing. Life is simpler with no cell service.



Shaking me from my Thoreauvian moment, the physicality of the trail hit me in the form of a large root and

an instantly throbbing toe. I focused my attention back to the trail in order to prevent any future tripping. Having hiked moderately over the past couple years, I recognized a new strength in my legs that wasn’t there before. Beyond that newfound strength, I noticed many things had improved since taking up hiking and running. My clothing choices were smarter, having ditched my old cotton t-shirts for moisture-wicking layers, and trading my lightweight tennis shoes for strong, supportive hiking boots. I adjusted my pack and stretched my neck a bit, again letting my mind wander, as I looked straight up to see some light clouds pass overhead. My backpack is small, designed to carry only my camera, a couple lenses and a water bottle. I had been reading a lot about thru-hiking, about people going on long journeys carrying everything they’d need for months in their pack. Some of these packs weigh well over 50 pounds – putting my 5-10 pound day hike pack into perspective. Feeling grateful for my light load, I again looked around to take note of where we were. In the distance, I spotted a small bridge crossing what appears to be another, smaller creek joining the one we had been following. Within feet of the bridge, a misty chill filled the otherwise warm air and the familiar roar of waterfalls slowly took over. The bridge was damp with the waterfall’s mist. Small pockets of moss clung to the joints of the railings and trusses. The falls themselves were small, but not underwhelming. The water cascaded in a delicate veil, landing softly on the rock bed below before picking up speed and joining the creek. Kyle hiked down to a closer


vantage point. He turned and yelled back to me, his voice drowned by the noise of the falls. “I can’t hear you!” I shouted, not knowing if I was at all audible. He motioned for me to join him. I admire his adventurous spirit. I’d like to think we’re the yin and yang of exploration. I have a healthy respect for rules, and tend to err on the side of caution. Kyle lives for an adrenaline rush and is willing to bend the rules if he deems the reward worthy of the risk. Somewhere in between we find balance – I’m pushed to try new things and he has to minimize the number of risky situations we end up in. So, I carefully picked my way down toward the falls. Finding a suitable rock, I stood and watched droplets of mist collect on my arms for a few seconds before retrieving my camera from my backpack. Adjusting my exposure, I knelt down to snap a few photos of the falls before climbing back up to the bridge. Kyle continued to explore the fairytale-like grove surrounding the waterfall, slipping here and there as he navigated through the creek. He walked behind the falls and, as I imagined how wet he must be from the splashes and mist, a chill ran up my spine remembering how cold the creek felt earlier. When he’d finished exploring, he came back to the bridge and hopped back over the railing with a slight bounce in his landing, and a cheeky grin. “Ready to head back?” he asked, taking my hand in his. The late afternoon light flickered through the trees and danced on his face.


My stomach growled, longing for food. “Yeah, I’m ready for a meal,” I said. The hike back passed quickly, my mind empty and tired. The sights

seemed less notable the second time around; the creek, ferns and boulders fast-forwarded by. My attention shifted to the car, no longer the journey. The sun barely peeked above the hills by the time we reached the car, painting the valley and the hills with a beautiful golden light. I closed my eyes to soak in its warmth one more time before leaving for home. Kyle wrapped his arms around me, his embrace warmer than the rays that were slowly retreating to the west. Again, I was consumed by a sense of belonging. As we drove back down the dirt road, I rolled down my window, allowing the cool evening air to fill the car. Driving along the river, about two miles away from the onramp heading west back to Coeur d’Alene,

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hen I think of ranching and horses, I think of my Dad. The conversations we shared, dreaming of a ranch of our own, were some of my favorite times; he taught me about horses and cattle. Although we were never able to make those dreams a reality together, they are some of my fondest boyhood memories, and some desire for the lifestyle remains in my blood today. I find myself dreaming, again, any time I’m driving south on Highway 95 passed Potlatch, where I can see my grandfather’s old ranch house. I also think about those days when I catch the scent of horses, or wander through the barns at the Kootenai County Fair. Although I’ve accepted that I’ll never have a ranch of my own, I’m glad to know there are other ways to realize those dreams, if only for a short time. When Janice Schoonover invites


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the It seems she will accompany us on our day’s adventures. Soon we’re in the barn for more introductions; we meet the Schoonover’s son, Isaac, and his young wife Libby, both offering that honest country hospitality. Then, we’re introduced to our new horse companions. Isaac briefs us on proper horse etiquette and commands, checks straps and stirrup length, and sends us into the corral to get used to riding. I admit, my heart is in my throat, though I try not to show it. It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve been on a horse, and although my dad is quite the horseman, I’ve never ridden with him, and he’s never had the opportunity to teach me. Ben, however, having spent some time around horses in his younger days, seems to slip comfortably back into old habits. At




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Ranch, it’s not all play; the work we’re asked to do serves a purpose, it’s not just about fun, though it’s certainly fun to do. Today, our job is to bring in the cattle, separate the bull from the herd, and return the herd to the pasture. The cattle are well mannered, which makes our job easier. Of course, Isaac and Libby do the real work, we’re just along for the experience. There are certainly some entertaining moments, and a few laughs at my expense when my steed takes some unexpected liberties, causing my reaction to be one Ben wishes he had caught with his camera. Even Janice laughs out loud - I’m happy she’s that comfortable with us - though she tells me I handled the situation well. “I’m not going to tell you what Ben said,” she teases, and we all laugh some more, this time at his expense. After we bring the herd back to the lower pasture, Isaac and Libby take us on a short trail ride. I find

myself relaxing a bit more the longer I’m in the saddle; I could use a few more days of this. We’re able to have a more casual conversation now, and I ask Isaac why he stays to work the ranch. He chuckles as if to say, “Look around. Isn’t it obvious?” And it is, but when it comes down to it, Isaac makes it clear that he’s not here because he has to be. He wants to be here; It’s the life he’s chosen, at least for now. There’s a saying I’ve heard from another ranching family - “If you’re lucky enough to live on a ranch…” (Nspire Mag, Winter/ Spring 2015). When we finally meet Roley Schoonover, he takes us skeet shooting. Just the idea of holding a shotgun instead of reins calms my nerves, though shooting skeet will be another first. It’s here, standing on an old overgrown dirt road, looking down over the pastures and streams, gazing across at the mountains, where I come to a realization: Until now, I’ve been all business, worrying about the story instead of truly enjoying the moments. The thing that brings me back is deciding to sit on the ground, and lay back against the hillside. It’s that connection to the physical environment, to nature, that awakens my truer self; I take a deep breath and finally relax. Janice, Isaac and Libby join us after a while. Once again, it’s all

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night. Janice drives us down to the pasture where they’ll be running in. Ben sets up to shoot some photos. I stand in the open field and watch. Isaac takes the lead, stretching out over his mount in a full gallop. When the others come rushing through, it’s like a summer storm, these amazingly powerful creatures, without bridals or saddles now, pass like thunder. It’s almost frightening, and my heart races just a bit as if, perhaps, I were running with them, and I have to keep myself from joining them. N

As the sun descends below the tree line, and then the horizon, we sit around an open fire and enjoy what I may forever remember as the finest steak dinner of my life. I just can’t seem to convince myself that life is this good anywhere else, and I wish my Dad were here to enjoy it with me.

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ou will rarely walk into a fitness club these days and not find at least an out-of-the-way corner designated for rock climbing. You’ll find climbing walls on playgrounds, at carnivals and fairs, and outside your United States Military recruiting office. There are entire gyms, enormous indoor facilities, dedicated to climbing. If you think about it, you’ve probably run into groups of outdoor climbers while you were on a short hike around Tubbs Hill or at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. Now, there are a number of reasons for this, of course—increasing physical health, problem solving, tactile sensitivity and special awareness, teamwork and trust. The list goes on - but mostly it comes down to one thing: rock climbing is fun. If you’ve ever thought you might like to try climbing, but felt it may be too difficult or frightening, chances are that at least one of the many different types of rock climbing is bound to fit your fancy. One of the great bonuses to climbing is that there’s always a climb at your level,

whether you’re a 4-year-old beginner, a 30-year-old expert or an 80-year-old thrill seeker who just can’t stop trying new stuff. If you like the looks of the high, complicated climbs, but want to feel a sense of security, try Top Roping. For a bit more freedom, with a bit more experience, you might like Lead Climbing or even Free Soloing. And if heights aren’t your thing, remember that you only have to climb as high as you are comfortable. And, of course, if ropes are not your thing, check out Bouldering. Some of the toughest routes in climbing are boulder routes, and with a crash pad under you, you can climb alone and you won’t break anything if you fall. It’s a common saying that there are only two guarantees in life (death and taxes), but here’s another one to add to your list: there will always be a community of supportive climbers out there to cheer you on, give you advice, and support your new favorite hobby. You’ve just got to get out there and find them, and if you start climbing, that won’t take very long. SUMMER/FALL 2015 37


hannon Celentano is halfway up a route on Post Wall at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. How she made it that high in the first place is a reasonable question to a non-climber, even one that just watched her do it in a matter of seconds. Celentano stops to catch her breath, and to make sure her next foothold is stable enough to hold her weight. “I don’t know if it’s going to hold,” Celentano calls down to her friend, Jenine Estlick, who is on belay. Estlick adjusts her hold on the rope and pulls in some slack, not so much that Shannon’s movement is impaired, but enough to catch her quickly should she fall. Celentano re-adjusts her foot and pulls herself up, inching a bit closer to the top. “You gotta trust your shoes,” she says as she continues up the rock face. “Sometimes I forget that.” Before long, Celentano is repelling down the cliff, pushing off the rocks and riding the rope down with an infectious burst of excitement, showing little sign of fatigue. “That was awesome!” she says, when she reaches the bottom. “I like this route. It makes me happy!” Despite the apparent expertise on display this early spring day, Celentano, 24, has only been climbing for three years. Her older brother, a highly experienced climber himself, surprised her on her birthday with some essential gear - shoes, harness and rope (it’s worth getting a helmet too, FYI). “I had repelled with him once before and absolutely loved it,” she explains. “I’m an adrenaline junkie and was always into outdoor sports, so it made sense.

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limbing soon became an imperative part of her life. Now she climbs to clear her head. It’s almost like meditation,” she says. “When I’m stressed out, I just need to climb.” Albia Aye, 26, discovered the area (Q’emiln Park) as part of an internship at North Idaho College while earning her recreational management degree through Illinois State University. She’d only climbed outdoors a few times before she went to Q’emiln. “It’s pretty amazing because of the accessibility,” she says. “It’s such a short hike from the parking lot to the walls.” She loved it so much, she eventually moved here permanently, and even collaborated with other climbers in the area to protect and repair the hiking area near the walls. “There is a special connection you have to a certain climbing area,” Aye says. “Even if you think you’ve gotten


to know it really well, you can go back to your favorite route and you can climb it differently. It feels like there are no limits.”And there are no limits. If you don’t like climbing one way, you can always try something else. “I quit free climbing years ago,” says one climber. “I discovered I had trust issues. I couldn’t relax, because I could never fully trust my belayer, and it didn’t matter who it was. So, I gave it up and went to bouldering. Climbing is was about the challenge. About the route and the relationship between the rock and me. Every time I climb, I learn something about the rock, and something about myself. It’s a very dynamic and personal relationship.” There’s a rating system in place to help climbers identify the difficulty of a wall - a point system that starts at 5.0 (steep ramps), heads into the 5.5-5.9 territory for more challenging vertical climbs, and into 5.10 A-D

On this particular day in Q’emiln, Shannon is being cheered on by her parents, Dave and Sharon. There’s obvious pride beaming from both of them. “She was always the full throttle girl,” Sharon says as Shannon repels down the rock wall. Now it’s Dave’s turn up the cliff. He says he climbed back in the 70s, but only started again after his kids took up the sport. Shannon is acting as her father’s belayer, and she’s offering route advice as he readies his gear. “The culture of rock climbing is that everybody is super supportive,” Celentano says. “It’s about camaraderie, support and trust.” Dave has now reached the spot on the wall that gave his daughter trouble earlier. He hesitates and begins to question his footing. “Just think about what you’re doing,” Shannon hollers up to him. “Take a minute. We kinda forget that sometimes. Breaks are totally fine! Get your balance!” Dave follows his daughter’s advice, and then he pulls himself up. “Nice job, Daddio!” Shannon yells in delight. “Way to use your shoes!” N

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y calves are cramping, quads burning and the sweat that had been pooling up in my helmet is now descending down my bangs and into my eyes. Through each breath, I manage to mutter the word “push,” as if it could actually make my legs work harder. I take a mental pause to ask myself, “What in the world are you doing?”

Mountain biking. For the first time. For well over a year, the pressure from friends and my husband to take up biking has been building. To try, or not to try, has been circulating through my head along with thoughts of concussions, broken arms and extremely steep cliffs. I consider myself outdoorsy - I hike, snowshoe, snowboard, wakeboard, I’ve even surfed - but bike up and down the side of a mountain? I’m not crazy. Yet here I am, sweaty, out of breath and lagging way behind as I watch my friend Megan and her two dogs take on Beacon Hill like it’s a moderately large speed bump rather than a 2,000 foot mountain. I dodge roots, rocks and branches as I shift into a lower gear, yet again. I pedal faster to keep myself from tipping over as I wind around another series of switchbacks. Losing momentum, I put my foot down and reach for my water. “Are you okay?” Megan hollers down. I look down at my own dog, she smiles up at me ready to take on the next part of our climb. “At least one of us is enjoying this,” I mutter before answering my riding coach. “I’m good, Juneau just needed some water,” I lied. Plus, I felt like I could pass out at any moment, but Megan didn’t need to know that. 44 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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more experienced bikers to pass us. “Great day for a ride!” they all exclaim, barely out of breath. “Yeah,” I squeak out. “It’s beautiful.” They pass with a couple high fives and several friendly smiles. [Inhale… sigh…smile] I love bike people. With a swift push to my pedal, we’re off on the last leg of the climb. Right, right, right, right… We wind our way past a number of jumps, ramps and bikers, waiting for their turn to take those jumps. It’s the kind of thing you see in mountain bike magazines or YouTube videos. I can’t decide if they’re certifiably insane or brave - perhaps both. But I’m happy to see our trail begins to level out, not so much steep hills and switchbacks, but more casual winding through trees and brush. We have to be close. I look up to see Megan and the dogs waiting for me. I made it. Looking around, I can see a good portion of the trail system - ribbons of dirt interweaving and cutting through the hillside. A glint off the water of the Spokane River is

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wheel. Use mostly the back break, but the front break can actually help you stop faster. And watch out for Frisbees.” Got it. Megan crouches over her bike and before I know it, she’s flying through the trees - taking switchback after switchback like a pro. I look down at Juneau then back to the trail. I’ve had to talk myself off a cliff - so to speak - several times in my life, but never down one. I take a deep breath, and as I exhale, I release my feet from the ground and place them on my pedals. Here I go.

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Juneau rushes to my back tire, heeling all the way. Full of adrenaline, I approach the first switchback and fear takes over. Hitting my break, I slowly maneuver around the tight turn, then again as the trail changes direction. With each turn I gain confidence, and hit the brakes less and less. Squatting over my back tire, as Megan suggested, my quads are shaking, acting as my own personal shock absorbers over each obstacle and bump in the trail. The ground and scenery is a blur. What I had worked so long and so hard to climb is passing by at warp speed. Sure enough, a red Frisbee whizzes by my head and a “Sorry!” echoes from a short distance away. 48 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

I try to lift my hand to wave, but my unsteadiness stops me. “It’s all good!” I yell back. And it is, because in this moment I am free. Free from thoughts of work, home and to-do lists. I pushed through the climb and now am rewarded with a ride down nature’s rollercoaster. As I dart through the trees, the rest of the world slips away into an inconsequential oblivion. The only thing that matters is the trail ahead and the only things I feel are the wind in my face and the butterflies in my stomach. Still on my adrenaline high, and with a smile on my face, I approach the bottom of the hill. Megan and her dogs are waiting patiently for us to meet them. It’s at this moment, where

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o you’ve decided to grow a garden this year, but you’re trying to figure out where to put it without turning your lawn into a farmer’s field. Time to build a raised garden bed. Let’s just say you’re building an 8 ft x 4 ft bed; the first thing to do is locate the best plot for your new garden. This is not only the place with the best sunlight/shade for what you’ll be growing, but also the section of your yard you are willing to repurpose. Make it convenient, but not somewhere that’s always in the way. Pick a spot that’s easy to get to with the garden hose and perhaps your compost (see Nspire Summer/ Fall 2014). Once you’ve picked the perfect location, be sure to measure the area, making sure to leave enough space to get around it with your lawn mower, as well as enough room to garden comfortably from all sides. When you’re happy with the location, it’s time to go shopping. When perusing lumber, handselect your boards. Don’t purchase anything you’re not happy with (bad knots, severe warping and splitting


are no fun). For your 8x4 garden bed, you’ll need SIX 8 ft 2x6 boards, and ONE 8 ft 4x4 post. Untreated pine should last up to three years. Weather treated boards last up to ten, but are more expensive. Never use railroad ties. Don’t forget screws, and grab a role of landscape fabric to line your garden bed. It’s best to build the bed on sight (it’s heavy). Mark your garden plot, measuring it appropriately. Cut TWO of your 4 ft 2x6s in half, leaving you a total of FOUR 4 ft lengths, and FOUR 8 ft 2x6 lengths. Next, cut the 4x4 into FOUR 2 ft lengths. Attach 2x6s side-by-side to

4x4 corners, making the height of the entire 2x6 frame 12 inches on all four sides. The 4x4 corner posts will extend 12 inches beyond the height of the 2x6 frame. Dig one 12-inch post hole at each corner of your plot. When finished, turn over the soil in your chosen location. This allows for leveling, and improves drainage. Once level, place your frame, fitting the corner posts into the post holes for an extremely stable garden bed. Line the bottom with landscape fabric, and fill with your best organic garden soil and compost. That’s it. You’re ready to start planting. N




few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find myself visiting one of my favorite cities in southern Mexico, the city of Oaxaca. During my first culinary adventure of the trip, I came across the most interesting drink; It’s a mixture of cacao (ku-cow) beans ground with dried corn, cinnamon, annatto and a little chile. As I experienced this traditional recipe, I learned that it is actually hundreds of years old and very similar to a drink that was consumed by the mighty Aztec ruler Montezuma himself. Yes, this powerful man was known to have consumed up to fifty cups a day of this magical mix, and many believe this concoction to have been the source of his legendary strength and vigor. Further into my visit, I let my nose guide me through a whimsical Oaxacan marketplace. As I found myself drifting, floating toward that same intoxicating aroma, I realized that very aroma is what keeps me going back to Oaxaca again and again. CHOCOLATE. Well, cacao actually. Cacao has a rich, hypnotic aroma when it is ground and turned into the world’s favorite food. Take one delicious whiff and the euphoric effect is always the same; The eyes close gently, the lips curl into a soft smile, and the nose longs to smell more deeply so as to absorb more and more of the seductive sweetness that impregnates the air surrounding the chocolate vendors. Some years ago, a visit to a Costa Rican cacao plantation allowed me to

have the grand experience of seeing and tasting every part of the growth and production of cacao. Foot-long, oval cacao pods grow directly off of the tree’s trunk, and when you split a pod open you expose a tangy white pulp. Once you start sucking the fruity pulp—it’s so delicious and unlike anything you’ve ever eaten before. Then you realize it’s actually all over your face, but again, it’s so good that you don’t care, and you just want to keep slurping. Then, you realize that there are lots and lots of dark, hard beans hidden within the pulp. When you peel each bean, you find that you can lightly crush it. And voila, in the world of nutrition, you’ve got black gold: cacao nibs! These nibs are one of nature’s wondrous gifts. Cacao’s ancient origins often tie it to legend, wonder and even magic. Hundreds of years ago, cacao was considered to be so precious and valuable that it was used as currency. It is believed that cacao originated in these tropical regions of southern Mexico, which explains why it is common to start your day - every day - with a frothy bowl of liquid chocolate in places such as Oaxaca. It is how people there have welcomed and prepared for their daily labors for centuries. In fact, ancient peoples from Mexico to the Amazon basin reaped the benefits of this superfood, and today we can do the same. Cacao is the highest antioxidant food on our planet. This makes cacao the #1 food naturally containing the highest concentrations of magnesium, iron, manganese,

chromium, phosphorus, zinc and copper. Nutrition specialist also claim that Cacao is good for our hearts, for our blood, for our teeth, bones, and nervous systems, and Cacao serves to reduce stress as well as to provide the miraculous gift of longevity. It contains fifteen times the antioxidants of blueberries and thirty times as much as red wine! Regular consumption of cacao has been tested and proven to benefit the thyroid, liver, kidneys, bladder and the intestines, as well as improve the condition of those with diabetes, asthma, parasites, pneumonia, obesity, high blood pressure, memory loss and well, I could go on and on. Now, don’t go out and gorge yourself on your favorite chocolate bars and expect to be in a state of ecstasy and perfect health. Sadly, a lot of the world’s cacao is ruined by being processed and mixed with loads of sugars, chemicals and even waxes before being delivered as bars to our grocery store shelves. Instead, look for organically grown raw cacao nibs or cacao powder, and mix it into smoothies, trail mix, or even into your morning cereal. A quick recipe search on the internet will show you that the possibilities for baking and cooking with cacao are endless—I love sprinkling nibs over savory salads, and they are a spectacular addition to guacamole. Remember that the keys to reaping its benefits are to prepare it with minimal amounts of refined sugars, if any, and to moderately add cacao into your regular diet. N SUMMER/FALL 2015 51




As Yoga is an exercise as well as an art form, we would be doing you, our reader, a disservice should we even attempt to give written instruction within the limited pages of this issue of Nspire Magazine. Instead we offer you a compilation of fine Benjamin Powell photography, and impassioned prose. A presentation of beauty. We’ve also produced an informative video for you to enjoy and use from the comfort of your home. Let Katie Fitzgerald guide you through an entire yoga session via our website nspiremagazine.com.


oga is home. Yoga is my heart. My devotion. Yoga is a journey inward. It is a journey of the self. It is a transformative experience, invoking the unity of body, mind and spirit. In this space we are free of judgment, unruly expectations, fear, doubt, insecurities, past regret, future perceptions and delusions of


what is. This space is sacred. It is a gift and an offering of the heart. Yoga is a mindful practice. In the midst of the chaos and struggle, there is a stillness so sweet, and a surrender so deep within my heart that I never have to question the outcome too immensely. I simply trust all will be well no matter how uncomfortable it may seem. We don’t Do yoga. We Live yoga. Many people have the perception of yoga that you must be super flexible or have a certain body type to practice. On the other side, the perception may be that you must be a practicing Hindu or that it may conflict with your own sacred spiritual beliefs. Nothing could be further from the truth. With the rising popularity and awareness of the practice of Yoga, there are many different styles of yoga to choose from, and different teachers and studios to experience; whether you are hoping to experience the

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hose of us lucky enough to be lake-people know the gift of this kind of day: from the boat’s bow the sky is a deep, eternal blue. July heat, windless and little chop, the water is cool, and the sun rides long on the horizon. Certainly, there are a few spirits in plastic cups, frequent stops for refreshing dips and, most importantly, great songs blasting from the stereo - all those songs we know, earmarked memories. We gather together for moments like these. It was on such a day in


1998 that I met singer/songwriter, Cristopher Lucas. After introductions, our reveling lake-company clustered around Cristopher on a friend’s dock near Beauty Bay. He sat on the edge of a moored boat with his feet flat on the boards and pulled a guitar from its case. Conversations fell away to a deep-pocketed guitar rhythm. Before he opened his mouth to sing, I felt that I knew the melody to come, as if I’d heard it before, though, I was mistaken. It was familiar, yes,

but wholly unique and original. It resonated with everything I adore about music - a hypnotic pulse, a transforming melody hinging on the right turn of phrase, organic and enduring. Before his first song was over, I was compelled to sing the final refrain; I was hooked in. I was singing back to him, as was everyone else. I recall thinking, How did he do that? He wrote these songs? Who is this person, really? Cristopher Lucas is one of a clan infused in song - what he calls

his Sing Back School. His parents, Deanna Sylte from Rathdrum, Idaho (of the famed a cappella group, The Sylte Sisters) and David Lucas from Buffalo, New York (renown producer and advertising jingle composer - his hooks you’ll likely recall: ATT’s Reach Out and Touch Someone and G.E.’s We Bring Good things To Life, among a great many others), met on a concert tour through Asia in the late 60’s. Born in Harlem, New York, Cristopher grew up in recording studios, became accustomed to family dinners with some of the hippest and most talented musicians in the world, and was baptized in the sounds and the moods of the city - the slick pop sensibility, the razor sharp harmonies and the hooks that make hits, the alchemy that brings people together - the very elements of our fast-paced life score. His mother’s home is here, in North

Idaho, and during the summers growing up, Cristopher’s big-city experience and New York savvy would saunter onto the family cattle ranch. This might have been culture shock for some, but Cristopher found a second home among his family, the pastures and the evergreens. Though the meteor showers, the scent of summer pine and the slower days of the Inland North West charmed him, the music of his new surroundings would eventually define a writing style all his own. His entire family sings; many of them play instruments. Cristopher became steeped in traditional folk, gospel and country, and soaring over it all were gathered voices raised up in harmony. Thus began the musician’s life of practice - years of honing his skills as a guitarist, singer and performer. He recorded his original songs onto cassettes as gifts to family and

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friends, produced jingles, produced other artists, and played in bands. In 2000, he released his first full-length CD, Southbound Patriot James, followed by the acclaimed Cruxlife Volume One, 2005. Then came countless gigs across the country and overseas, from tiny smokehazed Idaho dives to inner city clubs in New York; his melodies emitting a sparkle of city lights and the feel of a woodland trail. Cristopher’s crafted hooks pull our two coasts close. Cristopher’s work has always gathered people together, as if drawn by a memory or some familiar thought floating there in blue sky. And before the connection makes sense - before the moment’s magic becomes a part of you, before you even know the name of the song - you’re likely to hear your voice singing along.

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Paper is my canvas; memory my palette. I hold lightly my pen and begin to ‘paint’. I start with blue. In long graceful strokes across the canvas, I capture her life, vibrant and full. The blue fades as it nears a horizontal center, merges, then deepens again, as if reflecting the atmosphere above. She is child, woman, wife, and mother. Her life is joy, love, beauty - these are inseparable from the artist, as impossible to distinguish as the point where sky ends and water begins on a distant blue horizon. 58 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM


stand outside and watch through latticed windowpanes as she approaches. I’m behind schedule, and she’s forgotten the gallery is not open today. I’m locked out. She hurries to the gallery door, smiling and mouthing a silent apology. Her golden curls bounce with her rapid steps. The door is unlocked, and I am met with a warm greeting. I’ve not met her before today and am slightly taken aback by her unique charm. You see, Hayley ShortridgeGabriel glows. And it’s not the kind




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As we continue our discussion, it’s clear that Hayley was raised by love, and that family is most important. As a new mother raising a baby girl of her own, she’s come to recognize that even more. Although the world may wonder, Hayley’s certainly not concerned about this new adventure hindering her creativity, nor are her parents.

and life as a new parent, and there is a nearly tangible passion throughout the conversation. I recognize it is not merely a passion for art; it is a passion for life and living. Hayley loves life, and now that I recognize this, I also see it in her work. By now, I’m not surprised when Hayley speaks so highly of her parents. “They’re really good people,” she says. “I feel fortunate to have such great parents. They taught me that I can do whatever I want, and to do the things that feed my soul.” 60 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

“Some of that creativity,” her parents tell us, “is given to the arts of being a mother and wife. She is currently creating some of her best work in those areas of her life. The arts will always be a part of her life and reflect the beautiful person she is.” As we discuss her work, Hayley is very open about the respect she has for her father’s talent. She explains that, unlike her father, who paints in oils, her medium is acrylics. “I kind of did that on purpose,” she says. “I wanted to create my own style. I didn’t want to emulate my Dad.

He’s so good at what he does, that I’d just be a copycat anyway. I’ve got to be myself if I want to succeed. That’s just something my parents instilled in me. You shouldn’t be an imitation of someone else.” And to her credit, there is nothing imitation about Hayley Shortridge-Gabriel. N

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When homeowners get involved in the design of their home, the outcome can be quite amazing. Picture a beautiful basalt powder room, an unusual charred wood siding, a grand industrial entryway - each is the result of the creativity and initiative of




ne Monday morning, an excited homeowner showed up to the construction site of his new lake cabin with a design idea. Enthusiastically, he showed his contractor a video of Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese technique of charring wood. Then, with some cedar and a propane torch, he tried it. He liked the look of the blackened wood so much, he decided to use it as siding for his cabin.

FAMILY FUN “You can buy charred siding,” says general contractor, Doric Creager, “but it’s expensive.” So instead, the homeowner decided to do it himself. He enlisted the help of his family, and every Saturday would hold a Shou Sugi Ban party. In about a month, they managed to char enough wood to side the cabin. It was a big project, but not as daunting as you might imagine. A large portion of the house is glass. When all the siding was charred, carpenters went to work installing and sealing the wood to keep it from flaking. The burning process not only creates an interesting look, but also protects and preserves the wood. It’s not very common for a homeowner to get this involved in a building project, but this family had a good time doing it, and it will be something they will remember for years to come. “Usually when the homeowner offers to help, we tell them the price just went up,” Doric laughs. “But they did a fine job.”

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he open risers and massive brick wall create just the level of interest Ryan Neary wanted in the entryway of his Coeur d’Alene home. It is, after all, the first room you see as you walk through the front door. For that reason alone, it deserves



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The design of his home is modern industrial. So, when it came to the entryway, he chose brick for the wall and open risers with a cable rail system. The solid fir wood stairs and the red brick ordinarily would look heavy, but the openness of the

“If you’re going to do a stairway in the entry of the house, it’s got to be unique,” said Shawn Anderson of Monarch Development, builders of the home. She further explained that the modern industrial look is becoming increasingly popular. Ryan’s home was a big hit in the 2014 Parade of Homes. In fact, it was so well liked, it won several top awards.

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o get an unusual look for their powder room, the Stanleys knew exactly what to do; they would incorporate basalt. So certain of the look she wanted, Heidi went to a local stone yard and handpicked three basalt pillars. She carefully searched the stones for natural colors and chips that would complement her slate floors.



The popular decorative stone is commonly used in outdoor landscapes. Bringing it indoors was a unique way to tie in the natural charm of the Northwest and give this powder room the visual interest she and her husband Ron were after. Two of the pillars stand side by side at 35 and 40 inches tall, and are the focal point of the bathroom. The third pillar serves as the base for a locally handcrafted glass sink.

Designing the space was not without challenge; the biggest was getting the basalt into the bathroom. The pillar for the sink weighs over 1,000 pounds, and had to be brought in by a mini crane. The others weigh between 250 and 350 pounds. It was a big effort for a small room. But powder rooms are often the only bathroom guests get to see. And the Stanleys wanted to create something special for theirs. N

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Some sensible person once remarked that you spend the whole of your life either in your bed or in your shoes. Having done the best you can by shoes and bed, devote all the time and resources at your disposal to the building up of a fine kitchen. It will be, as it should be, the most comforting and comfortable room in the house.


vividly remember the kitchen of my childhood home. No matter what the days would bring, we always gathered there for dinner. Our kitchen was, as most are, the hub of the house. It was where lighthearted, and serious conversations took place, where endless card games were won and lost, and where many of my family’s major decisions were made. So important was our kitchen, it was the first room in our house to get an update—and the only room for years. Out went our beloved avocado green dining table, the green refrigerator, and the matching Formica countertops. It was the late 80s, and my mother’s idea of modernizing included a glass table, a black refrigerator and beige counters. Even our dark cabinets were lightened. Suddenly, our drab kitchen felt crisp. And we, having lived with avocado green for longer than anyone should, felt liberated. Kitchens have endured as the center of the home. But their look has undergone great change over the decades. You won’t see avocado green

or harvest gold in today’s new builds. Thankfully, that time has passed. In fact, you might not see much color at all. These days, the trend is white, even here in rustic North Idaho. White kitchens are not new but they have not been common, either. Most kitchens here are rustic, paying homage to the rolling mountains and pine forests that blanket this region. White, however, has become increasingly popular in kitchens over the last few years. Designers and builders point to a variety of reasons but it comes down to this: white is

timeless. It’s clean, bright and a break from the traditional. “It’s what everyone wants,” says designer Eric Hedlund. “People are tired of really dark kitchens.” He ought to know. Eighty percent of the kitchens he designs these days are white. The rest are rustic. Cool or warm, we love our kitchens. They are the place where we always seem to gather; where we nourish our bodies and often our souls. Kitchens are the heart of the home. So, why not make them the gem, too.

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The Moores love Black Rock. But they didn’t want a “Black Rock” home. So they built a mountain contemporary house with a bright white kitchen. It was a break from the intensely rustic style that dominates the lakeside development. But when this Dallas, Texas family first arrived at Black 72 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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Rock, they didn’t see hills and trees. They saw blue sky and water. Their kitchen reflects that vision. Ultra white lacquer cabinets give off a brilliant shine and create the clean, bright look Sandy and her husband Barry wanted. The contrasting Echo wood cabinets (engineered wood veneer) and Douglas fir ceiling keep the kitchen from looking too modern. Most impressive is the 12-foot-

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long waterfall island featuring a decorative blue glass lit with LED. The glass pulls in blues from around the room and gives the place a relaxed beachy feel. The island is the centerpiece, not just of the kitchen, but also of the entire main floor.“No matter how you build your home, you always end up in the kitchen,” Sandy says.“So we just made it part of the greatroom space.”

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The kitchen alone is a study in the balance of colors, textures and styles. White laminate cabinets, Caesar stone countertops, and a cold rolled steel backsplash create the industrial style the homeowner wanted. The cabinet-grade plywood ceiling brings in the outdoors and gives warmth to the space. Wood veneer cabinets and their pattern of earthy tones add depth. The contrast of colors and the mix of textures make this kitchen appear larger than it is. The goal from the start of the project was to end up with a place that felt like a cabin. This home feels like that and more. 74 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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Among the majestic homes that surround Lake Coeur d’Alene stands an impressive industrial cabin. It’s not size that forces you to take notice of this beauty. It’s a modest 1,600 square feet. What grabs you is its unique design. It is neither modern nor rustic, yet it combines elements of both styles to create a bright and cozy space.

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>> A Vintage Backdrop Gregg Johnson has been designing kitchens for 19 years. So when it came to building his kitchen, he took a page from his own design book. He went with white. “White is classic,” he says. “It goes with everything.” His cabinets are a white automotive lacquer, the popular finish that is as incredibly smooth as it is shiny. “It’s like running your hand across the hood of a car,” he says.

He added a dark wood laminate floor for a warm contrast. A faux cast iron hood above the stove and classic light fixtures complete the vintage look he was going for. It’s the perfect backdrop to what really matters in his kitchen: time with his wife and children. “It’s a great family spot,” he says. “It’s where we hang.”

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Kim has always liked white kitchens, especially the light, airy Cape Cod style popular on the East Coast where she grew up. So she and husband Tom went with a similar look for their new kitchen. To add character to the all-white space, they chose glazed walnut for their floor, and Arabian black granite for their island, Kim’s favorite feature. The island easily accommodates the family of six and is perfect for entertaining. “I love to host, and we always have a lot of people in my kitchen,” she says. “Someone’s chopping while another is cooking and everyone’s talking. It really is the heart of my home.” N

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IT’S PLAYTIME! The Inland Northwest has some very playful homes, thanks to the imagination of their owners and the ingenuity of the area’s talented builders and contractors. We visited a few of these homes and discovered incredible indoor architecture designed to delight both the young and young at heart. Oh, what fun it was twisting down a two-story slide, crawling through a dark, secret passageway and reclining in a starlit movie theater surrounded by glowing Marvel characters.

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ince my childhood growing up on the Southern California coast, I have always had a love for the water. I used to deep-sea fish with my father and obsess over what new creatures I could discover. My wanderlust led me to join the U.S. Navy in 2002 where I sailed the high seas on my steel chariot. It was then, out in the open ocean with no land in sight and just the sound of small waves caressing the hull, that I knew I had found my home. Upon release from the Navy, I traveled to Costa Rica where I enjoyed mornings surfing on the sapphire-hued waves and afternoons reading in the shade of the rainforest canopy. I had no idea that one of these reads would change my life. It was called Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi. Tania was the first and youngest woman (at the time) to


single-handedly circumnavigate the globe. Her stories were so marvelous and inspiring that when I returned to Idaho, I immediately signed up for sailing lessons at North Idaho College. On the first day of class, before we learned anything about the terminology or idiosyncrasies of sailing, our instructor took my

classmates and I out for a cruise on a little catamaran on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The boat sat about 30 feet up from the waters edge. I studied it intently, imagining the adventures this little object made of fiberglass, canvas, and lines could allot me. We were instructed to push the vessel through the sand to the lake. As the bow of the boat began to


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float, a few people hopped on, and then with one last shove, the little catamaran was free of her sandy shackles and the remaining sailors jumped onboard. We were off! Well, not quite yet - we needed to hoist the sails. The instructor ordered me to grab the main halyard and start pulling. As I tugged on the line, the brilliant rainbow-colored main sail unfolded along the white mast. Once the main sail was in position, the instructor pushed the tiller to steer the boat slightly away from the wind. Within an instant the sail filled out, the boat tilted to one side, and we began to swiftly sail away from land. We were probably only going three knots, but to me we were flying and it was pure exhilaration!

To describe the feeling of sailing that day is to describe ecstasy. I had fallen deeply in love. This wasn’t going to be another hobby. I had found my true passion. We all have something in our lives that define us whether it be keeping fit, being a parent, owning a restaurant, or painting. For me, sailing was my definition. Within a year, I acquired my first boat and began giving lessons to anyone that wanted to learn. My boat was my refuge, my companion, my Shangri La; she was the friend I couldn’t wait to see. I will not say we never had quarrels, however. Boats have a reputation for being difficult and expensive to maintain. Most experienced sailors chuckle when one complains about 86 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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ou’ve hiked the usual suspects: Tubbs Hill, Mineral Ridge, and the Canfield Trail System. Perhaps you’ve ventured out to Harrison Lake, Trout and Big Fisher Lakes in the Selkirks, or Stevens Lake or Revett Lake in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. If you’re contemplating a new adventure that could be manageable as a day hike, but something you could make a weekend out of, then set your sights on a trail that is easily navigable, family friendly and accessible without the need for a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle. Heart Lake, in Montana’s Bitterroot Range in the Lolo National Forest, might be the perfect destination. Heart Lake is a fantastic introduction to the region’s backpacking offerings, and is the perfect standby to keep in your quiver.


We set out on a sunny Saturday morning in late July for a visit to Heart Lake in the Lolo National Forest. Heart Lake is the largest alpine lake in the western portion of the Bitterroot Mountains and is stunningly beautiful, easily accessible and an idyllic spot to spend a weekend exploring. If I were to recommend an introduction to backpacking or a family friendly getaway, Heart Lake would be near the top of the list. En route to the trailhead, we stop only once for our traditional visit to Montana’s ‘St. Regis Travel Center’ to fill the gas tank and wander inside. A huckleberry scent wafts through the store, but our keen ole-factory senses guide us to the complimentary popcorn stand where we help ourselves to a bag of popcorn in the name of managing our pre-hike salt intake. East of

St. Regis, we exit at Superior, Montana, and make our way toward the trailhead. The pavement ends at a large sawmill and we begin to meander along Trout Creek until we reach the car park. It’s time to don the backpacks, and head into the wilderness for some R and R. I have hiked this trail several times, yet I never tire of it. The beauty is so spectacular, and the lake is within such easy reach on the moderately gentle trail No. 171. We follow the trail along the South Fork of Trout Creek, and are led through thick stands of timber and grassy meadows. The soothing sound of the creek washes away our cares as we slowly gain altitude. The 3 mile trail gains less than 1200 feet of elevation, but delivers a backdrop of scenery we feel we didn’t quite earn on such a relatively easy hike. This area is

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part of the proposed Great Burn Wilderness area and evidence of the horrific Big Burn of 1910 is still visible. We arrive at the crystal clear waters of the lake and gaze up at the snow cornice, precariously perched atop the cliffs at the far end of the lake. The lake itself is stunningly beautiful, surprisingly large, and full of small trout. There are multiple campsites along the east shore of the lake, but I have my sights on my favorite spot further down the trail. Arriving at our camp spot, we look around and note the evidence of campers that have been impactful to the vegetation and shoreline. We lament over the woeful reminder that not everyone takes care to tread lightly, pack it in/pack it out and respect the vegetation and shoreline. Mindful that we are in

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endless forest. The gentle hike into Heart Lake allows for us to carry the extra weight of a proper feast. Like true gourmands, we snack on crackers with camembert cheese, sticks of Landjaegar meat and apple slices before devouring a skillet full of herbed potatoes and sockeye salmon. I take in a breath of the crisp night air and listen for sounds, yet hear none. I’m ready for a peaceful night’s slumber under a blanket of stars in this blissful, backyard retreat. Morning invites a new adventure to the ridgeline above, and two additional alpine lakes. After a light breakfast of granola with coffee, we grab a day pack and head up trail 175. The trail zigzags upward to a plateau where we are greeted by a lovely collection of Indian Paint Brush, Gentians, Lupine and Arnica. Shortly after the trail flattens, we come to Pearl Lake, a tranquil lake with plentiful frogs in the shallow water along the lake’s shore. Taking in the scenery, we walk the north shoreline of the lake and follow the 92 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

trail up another series of zigzags to an overlook of Dalton Lake, which unlike Heart Lake, is actually shaped like a heart. The scenery from the Dalton Lake overlook is absolutely stunning, an irresistible mix of distant mountains, rugged backdrops, plentiful Bear Grass and a carpet of purple Heather. We continue on until we connect with trail 738, the Stateline Trail. The Stateline Trail takes us alongside the daunting cornice looming over Heart Lake that we were admiring from camp below. This proves to be an excellent spot to enjoy lunch and reap the rewards of the morning’s journey. Continuing on the Stateline Trail toward HooDoo Pass, we enjoy an overlook of Hidden Lake and marvel at how we are lucky enough to see four pristine, alpine lakes in one morning. Along the Stateline Trail, we come to a family of mountain goats that are less than congenial before dropping back down toward Heart Lake. I have encountered these goats before, and have heard from

friends that they have found these particular goats to be unfriendly, as well. We give them plenty of space and loop around them as they seemed to be making effort to block the trail. These are the most intimidating goats that I have happened across in the area. They are certainly not the mild mannered mountain goats that we enjoy on Scotchman Peak in the Cabinets. We sneak by the ornery goats and wind down through the woods to the north end of Heart Lake. There is still time in the day to unpack camp and head back to the car park. I take a last glance at beautiful Heart Lake before heading down the trail and marvel at the world-class scenery to be found right in our backyard. As we head home, we unanimously vote for dinner and a cold brew at Noah’s Canteen, on the patio under the gondola at Kellogg, Idaho’s Silver Mountain Resort. With a clink of our glass, we toast to a beautiful weekend in the Bitterroots. Cheers! N

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He’d talked of going fly fishing since 1992, the year he’d seen the promo poster





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t comes up in conversation, as if in an attempt to rededicate himself, though he’s not truly committed. “Do you fly fish?” he would ask. The individual responds to the affirmative, and he follows up with the noncommittal, and somewhat practiced, “It’s on my bucket list,” and, “We should go sometime.” But…they never do. He never seems to have time for it, and although it pulls at him with unseen force, he’s always managed to put it back in its place. All the while, inside, he knows as well as anyone that talking about a thing is not the same as doing it. In the summer of 2014 he finally stopped talking, and went fishing. It wasn’t like fishing with his father. He didn’t get up at 4am and drive two hours in the dark. Nor did he spend the evening prior packing lunches or gathering gear. No, the day started casually, just him and a couple of friends. The plan was to meet up with their guide on the St. Joe River at 9am. They’d be fishing out of a drift boat, which he understood to mean that they’d get a lot more fishing done in a lot less time. So, there was really no rush, and he was able to just enjoy the morning. He’d never been much for fishing. He’d gone with his father a few times when he was about six years old and a few more times later in life. Once, when he was twelve, he’d gone alone. That was the day he’d decided he didn’t care for fishing; it seemed a lonely, dull, and uneventful thing. Not the kind of adventure he had hoped for - staring at a bobber for hours without a bite. Fly fishing, however, looked like action, constant movement and excitement. It looked


fun, and, as he gazed out the car window at the amber waters of the St. Joe, he thought he wouldn’t mind if he didn’t get a bite all day.

He wasn’t necessarily there to catch fish. It was about something else…discovering something… about finding

that young boy again, and showing him that there was more to fishing than just catching fish. There was something deeper. He’d felt it all those years from just looking at that movie poster. After all, if Maclean had gone to the trouble to write a book about it, he figured there must be something more to it. The guide’s name was Randy Dingman, an Idaho native and fishing guide extraordinaire. He was dressed to the hilt in proper, and noticeably well used, fishing attire. He was tall, and as mellow and friendly as a person could ever meet. His tone and mannerisms held a unique

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There seemed to be a peace about the guide, as if he knew something the man and his friends did not. It was as if, in this environment, an individual were on holy ground, communing with God. Whether it was the river or the surrounding mountains - perhaps, it was in the realization itself - something about that moment spoke of a divinity universally recognized by those who escape to the wilderness. The trip down river was even more peaceful than he’d expected. The day was not too warm, and the sun glistened off the water just right just the way it should when one is fly fishing. On the wide, slow sections, he’d stop fishing and sit down while Randy rowed them through, speeding their journey on to the next fishing hole. The water was so clear in these sections that he saw small schools of squaw fish meandering through the slow current. “That’s gin clear, dude,” Randy said. “That’s what we call it. Gin clear.” Then, the current picked up, and he was back to casting again, Randy directing his movements and telling him where to drop it. After about the third time of making a birds nest of his line, attempting to pick his fly off the water with a week 98 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

back cast, Randy laughed out loud. “I feel like I’m taking my brother’s kid fishing,” he said. “You’ve got to commit, dude.” Randy’s lighthearted instruction made everyone smile. “See, bro,” Randy said. “we’re all friends here, dude.” Upon entering the river earlier that day, he had, in the back of his mind, the very slightest concern that he may have been overly optimistic about fly fishing. That there could be too much to learn for it to be enjoyable the first time. Perhaps Maclean was an optimist as well, and it really wasn’t that much different than what he was used to. He’d been disappointed too many times in the past for those thoughts not to show up. Despite his novice disadvantages, however, the fish

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were biting; it appears fish will even strike at a novice’s hook. Once, he managed to properly set the hook and reeled in a good-sized cutthroat trout, officially making it his best day of fishing. At the end of the trip, the boat was loaded back onto the trailer, and he waded out knee deep into the current for a few more casts. Great swishing loops curled over his head, and the movement began to feel natural, relaxing. He dropped the fly upstream, mending the display “early and often,” as Randy had instructed. Then, with a committed back cast, he picked the fly off the water, dried it off through a few more loops, and dropped it back on the water again. He mended, watched, waited and mended again. He didn’t care if he caught anything, it had been a wonderful day. That young, disappointed boy was no more. He’d gotten bites all day, even reeled one in, but it didn’t matter. It had been, in plain truth, everything he’d hoped it would be. As he and his friends drove off into the mid-afternoon sunlight, the guide hollered his parting tagline. “See you ‘round the campfire,” he said, and drove off to educate another novice in the ways of the gin clear St. Joe. (Special thanks to Mr. Randy Dingman of ROW Adventures for 100 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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“I love the challenge and navigation of it,” says Ken. “Learning different techniques, moving, communicating with my partner and leading her across the dance floor gives me a sense of satisfaction. Ultimately, the goal for a successful dancer is to make your partner look good,” Ken continues.“There is also great satisfaction to doing it well. If I could, I would dance seven nights a week.” Ballroom dance most often refers to the ten dances of International (Standard) Ballroom and International Latin. In the U.S. and Canada, the American Styles (American Smooth and American Rhythm) also exist. American Smooth includes the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. American Rhythm is the Cha Cha, the Rhumba, East coast Swing, Bolero and Mambo. The Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Hustle, Salsa and Merengue are also under the “ballroom dance” umbrella. The Dahlkes have traveled to Spokane, Sandpoint, Moscow and 104 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

even Seattle to indulge their love of dancing. Debby says it was fun, interesting, and a little frightening to learn to dance, but they have grown closer as a result. “It has added adventure to our lives,”she says, “and a bit of romance. When we dance to a certain song, and everything goes smoothly, it can’t help but be romantic between us.”

benefits is extensive, from improved general fitness and reduced risk of osteoporosis, to improved balance and spatial awareness. According to a 21-year study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, frequent dancing is also the only physical activity to offer significant (76%) protection against potential dementia.

“It is also great physical and mental exercise,” Ken explains, “requiring quick thinking and great navigational skills.” He especially enjoys dancing to Big Band music and American Smooth dancing. Ken and Debby spend a few nights each week either dancing, taking lessons, or teaching dance. They have also organized events, and built a website (www.cdaballroomdancing.com) so that other dancers can know where to dance or practice.

Ballroom dancing is enticing for all of these reasons, but I think my greatest fascination with it began when I witnessed the overwhelming enjoyment of these couples as they gracefully sashayed around the room completely engrossed in each other and the music. N

One of the best things about ballroom dancing is that there is no age limit. Anyone can enjoy it. It’s fun. It’s romantic. And it’s great exercise for dancers of all ages. In fact, the list of physical and psychological

This is not a hobby or fitness regimen for them; It’s a passion - one that brings joy, satisfaction, and perhaps a little romance.

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here are times when I think there is not much love in the world; that people are so caught up in earning, spending, and receiving that we forget we are not alone, that there are others around us. We forget that what truly makes us happy has much to do with what we do for others. It’s nice to be reminded that I am wrong. I sit across the table from Michele Dirks while she relates her experiences serving the people of Honduras, and that reminder comes full force. She explains how 10 years ago, her son, Derek, convinced Dr. Bret Dirks to accompany him on a service trip to Honduras so he could “improve his Spanish.” Bret Dirks is a neurosurgeon, and was quite reluctant to go; he knew he’d not be able to use his specialist training in such a limited clinical environment.



However, as is often the case when we step forward into the unknown, it took only a few days for the Dirks family to begin to see just how far their acts of service could go…and how much could be accomplished. Michele’s passion alone is inspiring; it shows in the relentless stream of positive experiences she shares, one-after-another. It shows when she speaks of meeting in a garbage dump at a makeshift school with no walls, and old tires for seats, and how sharing a simple craft project with those children - pet rocks - and how much she appreciated the smiles and hugs before these kids ran off to return to their work at the dump. It’s clear that this passion is not coming from a personal satisfaction for all they’ve been able to accomplish in Honduras; her passion comes from seeing the smiles on the faces of the


own life will be enriched. You will experience peace, love, and joy. Some of the kindest, most self-sacrificing and pleasant people I know are among, what some might call, the non-believers. The enrichment that comes from serving others is no respecter of persons nor religious affiliations. It is simply the universal result of caring outwardly for our fellowman.

people they serve. It comes because she loves them. This shouldn’t be a new concept to any of us. We’ve all felt this kind of satisfaction - the kind of joy that comes from doing something good for someone else. And hopefully we’ve also been on the receiving end and have felt the happiness that comes from knowing that someone else cares enough to show us this kind of love. It is no secret that the greatest, most meaningful sacrifices ever made in life are made out of a love for others. And this is not a faith-based or religious statement. It is merely a fact. Think back on those sacrifices that you hold most precious, and you’ll see the simple truth of that statement. And the piece I find most fascinating about this concept is that it does not matter whether you believe in God or not. If your determination is to serve simply for the purpose of being kind, your

When she shares a story about her daughter and son-in-law, Michele gets choked up, and tears flow despite her best efforts. She explains that, at one point, these two had been planning to spend a year in Germany before moving on with their chosen professions. Both educators, after their first trip to Honduras, they decided they simply could not take that trip to Germany. Instead, they would stay and teach these young people, educating them in the subjects of upper division mathematics and science in an effort to prepare them for the challenges of higher education. Of course, first, the two of them would have to learn Spanish. “In the beginning,” says Michele, “the highest aspiration of these students was to drive the dump truck… Now they have the determination to be doctors, nurses, engineers, and attorneys.” Through their efforts, and a partnership with another organization in Honduras, some 30 students have left the dump, and gone on to attend universities. Michele is clearly pleased that her family has chosen to be a part of such a great work. This June, some members of the Dirks family will return again to Honduras, continuing on a journey that began 10 years earlier. The stories and experiences, even the

It is no secret that the greatest, most meaningful sacrifices ever made in life are made out of a love for others. many accomplishments, are too numerous to share on these pages. Since that first trip to Honduras - so Derek could “improve his Spanish” - Michele and Bret have lead 15 teams, over 400 people, on this wonderful journey. Michele makes it a point to explain that not all who join them on these trips are religious. People of all faiths, or none at all, have participated, and although the main focus of service is medical and dental clinics, most of the people are non-medical and have simply come to help. She is sincere when she says their attendance has been indispensable. I close our conversation with one final question, “Why do you go? I mean, why really?” Tears flow again as she considers the answer. “You see their faces,” she manages to say. “We are so fortunate.” But, I believe the answer she is unable to express, the answer she so clearly feels, is simply, “love.” N SUMMER/FALL 2015 107


315 Martinis & Tapas Live music Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Full dinner menu. Located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Open Tuesday through Saturday at 3:15pm.

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Cricket’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar A landmark downtown restaurant, Cricket’s offers a large variety of fresh homemade items, sauces and creative preparation. A casual, lively entertaining atmosphere, Cricket’s is open for lunch, dinner and late night every day. Open Daily 11am-1am 424 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-765-1990 cricketsoysterbar.com

Elmer’s Founded in 1960 by Walt and Dorothy Elmer, our values have always been to provide quality food ingredients, gracious service and the clean surroundings that make you feel at home. Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. 290 W. Appleway, Coeur d’Alene ID 208-665-7148 eatatelmers.com

Fedora A family-friendly, locally-owned restaurant offering an extensive, menu of American cuisine. Choose from over 600 bottles of wine or 18 rotating tap handles of microbrews. 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-765-8888 FedoraPubandGrille.com


Noah’s Canteen Noah’s Canteen is located just feet from the Gondola and features both family dining and a lively apres ski atmosphere. Join us for great live music every Friday from 9-midnight! 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, ID 208-783-1111 Silvermt.com

Red Tail Bar & Grill Located at The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort. The order of the day at our Gathering Place is “fresh & local”. Our menu emphasizes seasonality, variety and value while our entertainment line-up features both established and emerging local musicians. The CdA Casino Resort, ID 800-523-2464 cdacasino.com

Satay Satay Bistro is a fine restaurant comprised of American fusion food. Our primary focus is traditional Northwest foods prepared with infused flavors and sauces. 2501 N 4th St Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-765-2555 sataybistro.com



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Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Enjoy seasonally inspired, spirited cuisine in the intimate dining room, vibrant bar, or quiet fireplace lounge. Live music & daily happy hour! Open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week. 209 Lakeside, Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-664-8008 seasonsofcda.com


Bakery by the Lake Overlooking McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill. Open daily at 6:00am. Serving premium roasted coffee, fresh pastries and espresso drinks. Lunch includes panini’s and salads. Pizza and beer Fri-Sat. 601 E. Front, Ste 104 Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-415-0681 bakerybythelake.com

Grumpy Monkey Locally owned and operated we serve quality coffee, teas and specialty drinks. Desserts and pastries are made from scratch daily! Come in and try our soups, quiches and croissant sandwiches. 2102 N. 4th Street Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-665-5975 facebook.com/Grumpymonkeycoffee

Breakfast Nook Open 6:00am until 2:00pm Monday though Saturday. Sunday 7:00am until 2:00pm. Serving traditional American breakfast and lunch. Ingredients for our success: Cleanliness, Quality, Services. 1719 N. 4th Street Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-667-1699 RuNooked.com


Daanen’s Deli Daanen’s has been the regional source for authentic, mouthwatering German food for more than 20 years. We carry thousands of sandwiches, meats and cheeses, as well as hundreds of beer and wine selections to complement your meal. 8049 N Wayne Dr Hayden, ID 208-772-7371 daanensdelicatessen.com

The Culinary Stone Our artisan deli includes gourmet meats and cheeses from around the world, Kraft Beers that are locally brewed, as well as all natural grain fed and grass fed meats that are GMO and Hormone free. 2129 Main St Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-277-4116 culinarystone.com

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Fleur de Sel Our 35 seat restaurant is elegant yet casual. Experience our fantastic view and authentic cuisine from France, where we are from. Menu is seasonal and diverse. Full bar. Reservations recommended. A bientot!

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Angelo’s Ristorante A taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine in midtown Cd’A. Angelo’s offers fresh, organic (when available) handcrafted food, extensive wine selection and warm romantic decor. Reservations recommended. Open daily 5-10pm. 846 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-765-2850 angelosristorante.net

White House Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. If you want a taste of the Mediterranean, drinking Ouzo and eating a crazy amount of garlic, just drive to Post Falls to be with us in our crazy, noisy, but also romantic White House Grill. 712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, ID 208-777-9672 whitehousegrill.com


Uva Trattoria Enjoy authentic Italian using the freshest, high quality ingredients. Family owned, casual, rustic neighborhood restaurant. 2605 N. 4th Street Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-939-0573 uvacda.com


The Cellar Late night restaurant and wine bar with an award winning wine list with live Jazz and Blues performed nightly by local artists. 317 Sherman Ave Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-664-9463 thecellarcda.com

Ugly Fish From Sushi to grilled Chilean seabass, and sea scallops or authentic Chinese dishes like Peking duck and house-made potstickers. We offer a variety of flavors to satisfy your taste buds! 1927 W. Riverstone Drive, Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-667-6389 uglyfishasianbistro.com


MacKenzie River Pizza Casual, rustic atmosphere with stunning panoramics and historic photographs sets the tone for distinctive, creatively prepared food. Featuring delectable dishes, always flavorful, fresh, and served up in hearty portions by vibrant servers. 405 W Canfield Ave Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-772-5111 mackenzieriverpizza.com


Fire Artisan Pizza Located in downtown CdA, Fire Artisan Pizza is a wood-fired oven pizza restaurant offering a menu of unique pies crafted using only the finest ingredients. 517 Sherman Ave Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-676-1743 fireartisanpizza.com


Fisherman’s Market & Grill Your home for fresh fish. Outstanding Sushi bar, fish and chips with eight specialty tartars, ahi steaks, fish tacos, fresh oysters and clams, sandwiches, entrees and fresh catch delivered daily. 215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-664-4800 fishermansmarketcda.com



Located in the Coeur d’Alene midtown area, just 7 blocks from the lake, and now in Hayden, Capone’s is a hot spot for viewing your favorite sporting event via satellite. Featuring over 41 revolving beer taps in an atmosphere of sports memorabilia. 751 N. 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-667-4873 caponespub.com

Texas Roadhouse Hand cut steaks, fall off the bone ribs, made from scratch sides, fresh baked bread, ice cold beer, and legendary Margaritas. Open 7 days a week. 402 W. Neider Ave Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-664-1903 texasroadhouse.com


Masselow’s Steakhouse Greater Spokane’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Enjoy exquisite cuisine like Dakota bison rib-eye, scallops capellini and more. An impressive list of Northwest wines, too. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, WA 509-481-6020 northernquest.com

Northern Quest Resort & Casino Enjoy our 14 incredible restaurants and lounges: Fatburger, Epic, Masselow’s, Fai’s Noodle House, Rivers Edge Buffet, Legends of Fire, Impulse and others. 100 N. Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 877-871-6772 northernquest.com


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