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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

So many have inspired me throughout my life. A boy riding his bike is asked to play. Another hidden cave is discovered. A New Year’s kiss that lasts forever. A referral from a hostess. A chance meeting while playing Andreas John pool. A word of inspiration in a Mazda 323. A cup of coffee with an old friend at Hastings. A beer with a budding artist at Capone’s. A family that has always been there. I can never thank enough, those who have been on this journey with me. To you, I dedicate our first edition of Nspire Magazine. Without you this would never be possible.

EDITOR’S NOTE

Two years ago I was struggling to survive the most miserable job of my life... ...from behind the walls of a six-by-six cubical, and from the seat of the world’s most Toby Reynolds uncomfortable chair. It was the antitheses of imagination and creativity, the opposite of what I wanted out of life. I completely stopped writing during that time. Worse, I began telling myself I didn’t care. Although the job had been a great blessing, it was clear it had taken me as far as it possibly could. In my desperation I began looking for new opportunities, and when none came, I realized I would have to create them myself. And I realized that I could. With the encouragement of a dear friend, the support of my loving wife, and as much faith as I could muster, I took the leap into the life of an entrepreneur. In this way I met Benjamin Powell, and happened upon my old friend Andreas John. It seems the equation is simple; to live the life you want, do something about it.

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IN THIS ISSUE CALENDAR OF FUN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 RECIPES FROM TOP CHEFS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 TAKE A HIKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 WET & WAY WILD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 CAMP YAY! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 YOU WISH BACKYARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 AH-MAZING BATHROOMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 TALKIN’ DIRTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 PLANKIN’ AROUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 VITAMIN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 BREWERY HOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 INVASION OF HEAVEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 HOOKING A CHINOOK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 GOLDEN AGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 ON A PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 EPICURIAN HOT SPOTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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CALENDAR OF FUN

Downtown Farmers Market

Wednesdays May-September Friendly & Healthy! 5th & Sherman kootenaifarmersmarkets.org

ArtWalk

2nd Fridays April-December Downtown Coeur d’Alene 5-8pm artsincda.org

Shrine Circus

June 14 Watch the Shrine Circus performances at The North Idaho Fair Grounds. The whole family will love in the Main Arena! northidahofair.com

Ironman CdA

June 29 Watch or compete in this

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

Live After 5

Every Wed-June 25-Aug 27

A line up of live bands play outdoors in the park at 6th and Sherman. Family friendly with beer and spirits served. See their ad on page 4 for more info. liveafter5cda.com

July 10-27 Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre never dissapoints. Shows are inside the Kroc Center Performing Arts Center. cdasummertheatre.com

Motocross

July 11-12 & Aug 8-9 North Idaho Fair Grounds hosts this fast paced motocross race by Motion Sports northidahofair.com

Post Falls Festival

Riverstone Concert Series

July 3-31 . August 8-29 Every

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. artsincda.org

July 11-13 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.

Coeur d’Alene Garden Club’s Garden Tour

Car d’Lane

June 13-14 Coeur d’Alene’s big classic car show & shine and cruise. See hundreds of classics from across the country compete for awards and onlookers. cdadowntown.com

My Fair Lady

4th of July Festival & Heroes Parade

July 13 A tour of 5 beautiful

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July 25-27 Watch the best of the best compete in drumming competitions in full regalaia for big cash prizes at the Greyhound Event Center.

Late Model Auto Race. Did we mention there’s beer and food too? It’s a fun race to watch! raceidaho.com

CdA Street Fair

Festival at Sandpoint

August 1-2 Downtown

Coeur d’Alene’s Sherman Avenue becomes home to hundreds of vendors in the areas largest craft and food fair. cdadowntown.com

Taste of the CdA’s

August 1-2 The Coeur d’Alene

City Park is converted into a culinary walk in the perfectly located between Art on the Green and Street Fair.

Art on the Green

August 1-2 Music, food, original

artwork, crafts clothing booths and more on the North Idaho College campus next to the river. North Idaho College artonthegreencda.com

August 2 Idaho 200 - A Super

August 7-17 Big national acts in an awesome location! See their ad on page 6 for a complete list of artists. festivalatsandoint.com

Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup

August 29-31 The Diamond H1

Hydroplane Circuit. Drivers and teams from all over the country will be battling for the National High Point Championship on one of the fastest race courses H1 has to offer. diamondcuprace.com

Octoberfest

September 26-27 You know what

this is... Good beer and brats, an occasional guy in a kilt in downtown Coeur d’Alene. And, of course a souvenir mug to remember you actually did go. cdadowntown.com

The Addams Family August 7-24 Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre cdasummertheatre.com

Coeur d’Fondo

September 27 For the advanced

North Idaho Fair & Rodeo

rider or the family, this multidistance ride ends with a boat cruise back to town and a waiting ocktoberfest beer. cdagranfondo.com

August 20-24 Where else will you find the Zipper, sheep, cowboys, crash up derby, cotton candy and tractors... North Idaho Fair Grounds northidahofair.com

Visit nspiremagazine.com for a full list of events throughout the area.

Pro-West Rodeo Finals

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AMAZING RECIPES

Almond Crusted

Rainbow Trout >> Flour-to dredge >> 4 eggs >> Kosher Salt-to season >> Cayenne Pepper-to season >> Sliced Almonds - 1/4 cup >> Clarified Butter - 4 oz >> Rainbow Trout - 4 ea Heat oil in a skillet. Season trout with salt and pepper. Dip into flour then egg. Then press trout in almonds to coat. Place in pan fillet side down. Cook 3 to 4 mins. or until almonds are browned. Turn over and cook 3-4 more mins. Place trout on paper towel to absorb any oil.

>> Sake Butter >> 4 oz Sake >> 2 oz Champagne vinegar >> 1 ea Shallot chopped fine >> 1 tbsp chopped Italian Parsley

>> 4 oz whole unsalted butter, cold chopped - small cubes

Bring sake to boil. Add vinegar, shallots and parsley. Heat. Take off burner and slowly add butter, whisking constantly to thicken sauce. Top trout.

Fedora | Executive Chef Brad Case Chef Brad Case is fun-loving, easy going and has a taste for great quality. Why did Chef Brad chose to offer us a trout recipe? Because that’s what we were asking for. And boy, did he deliver!

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AMAZING RECIPES

Cedar Wrapped lemon-olive rubbed

Bass

with fennel-orange jam & summer cous cous salad

Lemon-Olive Rub:

>> Zest and juice of 1 small lemon

>> 1 tbsp Kalamata Olives >> 1 tsp Black Pepper >> ½ tsp Olive Oil >> 1 tbsp Parsley >> 1 tsp Sugar Combine all & process until it forms a paste.

Cedar wrapped lemonolive rubbed bass:

>> 2 tbsp Lemon-olive rub >> 2 ea Small mouth bass

filet >> 2 ea Cedar Plank Wrap (or Cedar Plank works fine) soaked in hot water for 15 minutes.

Gently rub fish with 1 Tbs of lemon-olive rub and place in the center of the cedar wraps. Roll wrap with the grain of the wood, place on a cooking tray. Tie with butchers twine. Grill on a hot broiler for 5 min to create some aroma and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 min. Remove from oven and place the fennelorange jam immediately over the fish. Allow to cool slightly for 2 min. Gently remove the fish from the cedar wrap, and place wrap on the center of your plate. Prepare the salad and place in the center of the wrap. Gently place one of the fish filets over the salad, serve immediately.

The Cellar | Executive Chef Ryan Stoy Chef Ryan Stoy jumped at the opportunity to feature a recipe for local fish. On a trip to Spain he learned how beautiful local cuisine truly is. Chef Ryan often shares his talents with local charities says his favorite aspect of being a Chef is being a teacher and counselor.

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AMAZING RECIPES

Pan Seared

Northern Pike

with a light tomato sauce

>> 2 pounds of Northern Pike Fillet (skin removed)

>> Flour as needed >> 1/3 cup vegetable oil >> 1 tsp Fresh Basil chopped

>> 1 sprig of fresh thyme (remove leaves from the stem)

>> ½ tsp garlic >> 1 green onion sliced >> ½ cup sweet vermouth >> 1 cup diced Roma tomatoes

>> Salt and pepper to taste

Cut Pike into 4 uniform portions, about 8oz. each. In large sauté pan, add oil, heat on medium-high heat. Season fillets with salt & pepper. Dredge in the flour. Add to hot oil skin side up. Allow to fry until golden brown. Turn and allow to brown. Remove from pan and place on a baking sheet. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about eight minutes Sauce: In the same pan you cooked the Pike, add basil, thyme, garlic, onion and tomatoes to bring out aroma and soften tomatoes. Deglaze with vermouth and reduce until almost dry. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to your taste.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort | Executive Chef Steven Walk Chef Steve Walk is an alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He has received several certifications and many awards. “The main reason I chose this recipe is that I have seen lots of people catch pike in Lake Coeur d’Alene. This is a simple preparation that most people could prepare with their catch.”

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AMAZING RECIPES

Lemon Pepper

Chinook Salmon with rissoto & asparagus Salmon lemon pepper seasoning:

>> Zest of 1 lemon >> 1 tbsp dry thyme >> 1 tbsp sea salt (fine) >> 1 tbsp black pepper >> Pinch of red chili flake Mix well. Let sit room temp. over night. Dust salmon with lemon pepper. In a well

seasoned cast iron, sear the inside of your fillet, flip it and immediately transfer to an oven that has been preheated to 350. Bake for 6 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 120 degrees.

315 Restaurant | Executive Chef Brandon Mitchell Chef Brandon Mitchell is self-taught, though he was mentored by some of our greatest local chefs. Chef Brandon enjoys teaching others. His passion and talent for creating great recipes has given him insight and confidence that he loves to share; he tells his students “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s just food.”

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GREAT HIKES By TOBY REYNOLDS Photography by BENJAMIN POWELL

gazing out over Soon I am standing in the direct rays of the sun, and

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ou don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, they say. And that truth rings in my ears. I’m a fair-weather hiker, but I wasn’t always. A few years in Ohio, North Carolina, and even Afghanistan left me longing for the pine-covered mountains, and freshwater lakes, rivers and streams of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho that I grew up with, but never truly took advantage of. It was this longing, this realization of missed opportunities, that inspired my first real backpacking trip—planned from overseas, and executed right here in North Idaho. When I finally made my way back to Coeur d’Alene to stay, it was with a new respect for what we have, and a new desire to experience it. I hike the Penn/Cave loop on Canfield Mountain. I don’t have much time today, and this is a favorite. Pressing forward up the trail, I soon find myself bathed in more and more sunlight as the trees grow less

dense. Ahead is a corner I know well. It will take me to the ridgeline and to a favorite view point. My pace quickens as I approach, knowing I’ll rest at the top. Rocks, dirt and pine needles slide and grind beneath my feet as I round the corner. Soon I am standing in the direct rays of the

sun, and gazing out over the world. Gazing down as though I were somewhere in the sky. Below, the forest gives way to city streets and structures. A hawk floats on thermal winds, drifting, drifting, until finally it glides low and is lost in the dark green backdrop of the opposing

Mineral Ridge

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mountain side. In the distance, Lake Coeur d’Alene sparkles under the summer sun. The white sail of a small boat stands bright against the water. Beyond the lake are more mountains, more trees; more of what keeps me here.

friend’s boat; camping with family. Every place has its own smell, and these scents bring only images of Coeur d’Alene to my mind.

A few wild flowers grow in the shade of a large ponderosa pine among tender blades of fresh grass. Finding a safe plot, so as not to crush the flowers, I lower myself to the grass and recline against the broad trunk. The air is clean up here. I fill my lungs with it, my heart thumps in my chest, sending nature’s medicine throughout my body. I feel lighter, as if the air has washed away a layer of something heavy and unwanted, like shale slipping off a hillside. Slight perspiration dampens my face, my forehead, cooling me in the light breeze flowing up from the valley. The scent of dry needles, wild grass, and warm pine sap carried on the updraft brings images of my youth, the way an old song takes one back to a specific time and place; so many summer days at the beach. Tubbs Hill, where I overcame my fear of heights; trips across the lake in a

White spray rises high into the air, masking the destructive power in its simple beauty. Yet, the caution signs, bent and distorted from years of abuse, seem to hint at the truth; it’s dangerous to get off the path.

Clasping my hands behind my

head, I close my eyes, and listen to nature awhile. Insects, birds, scratching in the undergrowth. I recognize all of these sounds, and am comfortable with them. I drink some water before continuing along the route. I meet three deer on the trail today, and bid a soft “Hello” to each. And each one steps off the path, into the trees only a few yards. I give a short

whistle as I approach and pass—it’s just enough to engage their curiosity, keep them from bolting away. On my descent down ‘A’ to Cave, I’m scolded by a short tempered

squirrel. He’s close. I can see the wind escape his throat as he complains. I’ve not considered it before, but the squirrel is actually barking. This strikes me as funny, and I can’t help but to laugh. “Poor fellow,” I say to the squirrel, who stops barking and looks at me a moment. “No wonder you’re so sensitive. That’s quite an embarrassing bark you’ve got there.” Apparently it’s a touchy subject, for he scurries off through the brush

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Fish swim casually about as we leap in with them, and the birds fly about in the rocky cliffs above us, as though we weren’t there.

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and up a tree, berating me worse than before. You can only imagine the insults. I move on. Sticks and stones, they say. Sticks and stones. Last summer my wife and kids took me to their favorite new discovery at Q’emiln Park, in Post Falls. We’ve been to the park many times before as a family. Sometimes it was simply to enjoy the variety in the trails and terrain—my favorites are those trails that wind over rocky hill tops, or follow the ledges of high cliffs. Other times it was to travel the low canyon trails in search of a suitable route for rock climbing, or rappelling. Always, it seems, there are friendly faces and kind greetings at the climbing routes. In the late spring and early summer, we’ve found the tremble in the ground as we approached the open dam makes the heart race a bit. Moss grows thick upon the rocky paths and ledges that lead down to, and along the river. Before

we ever see it, we feel and hear the roar of the enormous rush of water that crashes through the dam and pounds down upon the jetsam of boulders left in the wake of the destructively powerful waters of the past. White spray rises high into the air, masking the destructive power in its simple beauty. Yet, the caution signs, bent and distorted from years of abuse, seem to hint at the truth; it’s dangerous to get off the path. It’s mid-summer when my family leads me in the direction of the dam. The excitement showing in their countenances, and the sense of urgency with which we travel, draws me onward. They’ve been planning this day for several weeks, and I’m secretly hoping I’m not let down. I am not. With the dam closed to a mere trickle, the river channel has become a wonderland, a boulder strewn playground of natural obstacles and deep, clear pools. Fish swim casually about as we leap in

with them, and the birds fly about in the rocky cliffs above us, as though we weren’t there. We easily spend the rest of the day here, exploring caves and following fish through the maze-like waterway, playing hide-and-go-seek, taking photos, and warming ourselves on the sun heated rocks. We are all worn out as we make our way back to the trailhead. On the ride home, we recount the day’s events. It’s quickly decided; this will be a new family tradition. We’ll hike to this place every year, at least once, and spend the day. And we’ll keep searching for more of these amazing spots. Although the greater Coeur d’Alene area has become well known for its many triathlons, marathons, trails races, and even its Ironman, one does not have to be a triathlete, or even a runner, to live a happy and healthy lifestyle so easily accommodated by our surroundings.

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There are a number of limited use, and multi-use, trail systems available to us—many within a 15 minute drive, and that can take less than 90 minutes to hike. And hiking in the beautiful outdoors can benefit more than just your cardiovascular health.

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s you begin to venture outdoors and hit the trails, keep these Essentials in your pack when you hike. Although you may not use all the Essentials every time you hike, they serve as good insurance against the unexpected, and can be life savers in an emergency.

Denise Lundy is an Outdoor Contributor and Hiking Consult to Nspire Magazine. Denise enjoys many recreational pursuits, and has a passion for hiking and backpacking. She loves living in a place where the trails of the Selkirks, Cabinets, Coeur d’Alenes and Bitterroots lie in her backyard, and the Purcells, Cascades, Willowas and Rockies are within reach. Denise is a 2011 graduate of the Spokane Mountaineers’ Mountain School, which led her to explore alpine climbing and to summit peaks such as Mt. Baker and Mt. Adams. When traveling, Denise enjoys exploring on foot, and has had many special adventures hiking the Alps, the Andes, the Aleutian Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. Denise’s favorite weekend getaways include Winthrop, Bend, and Walla Walla. Denise is the Broker and President of Fortus Realty, Inc., a boutique real estate firm in Coeur d’Alene.

Denise Lundy’s 10 Essentials B Extra food and Water: Emergency packet of high energy food and

minimum of one quart of water.

C Extra Clothing: Weather can change rapidly and without warning.

D Matches: In a water-proof container with striker AND Fire Starter: candle, paste or other commercial starter.

E Map: Topographic map of current area AND Compass with 2 degree markings and base plate. Know how to use a map and compass.

F Headlamp or flashlight with extra bulb and batteries: A headlamp is great because it allows you to keep your hands free if you are out on the trail after dark.

G Signaling Device: A whistle and/or mirror. H Pocket Knife: Size doesn’t matter. I Emergency Shelter: This could be as simple and light weight as a space blanket that will fold into a small zipper lock bag.

J First Aid Kit-Some Basic first aid kit items include: A variety of different sized Band Aids, gauze pads and roll, adhesive tape, small tweezers, moleskin (good for blisters), athletic compression bandage, triangle bandage (for making a sling), small tube of antibacterial ointment, Over the Counter painkiller such as Advil or Tylenol, OTC antihistamine such as Benadryl, an extra supply of any prescription medicine. Consider taking a First Aid Course.

K Sun Protection: Sunglasses with 98 – 100% UV Protection, Sunscreen with 15+SPF, lip balm. Being prepared, using common sense and having a good attitude should get you through whatever nature throws your way.

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Coeur d’Alene is famous for its summertime water recreation on our beautiful lakes and rivers, but for our first Summer/Fall issue of Nspire Magazine we thought we’d shake it up a bit.

We decided Here are three local waterparks within 30 minutes of Coeur d’Alene that are well worth a visit >>

Triple Play’s Raptor Reef:

Riding the Velociraptor Vortex The darkness of the tube slide awaits as we mount our inflatable chariot. The life guard on duty makes sure we set up with heaviest rider in front— this strikes me as unusual, and I wonder what my little boy has gotten us into.

light. Over so soon, I wonder. Then, we are shot from the tube and into the Vortex—a giant bowl that echoes with our laughter as we circle three times before slowing, and drifting to the center. Of course, we know what’s

Triple Play’s Velaciraptor Vortex

On “go” our chariot lurches forward and is immediately sucked into a dark tunnel of twists and turns. Then a sudden drop grants us more speed. Ahead, there is a growing

coming, as we’ve now witnessed it three times in our circling. The water continues to draw us in a slow current around a kind of tower in the

center. The sound of rushing water gets louder as we approach. Then, we are grabbed by the current once more, and sucked into another slide tube to be tossed about until we reach the bottom and are jettisoned out and into the pool. I rub the water from my eyes. My son and I are still laughing as we dismount. My wife greets us on the shore of the wave pool. “I could hear you all the way down that slide,” she says to me. My son grabs my hand, “Let’s go again!”

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Silver Mountain’s Flow Rider

Silver Mountain Resort’s Silver Rapids: Chasing the Flow Rider Surf Wave

A young man in board shorts and steps onto the deck of the Flow Rider and turns his back to the curl. The focus in his gaze, the set of his jaw, the excitement in his smile speaks of experience. Setting his board to hang off the deck’s edge, he steps onto it, placing his feet with practiced accuracy, and adjusts his balance. The tail-edge of the board kisses the jetting water beneath him, sending spray to either side. Ever so gently, he shifts his weight back, back, back, until finally he is free of the deck, free of land, of all other cares. His exhilaration is clear as the young man glides atop the water, cutting back and forth across the wave at will, as if it’s in his nature. As if he were some kind of aquatic nymph returning to the

Silverwood’s Polliwog Park @ Boulder Beach

element of his birth. Eventually, muscles fatigue, reflexes dull. He falls into the rushing water, and is carried to a landing platform at the top of the wave. The fallen nymph sits a moment, enveloped in the white froth of the crashing water. Then he rises, tossing his head back and smoothing his hair, he makes his way back to the deck and onto his board, and escapes to his element once again.

Silverwood Theme Park’s Boulder Beach: The Ricochet Rapids

From the top of the hill, the gigantic green pipeline that is Ricochet Rapids looms massive before its passengers, easily the largest waterslide many have ever seen. A group of five climb into the durable, circular raft. The lifeguard

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begins to spin them toward the slide entrance, then splashes them with water as they disappear, screaming, into the darkness. Shouts of surprise erupt from all as the slide drops into steep, diving turns in the dark. The sudden appearance of sunlight is blinding, but vision clears just in time to brace themselves for a near vertical drop off, sending the first unlucky passenger to ride over the ledge backward, heart in his throat. Then it’s more screams and laughter as they slide high up the sides of an enormous watery half-pipe. Everyone gets their chance for heart racing heights in the half-pipe. At the far end, the water pools slightly as the raft drifts to the entrance of a 20foot diameter tube. The crew has just enough time to begin to catch their

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breath, when they’re sucked down into the semi-darkness. This section is loaded with surprising drops, and high-sliding corners that seem to go on forever. When the crew finally shoots out at the bottom of the slide, they are all laughing and perhaps a little shaky. They may have to walk this one off a bit before heading back to the top for another run.

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Nestled at the western edge of the Bitterroot Mountains, along the crystal waters of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, lies a hidden gem of outdoor recreation and adventure.

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warm breeze ruffles the meadow grass and carries the scent of cedar and pine, of fresh mountain earth, and wild flowers. The industrious humming of insects mingles with the songs and calls of countless avian sentinels. A horse nickers from a nearby corral. The mountains are close here, and seem taller from the canyon floor. It’s both difficult and wonderful to imagine the 1.5 million acres of US Forest Service land that lies ready to be explored just beyond the boundary of the 35-acre plot that is Shoshone Creek Ranch. Originally established under a Forest Service Special Use Permit in 1998 as a Christian based youth camp, Shoshone Creek Ranch was able to expand and purchase the 35 acres from the U.S. Government in 2009. In 1980, a man by the name of Frank McPherson passed away, leaving his old homestead empty and abandoned. In 2005, seeing a need for

a structure large enough to be used as a gathering hall, McPherson’s Cabin was donated, disassembled, moved, and reassembled McPherson’s cabin to serve that purpose—a cabin he’d built by hand in the early 20’s and 30’s with the help of a team of horses to lift the logs into place. There is now a log barn on site that also once stood at the McPherson homestead. At Shoshone Creek Ranch, they’re about offering opportunities, opportunities to learn and grow intellectually and spiritually. Opportunities to serve in the community or simply to enjoy the beauty and outdoor recreation that is North Idaho. They offer several

weekend programs, including a family weekend package that includes campfire songs, skits, and s’mores, family style meals, outdoor rec. activities—river tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing, zip line, etc.—and in your free-time, just tell them what you want to do and they’ll show you where to go, and how to do it. Free time options also include two National Scenic Trails near the ranch, plus the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s, and the river road for bike enthusiasts. The ranch holds an active Outfitter’s Guides Permit, so really, the options are endless. You don’t have to sign up for a

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weekend program to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities Shoshone Creek Ranch has to offer. And you don’t have to sleep in a tent; RV’s are welcome. They’re open May to October, and in their offseason it’s a great place to park for snowmobiling. The area boasts 500 miles of groomed trails and plowed roads. When it comes to youth camps and service, Shoshone Creek Ranch takes their work seriously. Each summer the ranch has 500 – 600 youth participate in their programs, who’ve put in an unbelievable 35,000 community service hours already. One such project included building an addition to a home for a local man who’s wife was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. They needed a bedroom to be built on the ground level, and had no way to make it happen. Thanks to Shoshone Creek Ranch and their dedicated campers, this couple was able to get the help they needed. Lives were blessed.

Hearts were touched. People, young and old, were changed. When asked what Shoshone Creek Ranch is all about, Bob Baker of Lutherhaven/Shoshone Creek Ranch explains; they are about getting young people outside, and getting them together to build relationships with other young people. They’re about giving them opportunities to serve, to learn, and to lead. “To build meaningful relationships with significant adults,” he says. “That’s why we encourage parents and grandparents to participate.” There’s much more to learn here—how the ranch came to be, the history of Frank McPherson, many more stories of people whose lives have been bless by gracious acts of service—but there’s no better place to hear these tales than around a campfire at Shoshone Creek Ranch with family and friends close by, and a marshmallow roasting on the end of a stick.

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BACKYARD

By TOBY REYNOLDS

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RETREATS

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y favorite backyard memories begin when, shortly after my first grade year, my parents decided to build a teepee. It was made of thick cotton canvas on an electric sewing machine. Dad painted Native American designs on it, waterproofed it, and we moved into it in late August.

A family friend let us live on some land he owned in the mountains outside Potlatch, Idaho, and we stayed into the winter—Mom, Dad, and five children. My Indian name was Little Bear. It was hard to get me out of my warm hibernation in the mornings, but I don’t remember ever being cold. Mom’s name was Hummingbird. Dad carried logs home on his shoulders for fire wood, and once he carried a deer. Jeremy and I dug

tunnels in the high cliffy bank of the stream and drove our trucks through them. Corey taught Brandi and me how to tease the range cattle until they’d chase us through the trees, and he taught us to climb those trees to get away. We went to school most days–when we didn’t miss the bus. It was a long walk to the bus stop, and sometimes we missed on purpose. I always wished I could stay home. Marci was a baby then, and learned to crawl wearing a cast on her leg. I never realized what Mom did there, though I know now and wonder how she made it.

We brought a stray cat with us, and our friends gave us two puppies when we moved onto their land. They were all given Indian names Dad had learned from the Rosebud Sioux woman who had been our neighbor in Provo. Heyokah, for

the cat, meant little clown. Sapah, Black, for the male puppy, and, Namakikah, for the female. I don’t recall what her name meant. She was blind and mostly deaf, and we didn’t have her long.

At night we heard, and felt, elk pass through camp; the earth shook with their weight. We listened to Sapah bark at the coyotes that came too close, and at the bear that stripped the tree just up the hill. Sometimes he would chase Heyokah for fun, and the cat would run up the outside of the teepee, his feet slapping loudly against the canvas. When it rained, Heyokah came in, and the rain slapped the canvas in his place. Once he flicked his tail into the cook fire and Mom put him out with a large bowl of dish water. Sapah’s dinner was always dog

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food. Heyokah caught his own— snakes, chipmunks, mice. He was the only one who stayed when we left. Hayokah, and the teepee. When Dad finally went back, the teepee had been burned to the ground. I went back there once with my wife, younger brother, younger sisters and Mom. Jeremy and I were the only ones to get out. We climbed through the barbed wire and ran, laughing, down through the tall grass, passed the old, grey, weathered barn. Passed the level ground where the teepee once stood, and on. On to the high cliffy bank of the stream where he and I had spent so many days. In my mind, Heyokah was still there, watching us from the trees, and waiting for us to come home.

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backyard retreat has got to have water, and it’s got to have fire. As the sky releases it’s hold on the sun, both fire and water are reflected in the glass that stretches the width of the house. The spacious stonework patio and outdoor kitchen glow with the soft orange illumination of both fire, and artificial light. The flames of gas torches and fire pits dance with the movement of the evening air coming off the water. The grass is dark and thick, though its color seems a brighter green. All colors seem brighter tonight, as if the fire, as if the atmosphere, has power to make things more alive, more raw, more as they were meant to be seen. Adam reaches into the brick oven with a long-handled peel, laughing at a comment aimed his direction. A wisp of smoke escapes the open door, carrying with it the scent of

wood-fired pizza. It seems to touch everyone’s senses, drawing them in for another slice. He makes his way back to where his wife, Coral, and some friends have topped another crust to slide into the oven. Music, laughter, and conversation fill the air, complemented by a backdrop of trickling poolside fountains, crackling fires, and the occasional cry of some lone waterfowl in low flight. Their oldest son calls down from the deck above, asking if the pool’s been heated. He and some friends would like to swim. An adult friend teases him about his hair, but, like his father, he takes it with a smile. The pool glows bright blue in the evening shadow, a stark contrast to the deeper shadows beyond its light. The pool’s bottom resembles large boulder, as if it were some crater lake high in the mountains.


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A combination of saw-cut concrete and green grass create a walkway that skirts the pool. The gentle lines of flowing landscaping are nestled beyond that. At the far end of the pool hangs a collection of paddleboards, and off to the side, rests a bubbling hot tub, its light changing through a multitude of brilliant colors. Chairs and umbrellas sit along the top of the beach, promises of warmer days to come. Another fire snaps and sputters in a large stone pit on the sand. Water laps against the shore, the whispered traces of a passing vessel. It is comfortable here. Even friends feel like family. One guest explains, “I’ve known Adam a very long time. He’s like a son, a brother, and a friend. We’re family,” he says, “and he’s loyal. He loves his family.” In fact, that’s one reason they moved to the area. Adam and Coral wanted to raise their boys in a better environment, the kind of environment you find in North Idaho—it’s tough to argue with that logic.

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guest house. This guest house and backyard, built by Edwards Smith Construction, were not designed for outdoor recreation. This backyard retreat was designed specifically for large gatherings. The huge stonework patio takes up the entirety of the yard. There is plenty of space for multiple tables and chairs, a fire pit, and even a gazebo for guests to enjoy. With Lake Coeur d’Alene nearly washing against the patio foundation, guests are practically on the water. When it comes to entertaining large parties, charity and fund-raising events, with the spacious great room of the guest house and the enormous patio, this location has hosted hundreds of guests at once. Imagine the family reunions that could take place in such a location. And if it’s recreation you’re looking for, although you’ll find no swimming pool here, there is a rather nice beach close by.

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AMAZING BATHROOMS

Robyn Bruns doesn’t like doors. She feels they make things crowded. Lucky for her she has Greg Bruns, husband and architectural engineer, who listened and designed their new home with that in mind. Were you to visit their home, you’d find a beautifully designed floor plan with lots of open, yet efficiently used space, and very few doors. It stands to reason, then, that one might wonder how a doorless master bathroom is designed.

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A ROTUNDA. By TOBY REYNOLDS

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his rotunda has an entrance to the master bath and a large walk-in closet. Beautifully tiled floor, vaulted ceiling with chandelier, and thoughtfully placed entrances make the rotunda roomy and private, without the clutter of doors. There is even a soft bench inside. When one passes through the rotunda to the master bath, one finds a deep, jetted bathtub with an open view of Lake Coeur dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alene through two large windows. The spacious, glass enclosed, tile shower gives the illusion of having no doors, also offers a roomy air, and is complemented with two separate shower systems, each having a stylish rain shower head.

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And what about those double sinks? Robyn and Greg chose to separate theirs with a linen closet (the one door in the room), allowing each of them to have their own sink and plenty of personal counter space. Kelli and Mike Cordon simply designed their bathroom to match the modern theme and geometric angles of their home, and to fit the space. As there was no room for a

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from the master bedroom either, complementing the modern air of the entire home, and offering a spacious feel as well. The Cordons built their home, and when asked what they enjoyed most throughout the process, Kelli says it was the family bonds it helped to rekindle and strengthen. It helped them realize again, “Oh, yeah. I like you.” “I wouldn’t do it again tomorrow,” she says. “But, yeah. I’d do it again.”

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f you’ve ever considered growing a garden, you may have been disappointed with the quality of your Coeur d’Alene area soil. One reason for the low quality may be that, prior to building your home, the top soil— only slightly better than your current soil in most cases for this area— was scraped off by large excavation equipment. However, there is a much larger, and cataclysmic explanation. According to geologists, the lack of nutrient rich soil in our region—in some cases, a complete lack of soil at all—resulted from the bursting of an ice dam, some millions of year ago, which caused Glacial Lake Missoula to flood across North Idaho, and Eastern Washington, taking much of that quality soil with it. However, there are ways to replenish your soil so you can grow that beautiful organic garden you’ve envisioned. For a quick start, you may consider purchasing a soil/manure mixture from a local provider. This can be found at a good price, but you may need to shop around. And while you’re shopping, you’ll want to be sure the manure is from livestock that HAVE NOT been fed on ‘weed free’ hay. Herbicides are used on

weed free hay. These are not organic, and contaminate the manure. An essential element for a nutrient rich organic garden is compost. Composting is easy. In fact, with a little guidance and knowledge, a dedicated gardener can create a perfectly top quality compost in about 30 days, most of which is a simple matter of tossing kitchen scraps in the compost instead of the trash.

A few do’s and don’ts for your compost: Thing to use:

The smaller the better, chop these up:

>>Grass clippings/thin layers (no weed killer)

>>Kitchen Scraps (vegetables, fruits, peels)

For a fabulous resource, visit the Idaho Master Gardeners Program, an extension of the University of Idaho’s agricultural program. They may be found online at www.extension.uidaho.edu/kootenai or on location at 1808 North 3rd Street, in Coeur d’Alene.

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>>Egg Shells >>Large Fall Leaves >>Corn Cobs

Things to avoid:

>>Meat scraps >>Plastic >>Grass Clippings with weed killer >>Remains from black walnut (toxic) >>Charcoal ashes from the grill >>Anything with thorns

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122; PLANKIN Planking is a convenient exercise you can do anywhere. It builds full body strength, improves posture, and builds mental fortitude Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to track your progress with the plank. Simply try holding the plank a little longer each time.

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proper form. (If this position is too difficult from your toes, modify it by planking from your knees)

Low Plank: From the pushup position, carefully lower yourself onto your forearms with your elbows directly below your shoulders. Gently curl your hands together. Keep glutes and abs tight, pulling belly button toward the spine. Head

Side Plank: Lying on your side,

High Plank: Start in the pushup position with hands directly under your shoulders, finger pointing forwards, elbows pointing back. Squeeze the glutes. This places hips in the neutral position. Then tighten the abdominals to support and stabilize that position. Focus on pulling your belly button inward toward your spine while keeping your back and hips even/flat. Head stays in a neutral position, looking at the floor. Shoulders and back stay tight and strong, keeping shoulder blades apart. Hold this position as long as possible without losing

stays in a neutral position, as before, with shoulders and back tight and strong, keeping shoulder blades apart. Hold as long as possible without losing proper form. (Again, modify by planking from the knees)

prop yourself up on one elbow, with elbow directly below the shoulder and forearm against the floor in front of you in a comfortable position. Squeeze the glutes, tighten the abdominals, and press your hips into a side plank position, where the spine is in perfect alignment. Shoulders stay tight and strong. Head stays neutral, looking straight out in front. You may rest your non-supporting hand on your hip, or extend your non-supporting arm vertically directly above you, palm facing forward. Hold as long as possible without losing proper form. N

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ne commonly asked question I answer as a pharmacist is, “Where do I find your vitamin D?” Many of these customers have been tested and diagnosed with low levels of vitamin D by their doctor, and told to supplement themselves. However, many others have seen or heard from a so-called ‘trusted media outlet’ that vitamin D will fix whatever health problem they may have. There may be good medical reasons to increase D levels. Solid scientific studies have documented improvement in patients with certain medical conditions. Doctors experience some marginal success in treating depression, seasonal affective disorder, and fibromyalgia by supplementing select patients who test low for vitamin D. Research also suggests the possibility that cardiovascular disease and diabetes may be associated with chronically low D levels. However, before heading out on your quest for the vitamin aisle, please consider the following. In the Inland Northwest, long, warm clothing is frequently needed, and although the UV rays from the sun that help our bodies make vitamin D naturally can pass through clouds,

they cannot pass through clothing, or even windows. Exposing your head and arms to an extra 15-20 minutes of sunshine 3-4 times a week can be enough to raise D levels without supplementation. Tanning beds, however, are not recommended, and are associated with risks of skin cancer—so don’t get any bright ideas. If sunlight is insufficient, consider increasing—with moderation—your vitamin D by way of dietary choices. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna are full of vitamin D. Cheese, eggs and even fortified grain cereals can all work with the sun to keep your D levels higher. The FDA recommends around 600 International Units (UI) per day of dietary vitamin D for most adults, ages 19-70. If blood tests still show low levels, over-the-counter supplements are common in 400 IU to 10,000 IU pills. Costs may vary from $10-$15 per bottle for a quality product. Consult your health care team to determine how much extra D you may need. Researchers are currently working to further understand the complete scope of vitamin D’s potential benefits in our overall health. Its role in calcium regulation is well known,

which is why milk is so frequently fortified with D, but recent studies indicate vitamin D receptors exist in nearly every major body organ, suggesting D plays a role in our bodies through mechanisms we do not yet fully understand. This lack of information lends itself to widespread and unwise speculation about dosing quantities and use. Vitamin D is not a cure-all. Be careful what and who you choose to believe. The FDA will require more studies to be completed on vitamin D’s unknown range of function relating to chronic disease states. In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to roll up your sleeves and head outside. Let your skin do the work, and go make some vitamin D.

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>> Slate Creek: For Jason

and Ryan Wing of Slate Creek Brewing Company, the joy of craft beer is not only found in drinking it, but in both the science and the art of the brewing. Although there are four main ingredients in brewing beer— water, malt, barley, and hops—these brothers don’t believe in limiting the possibilities. One example of this was an experimental beer Jason created out of sheer curiosity and called Superfreak, because it had “everything in it but the kitchen sink.” Adventurous by nature, the Wing brothers are always eager to try something new. “We’re always learning,” Jason says. “It can always get a little better.” When discussing the science of all things Slate Creek, Ryan explains

that their Harper’s Stout was originally brewed in his daughter’s closet. “It was the only place in the house,” he says, referring to a time prior to opening the brewery. “Where the temperature was consistently 68 degrees.” The science is about processes, measurements, temperatures, and ratios. Says Jason, it’s also about “reverse engineering a specific taste I have in mind.”

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something original. Something that connects with the audience on an individual level, and brings a sense of fulfillment to the artist. Jason and Ryan Wing grew up

When it comes to the art involved in Slate Creek brewing, Ryan says that although the science is necessary, there’s also “a whimsy to it.” A freedom to test limits of the artist’s imagination, to stretch boundaries of their skill. Like any art, whether it be painting, writing, cooking, or brewing, the joy is in creating something new,

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in an adventurous family, and, being very close in age, often shared interests. “We’ve always gotten along pretty well,” says Jason. So, when the opportunity came to open Slate Creek Brewery, it just made sense that they do it together. Jason comes from a law and entrepreneurial background, while Ryan, first earning his keep in the construction industry, eventually landed a position with a local Fire Department, where he still serves. Walk into Slate Creek Brewery and you are walking into a place where the north Idaho outdoors matters; right down to the selection of craft beers—Salmon Run, Mountain Monk, Alpenglow Amber, and Paddleboard Porter to name a few. You’ll find friendly, mild Coeur d’Alene hospitality, outdoor photos on the walls, and even a wooden canoe hanging over the taproom entrance. There’s nothing about Slate Creek that doesn’t say “proud Idaho micro brewery.”

>> Mad Bomber:

The soft white of rough cut pine tables contrasts perfectly the dim lighting typical of a taproom. Music mingles

Jason Wing ~ Slate Creek Brewing

Brian & Tom Applegate ~ Mad Bomber Brewing

with the buzz of conversing patrons. A few men and women laugh together across the round bar over shared stories and light hearted comments. A couple sit together at a corner table dressed in biking leather as if passing through. Several others come and go. There’s a fireplace with a couch and soft chairs nearby, a bookshelf stacked with an assortment of board games and books. The décor is US Army EOD/Bomb Squad—bomb detection device, flack vest, belt of ammo, photos of fallen buddies gracing the walls. A Velcro name plate reads, Applegate—but the mood is mellow, cheerful. This is Mad Bomber Brewing Company.

an’s sporting a Selkirk Abbey T-shirt and Slate Creek hat, and drinking from a Laughing Dog glass. It seems he’s promoting every micro brewery but his own. And why not, they’ve all had a hand in Mad Bomber’s success. They’re all part of the same community.

Tom Applegate, thick beard, baseball cap, bar towel swinging from his back pocket, wanders the taproom, engaging customers as he would old friends. He laughs easily at their replies, and offers to introduce them to yet another of Mad Bomber’s selection of freshly brewed craft beers.

For example, the tap handles were handcrafted of purple heart wood and donated by one patron, as was one of the pine tables. Much of the funding for Mad Bomber came from donations through Kickstarter, and they had over one thousand Facebook Likes before they ever opened their doors. One local micro brewery even gave Mad Bomber some much needed equipment on the agreement that they’d pay it forward to another

Tom’s brother, Brian, stands behind the bar, chuckling with the crowd there as he fills a glass. Bri-

In fact, ask Tom or Brian Applegate what makes Mad Bomber Brewery so successful, and they’ll give you the same answer; The community. “This community has welcomed us with open arms,” Tom says. “They’re building the brewery around us, and we have nothing to do with it. We just make beer.”

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brewery when they no longer needed it. To show their gratitude, the Applegate brothers guarantee, as long as they’re working, the door at Mad

Bomber will be unlocked, and they’ll be willing to serve up craft beer and enjoy some conversation. And they work hard to offer the best beer they can craft, from products purchased

from local businesses. “I can’t expect people to buy local beer,” says Tom. “If I’m buying everything from [a mega corporation].” Although Tom Applegate is a US Army Bomb Squad veteran, and a patriot, he says the military EOD décor is just that, décor. “The only thing we take seriously here,” he says, “is the beer.” And, as if to prove his point, a young couple picks a board game from off the bookshelf to enjoy with their beer. “Scrabble,” Tom laughs. “I love to see that!”

>> Selkirk Abbey:

Jeff Whitman, a half empty glass in hand, offers me a beer. I politely decline, and he asks why. “I don’t drink,” I say. I think he’s only half teasing when he says he’s not sure he still wants to talk with me, but he leads me back and gives me the tour anyway. “I was a good sailor,” Jeff says. “I drank a lot, and fought a lot.” But the Navy was never all he cared about. Well into his training as a

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Russian Linguist, Jeff met a girl. He requested permission to marry her, and was denied. Jeff married her anyway—is still married to her— and as a result was removed from linguistics training and forced into the world of computer technology. He blames the brewery on his wife; she’d given him some brewing equipment as a gift one year. Jeff opened Selkirk Abbey while still working a full time job as a computer technician, a job he had grown to hate—he’d taken a pay cut three times after his original employer was bought out. “You just don’t treat your people like that,” he says, and tells of an old blue Cadillac his father owned when Jeff was around six years old. He’d learned that his father had sold the vehicle. “When I asked him why,” says Jeff. “He said, ‘I’ve got to pay my troops. Without my troops I’ve got nothing.’” Jeff takes a drink from his glass. “I’ve never forgotten that,” he says. “He was a good man.” I watch as Jeff walks to a device and checks something I don’t see nor

understand. “He hated my guts,” he says, a little humor in his voice. “I mean, I know he loved me. But he didn’t like me. We were too much alike.” He gets quiet for a moment. The white noise of a large cooler fan fills up the empty spaces. He’s looking around the brewery, but not really seeing what’s there. Jeff says he visited his father just before he passed on. He was lying in a bed, Jeff standing near him. “Jeff,” his father said, “I wish you weren’t so far away.” “I’m not, Dad,” Jeff said. “I’m right here.” “So you are, Jeff,” he chuckled softly. “So you are.” Jeff turns to me, briefly. “That’s the last conversation we had,” he says, and looking around again, nods approvingly. “I think he’d be proud.” Then he looks at me again and, with a big grin, raises his glass. “He’d certainly drink the beer,” he laughs.

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man steps up to the microphone dressed like a maitre d’, black shirt and slacks, though he does not work here. He taps the mic with his finger—“Test. Test.”—then clears his throat. It is his privilege to introduce local author Michael B. Koep for an evening read. “There is nothing typical about our guest this evening,” he begins, and he’s absolutely right. The man continues to describe the many facets of Koep’s artistic and free spirited lifestyle (poet, painter, musician, vocalist, swordsman, engineer, traveler, designer, husband, father, friend), including many of Koep’s defining qualities. And “in an attempt to be all encompassing, and to satisfy our base need for a sense of understanding,” the man dubs Mr. Koep, ‘Artist.’ Koep reads from his current work-in-progress, Part Two of The Newirth Mythology. Part One of the Newirth Mythology; The Invasion of Heaven, was released in 2013. Part

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computer? But there’s one question that really makes Koep smile; “Where do you write?...” “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit,” and although Koep is no Bilbo Baggins—a writer himself— and his writing place is in not in the ground, it is, however, a Hobbit hole. “And that,” says Mr. Tolkien, “means comfort.” By TOBY REYNOLDS Photography by BENJAMIN POWELL

Two, yet to be titled, is slated to hit the bookshelves Fall of this year (2014). At the end of his read, Koep leaves the audience with a riveting not-quite conclusion, explaining, “If I read one more line, it will ruin the book for you.” This is perfect for opening the floor for questions. There are the usual questions a writer is undoubtedly asked at such events; Are you currently working on anything? Where do you get your ideas/inspiration? Typewriter or

Stepping through the ornate round door of Koep’s office, it’s easy to see why he works here. It’s not that the lighting and temperature are perfect. It’s not the collection of swords and fighting gear, the antique piano, nor the shelves of books from Tolkien, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and many others that encircle the room. It’s not the unique collage of draping burlap and other cloth that lines the ceiling and walls, or even the sound of Zeppelin on vinyl resonating from the improvised library loft. What keeps Koep writing here is the fact that all of these things come together in a culmination of creativity that


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seems to seep out and into the air. This is the feeling of imagination, of creativity. And it’s so thick, so real, you breathe it. One would feign swipe a handful into a pocket to

carry away home, hoping, perhaps not in vain, to harness its power and create a beautiful work of their own. This is Koep’s ‘safe place’. Though to say so is to contradict oneself, as


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I COULD PROBABLY COUNT ON MY FINGERS THE NUMBER OF FISH I’VE CAUGHT. That’s not to say my father never took me fishing. We’ve fished from the banks of plenty of rivers and streams, and small lakes, and I’ve reeled in a few keepers. But trolling on Lake Coeur d’Alene for Chinook Salmon is a whole new experience, and one I’m glad I took the opportunity to enjoy.

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t’s late November when we finally schedule our fishing trip. Photographer, Benjamin Powell, has joined us today, and I’ve invited friend and fellow CrossFitter, Brett Bauer to come along to do the fishing—an opportunity he questions because it seems to good to be true, and because he was planning to go steelhead fishing today, but will now just have to fish steelhead tomorrow. Today is all about Chinook Salmon. The air is cool, and we’re glad to see the boat is covered and heated. Captain Jeff Smith, of Fins & Feathers, goes about his work with a light attitude, assuring us fish today without making any actual promises. He’s a man that knows his business; he understands that sometimes the fish just don’t bite, but also knows the value of keeping the mood hopeful and bright. The water is indeed like glass as we creep out of the marina and

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into a pale sun veiled in thick fog that promises a day of blue skies. It’s not long before we’re across the lake, out of the fog, and Jeff is on the back of the boat prepping the gear.

you topics—where are you from, what do you do—and tell a funny story or two. We’re all glancing at the rods, anticipating, but there’s no action yet. After a while, Jeff and

the deck snapping photos. This is the biggest fish either one of us has ever pulled out of the water. He’s a Chinook Salmon. He measures in at nineteen inches, and Jeff says, to our

going to get a big one, and “We’reyou’re not going to know what to do.” I’ve got lots of questions, and Jeff answers with terms like outriggers, spinners, hoods, boards, test, and lures. He talks about depths, and temperatures, record catches, and legal sizes and limits. We’ve got four lines in the water, two baited with hooded haring, and two with lures when we retire to the warmth of the cabin. We discuss the usual get-to-know-

Brett step out onto the deck again to check rods and lines.

dismay, “He’s just a little guy. We’ll have to put him back.”

“Bite,” Jeff yells, and points to a fishing rod. Brett grabs up the pole, gives a quick tug to set the hook, and begins reeling.

Brett and I are a little shocked, but, although the fish goes back in the drink, it doesn’t reduce Brett’s enthusiasm. He shrugs and smiles as if to say, “That means there’re bigger fish out there.”

From the bend in the rod, it looks like a big one. Our Captain reaches out over the side and scoops up the catch in his net. Brett and I smile at one another. Ben moves about

Jeff and Brett check and set all the lines again, and we make a few more passes over the area with not luck. It

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“Bite. Bite! BITE!” NONE OF US KNOWS WHAT TO DO.

“GET OUT HERE!” JEFF CRIES, NO DOUBT THINKING WE’RE GOING TO LOSE THIS ONE.

seems this ‘little guy’ was all alone. So, we make our way down to fish another area.

says. “Was boats on trailers, and lots of fishing rods. So I opened a tackle shop.”

The fishing is slow here, too, but we pass the time well. I ask Jeff how he got started with his tackle shop. His answer is interesting, and simpler than I’d imagined.

Brett Bauer came to the area from Colorado, and teaches the Fourth Grade. When asked what brought him here, he laughs. “Google,” he says. “We knew what we were looking for. A friend heard we were looking at Montana, and said we had to look at Coeur d’Alene. We Googled it.” Brett lifts his hands outward, taking in the mountains, the lake, the fishing. The experience itself. “It has everything we want.”

“The building came available,” he says, speaking of the shop he is still in. “It wasn’t a bad location. Not great, but not bad.” Jeff saw it as an opportunity, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. One weekend he took his lawn chair and cooler down to that corner and just sat there watching the world go by. “What I saw,” he

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He looks at the world through his lenses, especially nature, and says, “How does anyone get more artistic than that?” Over the next several hours Brett reels in three more ‘little guys,’ each one smaller than the last. It’s late afternoon and our Captain, seeing our spirits hit a low, pipes up. “You just wait,” he says, as light hearted as ever. “We’re going to get a big one, and you’re not going to know what to do.” Jeff points the bow West, and we slowly troll across the lake. As we approach the West shore, Jeff is out on the back, anticipating, while Ben, Brett and I converse inside where it’s warm. We glance up now and then to watch the tips of the rods, but nothings biting. Then Jeff hollers, “Bite! Bite! Bite!” Sure enough, none of us knows what to do. “Get out here!” Jeff cries, no doubt thinking we’re going to lose this one. Brett jumps up as if his legs have been asleep and stumbles out onto the deck. He takes up the rod with some effort. The fish is still on. The hook is set, and the work begins. Brett falls into a forward, backward rocking motion as he slowly works the Chinook closer and closer to the boat. Clearly, this is no ‘little guy.’ Jeff hollers again and rushes to another rod, but the fish is gone. Wasting no time, he drops that rod and moves back to help Brett. Brett’s breathing is strained, his jaw tight. Jeff proclaims he’s going to have to break out the big net for this one. I can’t hold back a whoop of excitement when I see dorsal and tail fins break through the surface of the water. Jeff maneuvers the net while Brett fights to bring the fish in. Jeff

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misses twice when the fish runs with the line. Then, finally, the mighty Chinook tires. He’s netted and brought on board to measure in at twenty-four inches. It’s a keeper. “A long day of nothing,” Brett says. “Then you catch a fish like that, and suddenly it’s the best day of fishing you’ve ever had.”

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I notice an almost mischievous laughter in Captain Jeff Smith’s eyes. The day has played out just as he said. And I begin to wonder if he’s some kind of prophetic, nautical sage. When Jeff returns to the other rod, we discover half of the hooded haring is gone—bitten off in one strike— leaving a bare hook. We’re not sure how that’s possible, but we’re certain it had to have been one big fish. And although it seems cliché, it also seems fitting that we’ve just been witness to the perfect fish story, to include the one that got away.

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ob and Gene Eilmas celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary and their 86th birthdays this year. One might expect them to be in an assisted living facility, or wheelchairs, or walking with a cane at least. Perhaps, they have family nearby to tend to their needs. But this is not the case. In fact, not only are Bob and Gene independent and capable, they’re amazingly vibrant for their years. On one occasion while visiting the Eilma’s, our photo shoot was

interrupted when a couple young fellows from a lawn care service came to the door offering to thatch, fertalize and mow their lawn. “No. No thank you,” Gene says. “Bob already does that.” And she’s not kidding. Not only does he thatch, fertalize, and mow their lawn, but he weed-eats and edges too. Not to mention all the work they do in their garden, flower beds, and keeping their home spotless. What’s their secret? Well, when you don’t find them working in their yard, it’s likely they’re at the gym.

such a muscular, V-shaped back. “I workout at Jack LaLanne’s,” he says. “You should check it out.” Bob pays ten dollars a month at Jack LaLanne’s until his money runs out, after which he tells Jack he’ll have to quit. Jack, The Godfather of Fitness, promptly takes Bob aside and tells him, “You’re not quitting. You’re too dedicated.” Instead, Jack has Bob clean the gym for membership. Over the next

In the early 1940’s, while Gene is busy riding her bicycle all over Kentucky, Bob is riding his bicycle up and down the California coast, from Oakland to Sacramento, with the Boy Scouts of America. Eating right and being active is important to both their parents, so in 1944, Gene takes a trip to California with her mother, who then writes home to her father, “Honey, sell the house. I’m not coming home. I’ve found paradise.” This same year, Bob asks a Metal Shop classmate how he’s gotten SUMMER/FALL 2014 73

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“Love is forever,” Bob says, and Gene agrees. “And that’s another reason to go to the gym. It keeps you young. You really are only as old as you feel.”

four years, Jack becomes a lifelong friend, and bodybuilding becomes Bob’s passion—he never misses a workout, not even on Christmas and New Years day. In one year, Bob grows from a skinny, 6 feet tall, 135 pound teenager to a muscular 185 pound bodybuilder. Before his 20th birthday, Bob weighs in at 218 pounds with 15 inch arms and a 51 inch chest. Reminiscing a moment, Bob asks, “Do you remember Reg Park?” referring to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding icon. Bob explains that before he got famous, “Reg came and worked out with us for a while. We were working out with some of the greats, like Steve Reeves and Jimmy Payne. He couldn’t believe some of the stuff these guys were doing. Reg took everything he learned back to England with him.” “Steve Reeves,” Gene sighs. “What a man. He was body beautiful.” By 1950, Bob has returned from military service and is working at a grocery store. Gene and her mother work right next door. One day Gene’s mother walks in from the grocery store and asks her, “Have you seen those two bodybuilder boys next

door?” Gene says she hasn’t, and her mother replies, “You should.” Bob is so distracted by Gene when she comes through his register, that he over charges her, but doesn’t tell her. Seven weeks after they start dating—and while Gene’s mother is out of town—Bob and Gene get married. “We figured we’d better do it quick,” Gene says. “We knew my mother would try to stop us. She even came home a week early.” Years later, once all their children are in school, Gene starts going to the gym consistently. “Any gym he ever went to, I went to,” she says. “As soon as we could go together.” And that is still true today. Although, with age, the motivations to go to the gym may change—Bob’s not bodybuilding anymore, not looking for a 1 rep max, and Gene’s content with maintaining her health—the results are still the same. “Jack LaLanne used to say,” Bob explains. “’I hate working out. But I love the results.’ I’d say the same. I like the results.” Gene says, “I used to work in a garden like a man; digging up trees,

moving trees. I never had to watch my weight. I just controlled my food. As you get older, though, if you don’t work out, you lose.” During the photo shoot, Benjamin Powell asks if they’re a romantic couple. They squeeze one another and laugh, a healthy sparkle in their countenance. “Yes we are,“ Gene says. “We sit on our love seat and hold hands every night while we watch TV.” “Love is forever,” Bob says, and Gene agrees. “And that’s another reason to go to the gym. It keeps you young. You really are only as old as you feel.” You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to live a long and healthy lifestyle. You don’t even have to like working out, but with a well planned exercise program, you’re guaranteed to like the results. If it’s motivation you’re lacking, just go have a chat with Bob and Gene Eilmas. You can bet they’ll ask if you’re working out. And, if you’re not, and you’re younger than they are, you’re going to feel guilty. And guilt can be a powerful motivator.

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living on a prayer and a coin. By TOBY REYNOLDS Photography by BENJAMIN POWELL

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e live in a fast paced world. We are surrounded by conflict, frustration, tragedy, war, wickedness and doubt. Indeed these things are more prevalent than ever before in the history of the earth. It is a world where, for one who is searching, relief may be difficult to find. This is the story of two men who have found peace through faith and prayer. Ron Nilson wasn’t always, what he’d call a man of faith. He recalls being taught as a child about God, but admits he’d never really felt God’s influence on his life. That began to change when Ron was 55 years old. Ron’s friend, Tom—a man Ron truly looked up to--asked him one day, “Ron, what are you doing with your power and influence?” Ron didn’t understand what he meant, and so simply replied, “I don’t know.” Tom explained that he’d been meeting with a group of men who were studying self-improvement books in an effort to become better husbands, fathers, and leaders, and invited Ron to join them. This was not a Bible study, but after about a

year of attending these meeting, Ron started a personal quest to build a relationship with God. About this time, Tom’s young son died in a tragic accident. Ron recalls, “I remember standing on the lawn outside [Tom’s] house, crying. I wanted to help lighten his load, but realized at that moment, there was really nothing I could do.” Tom stepped over to Ron, hugged him, and said, “Ron, because of what you and I know, I didn’t have to say goodbye to my son today. Instead, I just got to say, ‘I’ll see you later, buddy.’” Tom has since gone to be with his son, but Ron will never forget the influence Tom had on him. Ron has a portrait of his friend as a reminder of

Tom’s faith. He also carries a coin in his pocket, a prayer coin, to remind him not only to pray, but to live his faith. And he expects his employees to hold him accountable. “If I’m not living what I preach,” Ron says. “I expect my guys to let me know.” Ron Nilson is CEO of Ground Force. He received the Businessman of the Year award in 2013. Says Ron, “I’m an ordinary guy who’s in way over his head.” For Sean Henry of Rock & Water in Hayden, Idaho, prayer and faith in God have been a major source of direction and peace. When Ron Nilson handed Sean a prayer coin, Sean says, “I took it as a friendship from another brother that’s like having him call and encourage me that day.” It was a meaningful gift

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that said to Sean, “Put this in your pocket. We’re all really busy, and we’re running crazy, and sometimes we need a reminder to stop; ‘Be still and know that I am God.’” Among the many experiences Sean has had that strengthened his faith, and brought him peace, perhaps none strengthened him more than a plane crash in a Montana airport. Surprisingly, even to Sean, his surviving the crash was not the thing that mattered to him. It was the overwhelming abundance of actual peace he experienced as the plane went down that meant the most. Sean had been flying a lot for work. He was preparing for another trip to Montana the next day when, to his surprise, he felt that he should prepare a survival kit. When he told his wife about these feelings, she asked why. “I don’t know,” he said. “I guess I just feel there’s a chance our plane could go down sometime. And I need to be prepared.” Little did he know his plane would go down the very next day. Sean was seated with his back to the front of the aircraft. It was extremely cold that day as they passed over the mountains and began their approach. Sean noticed through the windows, a layer of thick ice on the wings, and wondered if that was normal. Almost immediately after, Sean says, “The tail just dropped, and the engines were sputtering.” He knew then that they were going to crash, but he says, “I wasn’t afraid. I wasn’t thinking about my life, or my family.

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The only thing I was thinking was, ‘Here I come, Jesus.’” He admits how weird it might sound, but the truth is he was excited. “I was about to meet God.” He explained it as feeling like he was jumping off a cliff into the water and into the open arms of his loving father. Yes, Sean had the prayer coin in his pocket, and, yes, he survived with no serious injuries. But Sean makes it quite clear that there was no more power in that prayer coin to save his life, than there is power in a stone retrieved from a street side gutter and placed under a pillow for a prayer rock. God answers prayers. Coins and rocks do not. But they can serve as a powerful reminder to not set aside the truly important things in life. The things that bring true peace.

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AMERICAN

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 $/$$$

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 www.eatatelmers.com 208-665-7148 $/$$

Scratch At our upscale restaurant, we offer contemporary fine dining with something for everyone. We change our menu every couple of months, and it can be viewed on our website. Now open for breakfast, lunch & dinner! 501 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID www.scratchcda.com 208-930-4762 $$/$$$

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 www.seasonsofcda.com 208-664-8008 $/$$$

I TA L I A N

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. www.cdacasino.com The CdA Casino Resort, ID 800-523-2464

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 www.angelosristorante.net 208-765-2850 $/$$$

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MEDITERRANEAN

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 www.whitehousegrill.com 208-777-9672 $$/$$$

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 www.thecellarcda.com 208-664-9463 $$/$$$

SEAFOOD

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 www.fishermansmarketcda.com 208-664-4800 $/$$

STEAKHOUSE

Chinook Our USDA Prime Beef undergoes a 28-day aging process, which includes a full 14 days of dry-aging, double the time of most prime beef. The CdA Casino Resort, ID www.cdacasino.com 800-523-2464 $$$

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 www.texasroadhouse.com 208-664-1903 $$/$$$

SPOKANE AREA

Masselow’s 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 $$/$$$

SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Capones Located in the Coeur d’Alene midtown area, just 7 blocks from the lake. 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 www.caponespub.com 208-667-4873 $/$$

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

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