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Since Nspire Magazine first started — can you believe it’s been two years already? — it has been our pleasure to be bombarded with tales of adventure from our readers. We’ve heard stories about your favorite hiking route, your trips to Alpine lakes and even of your determination to get out and ski more this winter. It’s wonderful for us to hear from you and to see that you have accepted our invitation.

What? You didn’t know you were invited? Well, since that might be the case, allow me to make it official. Nspire Magazine is your open invitation to get up, get out and go do something worthwhile. If you find a certain story particularly enticing, get out there and experience it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did. In preparation for this issue of Nspire Magazine, I was introduced to the Cougar Bay Preserve — you’ll get to read about it in this issue — and I enjoyed it so much it has become a favorite run route of mine when I’m short on time and need something quiet and close. I’ve even taken my family running there with me. Also, my family and I have been so inspired by the ski stories from our past winter/spring 2015 issue, that we are finally planning our first-ever ski trip for this winter (praying/hoping/ begging/dancing for snow).

In this issue of Nspire Magazine you’ll visit an old growth forest, take a ride on the wind, meet a bronze sculptor and get some great pasta recipes. You’ll join Benjamin Powell on his adventure to the Seven Devils and lock arms with some sea kayakers on their journey to experience the wonders of the San Juans. Whether it’s exercising for the backcountry or heading downtown for a community event, these are all invitations for you to enjoy your own experiences. Read it. Love it. You can even tell us about it. But get out there and live an Nspired life. You are on the guest list. RSVP not required.



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2nd Fridays Nov. - Dec.

Stroll through beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene galleries and shops to enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists from 5-8 p.m.

Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 27 Watch as the parade entries light up the street with marching bands, floats, music and the best fireworks display in the Northwest!

Festival of Trees

Nov. 27 - 30 Friday d’Lights, Senior Social, Festival Gala, Family Day, Luncheon and Dinner Fashion show at the Coeur d’Alene Resort

Great American Trailer Park Christmas

Nov. 27 - Dec 20 It’s holiday

time down in Armadillo Acres, and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer.

Christmas With Friends

Nov. 27 - Dec. 20 A musical revue featuring: Mark Cotter, Jack Bannon and Laura Sable, directed by Roger Welch at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

The Commodores

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Traditions of Christmas

Dec. 10-23 Produced by Laura

Little Theatrical Productions. A musical journey of all the greatest Christmas songs and traditions from around the world.

Polar Bear Plunge

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crazy people and plunge into the icy winter waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. In January! Google it!

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Hangover Handicap Fun Run

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Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan

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entertainment, giveaways, and fireworks at the CdA Casino!

this race on New Year’s day. This is a 5 mile, easy run down beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene Dr.

Jan. 17 Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan are delighting old and new fans across the country on their highly successfulGrits and Glamour tour.


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Music Walk

4th Fridays Jan. - April

Downtown Coeur d’Alene rocks with a variety of live musical performances from local favorites to visiting artists throughout downtown’s many shops and bars!

All My Sons

Jan. 22 - Feb. 7 The shadow

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The Chocolate Affair Feb. 12 Coeur d’Alene’s popular

National Geographic Live Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 19

A new speaker series featuring award-winning photographers, filmmakers, scientists, and explorers on assignment for National Geographic.

Spokane Int’l Auto Show Feb. 12 - 14

The largest gathering of new cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs in the Inland Northwest. 27 auto manufacturers will be exhibiting! Find your next dream ride.

Maybe Baby

Mar. 4-20 Our 2015 resident


2nd Fridays April - May Stroll

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A Bright New Boise

April 22 - May 8 This winner of the 2011 Obie Award puts us in the bleak, corporate break room of a big box store in Idaho where someone is summoning The Rapture.

Lost in the 50s

May 14 - 17 Yep, it’s Sandpoint’s

winter event! Dozens of shops and beautiques offer chocolate samples while shopping throughout the Downtown.

playwright brings his romantic comedy about a couple’s difficulties trying to conceive a child to the stage.

biggest party of the year, with hundreds of classic cars on parade and on show throughout downtown with parties, music, and dancing!

Morris Day & The Time

Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show

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Day has always had a flair for fashion and a love for rhythm and blues. In junior high, he played drums in a band with Prince.

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Chef Steve Van Zeveren started cooking in 1999 at Napoli Fine Italian Food in Vallejo, California. He moved to North Idaho with his family  in 2012, bringing with him his passion for creating authentic Italian dishes from scratch. He believes in pairing great wines with amazing food. CHEF STEVE’S PASTA

»» 8 oz penne pasta (pre cooked) »» 6 oz chicken breast sliced »» 2 tbsp gorgonzola cheese »» 2 tbsp diced Roma Tomatoes »» 1 tbsp unsalted butter »» 2 tbsp grated Parmesan »» 1.5 oz spinach »» Garnish (optional) »» 2 oz bread crumbs »» 2 oz shredded mozzarella Heat 2 oz of olive oil in a saute pan. When hot, saute chicken until completely seared. Deglaze with white wine. Add cream, butter & parmesan, heat on medium and let reduce until thickened. Add spinach, tomatoes and penne, and toss. Top with bread crumbs and mozzarella and place in a 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.

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spring pasta

Photos by Ellie Grey

Chef Jason Rex is a 40-year Idaho native, and has been cooking for 25. He opened Scratch seven years ago, and is known for incorporating fresh local ingredients in his recipes, including homegrown peaches from his very own trees.


SPRING PASTA: »» 2 trimmed chicken breast »» 1/4 cup asparagus »» 1/4 cup broccoli »» 1/4 cup sliced yellow onion »» 1/4 cup sliced red pepper »» 2 tbsp chopped garlic »» 1 cup baby spinach »» Salt and pepper to taste »» 2 tbsp olive oil »» 1/2 cup white wine »» 1/4 cup butter »» 1/4 cup goat cheese »» 1/4 cup red grapes sliced in half

In a hot large skillet add olive oil and diced chicken and brown. Add garlic, onions, peppers and sweat for 2 minutes. Add broccoli and asparagus and cook for 1 minute on high heat. Add white wine and reduce by 1/2. Finish with goat cheese and butter. Fold in spinach and top with red grapes. (Use any style of your favorite gluten free pasta)

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amatriciana (ah-mah-tree-chana)


Photos by Ellie Grey

As a boy, Chef Angelo always told his friends in school that he would own a restaurant some day. At 14, he was cooking at D’Andreas Italian Restaurant in Seattle. Angelo spent thirty years working at many fine restaurants, allowing him a diverse back ground in fine dining. Angelo chose this recipe because it’s an old Roman dish that sings Italia, and it’s one of his favorites. BUCATINI AMATRICIANA »» Pancetta, Onion and Tomato Sauce »» Buccatini or Percatelli Pasta »» 1/2 cup Pancetta »» 1 small White or Yellow Onion »» 1 1/2 cups Chrushed Tomato Puree »» 2 tbsp Italian Parsley chopped »» 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes

Get the water on and turn on the heat for the pasta (Follow recommendations on package). Dice up Pancetta and lightly sauté until fat rendered and almost done, remove from pan and set aside. Dice medium onion and sauté with some of the Pancetta Fat and a little olive oil until transparent. Add back Pancetta, Italian Parsley and Chili flakes. Add Crushed Tomato Puree. Finish with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and cover with bowl or pan until ready to serve or 45 seconds.

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gnocchi with pears & brussel sprouts


Photos by Elle Grey

Chef Adam Hegsted comes with a passion for creativity in the kitchen. He wants people to recognize that “we are creating great food” in Coeur d’Alene. Chef Adam chose this recipe “because it’s a great fall comfort food using seasonal fall ingredients.” GNOCCHI »» 1.5 pounds Russet potato »» 6 each Egg Yolks »» 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, grated »» pinch Nutmeg »» pinch Sea Salt »» pinch Black Pepper »» 1.5 cups All Purpose Flour PEARS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS »» 1 tbsp Butter or Oil »» 1 tbsp Garlic(chopped) »» 1 cup Brussels Sprouts (halved and blanched or roasted) »» 1/2 cup Diced Pear »» 1/2 cup White Wine »» 1 pint Heavy Cream »» 1/2 cup Shaved Parmesan »» 1 tsp Kosher Salt »» 1 tsp Black Pepper (ground fresh)

Saute garlic in butter or vegetable oil until garlic blooms and starts to turn light brown. Add brussel sprouts and diced pear. Saute lightly. Deglaze with white wine, reduce by half. Add heavy cream, season with salt and pepper. Reduce by half. Blanch Gnocchi to reheat, add to sauce and toss or stir lightly. Plate Gnocchi in bowls with parmesan cheese on top to garnish.

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By TARA HOWE Silver Mountain / Photo by Benjamin Powell


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Mount Spokane


he audible scrape of pine needles across nylon, the gentle pressure of tree limbs pushing against your body, the heaviness of gravity counterbalanced by the lift of powder, your knees weaving you in and out of shaded green and filtered light; this is the pulse to live for. Skiing through the glades, between the labeled and rated slopes, remains a world just outside of the mundane. In here, there is magic. In here, there is only breath and motion. But how do you get “in here” when the snow is all but gone? Terrain park: the best secret right out in plain sight on your local ski hill. You’ve seen it on YouTube: bodies flying high over jumps, impossibly suspended in air and landing softly on silky snow as if it was nothing at all to make this great leap. Kids jumping up on boxes and rails, gliding effortlessly through the familiar half pipe. If you haven’t, that’s all the more reason to get up

close and personal with the skiers and snowboarders who ride these parks. The rush of adrenaline, jump line in sight, sinking into the landing, breath cold and fast in your lungs. You get to feel this even when you are the one watching. The skiers and boarders who ride

awe and just simply marvel. And marvel you should. But what if you decided to take it one step further? You wake up one morning and the powder is nowhere to be found. But even on granular days, the terrain parks have their own snow machines and grooming equipment.

In here, there is magic. In here, there is only breath and motion. these parks are nothing short of amazing. The tricks are out of this world. It is worth a few hours to watch. Up close, you realize what it really takes to catch this kind of air and how much internal fortitude to hit all these hard features with full commitment. It’s enough to sit in

They remain winter playgrounds no matter the conditions. Just around the corner — at the base of Schweitzer Mountain, Lookout Pass, Silver Mountain and Mt. Spokane — are a host of beginner features calling your name.


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A kid, not more than 18, sails through the atmosphere, leaving a 360-degree trail of icy powder behind him.

Silver Mountain / Photo by Benjamin Powell

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Remember when you were first learning to find your edge? Your beginner’s mind was focused on how to keep the tips of your skis from crossing, the front edge of the board from grabbing, and that inevitable catapult into the cold that made your choices real. What if leaping onto a platform now called that same attention into the present, the placement of your edge, everything once again? How would that feel? What about this sweet little jump at the base of the mountain where you could hit it over and over until it makes sense in your bones? There is magic in play, a freedom in releasing old expectations and creating new visions instead.


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WITH AN ORCA Very few events in life can actually be categorized as “once in a lifetime.” Viewing the ocean’s top predator, the orca (yes, they even eat sharks), from a sea kayak would certainly qualify. Fortunately, these amazing marine mammals can be found just a day’s drive from North Idaho near the San Juan Islands of Washington State.



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y friends and I decided to see if we could be one of the chosen few to experience orcas up close and personal. Our tour company, San Juan Outfitters, made it clear only about 20 percent of kayakers actually have the opportunity to kayak with these majestic creatures, given they travel about 100 miles per day. Thus, you must be in the right place at the right time.

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Our adventure began in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, where we met our guide, Alex. Alex is everything you would expect in a kayak guide: He is cheery, sports a beard that would put Grizzly Adams to shame, and gives the impression he really loves his craft beers. With just the right amount of humor, Alex instructs us on how to don our spray skirts and how to hold our paddles. We are, after all, about to embark on a fun and exciting excursion, even though the incredible currents and orcas do present some danger. (Note: there has never been a known attack by orcas on humans in the wild.) Once we were in our sea kayaks we pushed off and soon the fancy, yet rustic, Roche Harbor was in our wake. The kelp, with its long fronds, danced in the currents like a mermaid’s mane. We paddled past gorgeous homes and turned south along the sparsely inhabited west side of San Juan Island. According

to Alex, the Southern Resident killer whales frequent this side of the island because this is where their prey, Chinook salmon, is found. He also informed us that this population is critically endangered with only 81 whales left. Currently, there are four new calves, which is a saving grace considering it’s been more than two years since an orca calf has survived. Because of their dire situation, we were even more interested in observing these animals. Alex pointed out a bald eagle flying above our heads when we heard what sounded like a muffled gunshot. My heart raced when I saw five blows in the distance. Alex immediately told us to “raft up,” meaning to link arms, thus making it easier for the orcas to maneuver around us. With each surfacing we could see the whales coming closer. The males have a massive 6-foot dorsal fin that slices through the water like a samurai sword. It conjured up both excitement and fear within us.

Out of nowhere a whale surfaced about 30 feet off our bow.

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We could hear the exhale and inhale and see the white eye-patch and white belly just below the surface. She continued to swim by, followed by seven other orcas. One of the huge 30-foot males swam beneath us, angling his body just enough for his fin to miss our tiny kayaks. I could see his eye looking up at me. Sailors tell tales of looking into the eye of a whale, and I can now understand why. I was completely humbled in their enormous presence.

We watched them surfacing up the island away from us as we sat there, wallowing in amazement and wondering if that had truly just occurred. All at once, as if we had just come to, we erupted in cheers as we realized we were part of the chosen few. We had just experienced a single moment in the lives of these incredible animals and in doing so created a defining moment in our own. A once in a lifetime experience. N

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indy days in Coeur d’Alene often call me down to the water’s edge. In my ignorant youth, I’d been known

for swimming in the biggest storms. Eyeing the speed and distance of the thunderclouds as they drove in over the lake from the south, I was “careful” to get out of the water before the lightning got too close. Stupid, I admit, but there was something about the lake when the wind churned the water into a heaving body of white-caped turmoil that called to me. And it still does.

I found myself one breezy morning at the small beach near Independence Point, walking barefoot along the edge of the water, waves crashing in and washing up my calves. I was tempted to get in but it was early spring, the water was cold and I

wasn’t dressed for it. Instead, I settled for wading along the shore. I made my way to the steps of Independence Point, climbed up onto them and continued around toward the city beach. The waves came in hard against the concrete

stairs, splashing high into the air and coming down overhead, and making me laugh out loud from the shocking cold. As I approached the corner of the stairs, movement on the water caught my eye, and I glanced to the west. A man was out on the water, alone. He wore a helmet and wetsuit and had what I thought was a wakeboard strapped to his feet. Above him billowed an enormous kite, by which, he controlled his speed and direction over the choppy surface of the lake. I watched in amazement as he cut through the water, moving to the west so fast and so far that I feared he was leaving. Then, back he came, his kite full with wind, water spraying the air with every slap of his board across a white-capped wave. He was commander of his vessel, master of


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I couldn’t move. This was it. This was my new favorite sport.

the elements. And just as I began to wonder if he might be able to fly, he slapped his board off a wave, hauled in on his lines and launched into the air, soaring 15, maybe 20, feet above the water. I’d never seen anything like it. I couldn’t move. This was it. This was my new favorite sport. I absolutely had to talk to this guy. I had to know what this was, how to get started. What did I have to do? I must have

caught his eye while he was flying because as soon as he touched down again he headed straight for me. A thrill went through me as he approached. For a brief moment, I thought he might come right up onto the stairs. He got so close I could see his eyes, his individual teeth when he smiled. He was mere feet away when he pulled up. There was a momentary pause as his kite seemed to stall in the air. “Hey,” he said with

a grin, his voice barely audible in the wind. Then, he laid himself backward into the water, popped back up, and jetted off again to the west, leaving me in complete bewilderment and without answers. This was the first time I was to meet Jeff Yates, but, of course, I didn’t know it at the time. Since that day, the wind has continued to call me down to the water. But now, finally, I know why.


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I looked over his shoulder at the other kiter, who seemed to be struggling. “So, it’s not consistent?” I asked. “Nah!” he said. “It just suckers you out there and then dies on ya.” The disappointment that crossed his face was brief but deep as he looked out over the water, longing to return. Then, he packed up quickly, clearly in a rush to get somewhere, and headed to his vehicle. Ask Jeff, Andy, or even Cy Welk — whom I met further down the shore that day, and who was full of helpful and encouraging insight — and they’ll tell you kiteboarding takes a lot of training and a teacher before you should ever get on the water. They’ll also tell you it’s totally worth it.

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Now, on windy days, when the waves are choppy and there’s just enough white coming off their tops, you won’t find me at the water’s edge. In fact, you won’t find me anywhere near the water. N

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n ancient sustainable farming imethod is taking home gardening by storm. It’s called aquaponics and it doesn’t require compost or truckloads of fertile soil. It uses a continuous life cycle of circulating water from fish tanks. The system is quite simple. The water is used in soil-less crop growing structures and then filtered back into the fish tank. Fish waste by-products (ammonia and nitrates) help to grow the plants and the natural-filtered water supports the fish. These hydroponic structures can be built commercially or at home. Starter kits are available, but with a little research and planning you can build your own.


Several food items may be produced in an aquaponic system, including: Tilapia fish, herbs, red and green leaf lettuce, micro greens, romaine, spinach, kale, pak/ bok choi, Swiss chard, watercress, chives, basil, mint, wheatgrass, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, peppers, squash, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and onions. And this list keeps expanding. Aquaponic gardens are grown in a controlled environment by utilizing green houses or indoor systems with specialty LED or florescent lighting. This process brings fresh, nutrientrich produce or fish to your table, or to the market, year-round.

A simple way to build your own system indoors is by utilizing the water from an existing fish tank. Your gold fish will be happy to share. Start with some manageable seeds, like leafy lettuce, and place them approximately four inches apart in coco fiber and a grow tray. Set up a florescent or LED light with full-spectrum bulbs and a timer to control the amount of light plants get each day. Control your ambient temperature to approximately 75-80 degrees. Indoor temperatures are usually ideal. However, planning an ideal place in your home is recommended. Pour some water from your fish tank into the grow tray and watch the growing experience. As seedlings begin to sprout, transfer them, with coco fiber, into net pots, allowing the roots to stay intact and to expand. Then, transfer the net pots into a grow bed. This can be a floating grow bed, or PVC rack-type system. Water may be pumped from the fish tank through your aquaponic garden and pumped or gravity fed back into your fish tank. Within three to four weeks you may have yourself some fresh lettuce to serve at the dinner table. Conrad Konen has been growing with aquaponics for five years with great success. N


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ihen you hear or read about “the perfect diet,” you may notice that green leafy vegetables persistently earn superstar status, and for good reason. Green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It’s no wonder Popeye ate his spinach.

Great Green Options In addition to high levels of vitamin K, folate and vitamin E, green leafy vegetables are rich in “phytochemicals” or “plantchemicals.” These are the active constituents of plants that are revered for their added health bonus. Chlorophyll, the phytochemical that gives plants their green hue, has the ability to “hide” other pigmentations such as yellow and red. Think of it like a leaf in fall, as the chlorophyll drains from the leaf, it reveals its vibrant yellow, orange or red pigments. So, if you eat something green, you are getting a dose of mixed carotenoids like lycopene (what makes tomatoes red) and beta-carotene (what makes carrots orange). When you eat greens, you are eating a rainbow!


>> Lettuces

are primarily water and extremely low in calories, which is why they are also a common diet food. Although they are not the most nutritious greens out there, they are still a great and healthy food.

>> Dark, leafy greens

are the true powerhouses of the plant world, rich in minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium and loaded with the vital antioxidants that help our cells combat environmental stressors and toxins. These beauties help support the cardiovascular system, are loaded with fiber and are anti-inflammatory. Some of my favorites are collard greens, kale of any kind, mustard greens, spinach and Swiss chard.

>> Cabbages

are all full of fiber, which is good for our digestion and helps feed our gut bacteria. They are also celebrated for their anticancer benefits, as they contain more glucosinolates (a phytochemical) than any other vegetable. These sulfur-containing phytochemicals both increase the antioxidant load and defense in the body and support detoxification of chemicals and hormones. Cabbages are also rich in vitamins C and B6, biotin, potassium, and folic acid, among others. Other cabbage family

members are: broccoli, broccolini, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radishes and bok choy.

>> Foraged greens

are beginning to gain mainstream recognition. Whether foraged in your own garden or found at a farmer’s market, plants like stinging nettle and dandelion greens aren’t just weeds, but nourishing and healing herbs. Often, the whole plant can be used — flower, leaves, and roots — but be careful to make sure you know what you’re picking and eating. Other common wild greens are purslane, watercress and chickweed.

>> Herbs

are generally also leafy and green, so I thought they deserved a place here, too. Herbs are aromatic plants and have long been used as digestants, which aid in the digestive process and help relieve digestive discomfort. Adding fresh and dried herbs to your meals is the easiest and healthiest way to increase flavor, variety, and nutrients. If you’re concerned about eating too much salt, sugar and other flavor additives, herbs are your new BFFs. N


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Ireparing for a trek? While the best way to improve your hiking fitness is simply to go hiking, time, weather and health may not always allow for this. Here are a few exercises that will help prepare you for even the toughest trails. We’ve covered planks and squats in our Summer/Fall 2014, and Winter/ Spring 2015 issues. Those exercises help strengthen your core and give you a solid foundation. Now let’s look exercises that increase strength, endurance and agility for hiking. For that, we’ll focus on legs.

>> Step-ups

These can be done on any solid, raised surface (stairs, step-up box, park bench etc.). To execute, simply place one foot solidly onto the top of the box and raise yourself into a fully upright, standing position with hips and knees locked out, body fully erect and feet parallel on top of the box. Then, step down one foot at a time. Alternate with each repetition. This exercise targets the thighs,

glutes and hip flexors and builds great strength, balance and flexibility one leg at a time.

>> Walking lunges

These can be done indoors or outdoors. To execute, begin from a standing position, with hand on hips. Keeping the back foot stationary and chest and head high, step forward with one foot. This should be a medium-sized step that allows you keep the front knee over the ankle, not over the toes or behind the ankle. The back knee should be below, not behind or ahead of, the hips (the front shin and the thigh of the back leg should each create a vertical plane). Once in a good position, lower the back knee toward the ground. Remember to keep the chest high. The depth of the lunge should be determined at an individual level, but the back knee should only ever lightly touch the ground before rising and stepping forward with the back leg. For balance, it’s a good idea to bring your feet together momentarily before

stepping through into the next lung. Alternate with each repetition. This exercise targets the thighs, glutes and hip flexors, but with different results than the step-up. Generally, individuals experience more muscle soreness in the glutes after lunges. Be careful not to over do it. N


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ihen I first met Kevin Kirking he was coming off his 30th art show. He featured 10 bronze sculptures at the Garden of Artistry in Sandpoint. Today, he’s back in the studio in the shop behind his house working on seven more. Kevin is an accomplished sculptor of Western art. His bronze castings decorate homes and businesses across the country. Each piece not only honors Western and Native American life and culture, it mimics it. He researches his subject matter and with great attention to historical accuracy, he recreates it. Northwest wildlife, tribes, cowboys, battles. Kevin is as much a storyteller as he is a sculptor. “We are all about stories,” he says, settling into his workstation, where his seven unfinished pieces await his

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attention. “Our lives are grounded in them.” Kevin surveys his projects: A dancer on the shores of a lake, a desert scene, a golden retriever in the reeds, a bust of an old cowboy, a horse with a Native American rider, a Calvary horseman, and a rodeo bull. With Ella Fitzgerald singing in the background, he rolls his stool to his table and pulls the bull toward him. In about two months, it will be finished. He’ll call it “Getting the Run Around” and it will capture a typical rodeo scene. Until then, there’s much to do. He’s only now shaping the bull, getting the proportions down, the movement right. He calls it the grunt work; the hard part before the gratifying detail work. He reaches into a small crockpot and pulls out a chunk of gray molding clay. It’s warm and malleable. He pulls off a small piece and with his thumb works it into the side of the bull. Kevin sculpts with clay or wax. Bronzing comes later, in a foundry in Kalispell, Montana. Pull and press, pull and press. It’s almost rhythmic. And Kevin, who clearly is in his element, looks as if he’s been an artist all of his life. Except, he hasn’t.

Kevin didn’t study art in college. He didn’t struggle waiting for his big break. He didn’t starve. He was a businessman, a self-described serial entrepreneur who had a successful career in technology. It wasn’t until the early 1990s when he began to focus on sculpting. Then, it was just a hobby. His interest developed much earlier, though. As a kindergartener, in Mrs. Fawcett’s class, he sculpted a wolf’s head out of clay. “They were astounded by the accuracy,” he says. “I’ve always had an ability to create something in clay and get it accurate. As I got older, it was always in the back of my head that I wanted to do this.“ Kevin’s passion for Western art came about through multiple influencers. As a Boy Scout, he spent a lot of time outdoors around animals. He grew up hunting, fishing and camping. His cousin studied Native American culture. His uncle was a cattle rancher. His granddad traded horses. Kevin personally knew members of tribes from his time building interpretive programs for national parks. “I became more fascinated with it as I became more involved in it,” he says.


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When he retired in 2010, Kevin’s avocation became his new profession. He found quick success. The first piece he sold was the second piece he had ever sculpted professionally. It was called “Breaking Camp Early,” and it depicted a mama bear chasing a man up a rock. He sold it to a guy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for $2,450. He was exhilarated. “To see someone who would actually buy art,” he explains. “You hear about it, but it’s an ethereal thing.” He doesn’t do it for the money. But the sales, he says, fuel his passion and keep him going. His eyes light up when he talks about his work. He’s relaxed. He’s smiling. He is a man doing exactly what he was meant to do. It’s been a month since I met Kevin. I’ve returned to his studio to see how his pieces were progressing. He escorts me through his house to his shop out back. We pass several bronze sculptures on tables and on walls. They’re all his. He calls his house his “quasi gallery.” In his shop, behind his boats, dirt bikes and other toys, is his brightly lit studio. Many of the same pieces line his workstation. But there are new ones, too. Today, Kevin is listening to smooth jazz while he works. He shows me the bull. It’s come a long way. Kevin

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has shaped it, smoothed it and set it in the position it will be cast. The detail work has just begun, but you can already see the bull’s expression and the muscles in its legs and back. As long as Kevin can maintain momentum, he’ll be finished in about a month. Then, the piece heads to the foundry, where 16 of them will be cast. He’s already received the green light from his wife. “She’s crucial,” he says. “When I get to a point that’s make or break and I need an honest candid opinion, I go to her and say ‘what do you think?’” She had only one suggestion for the bull: make it angrier. Kevin agreed. He worked on the eyes and adjusted the bull’s position, giving it a fiercer look. Judy’s feedback matters. Over the years, Kevin has scrapped numerous pieces before they ever saw the foundry. Some were tossed in the early stages. Others were nearly finished. Hours, days, weeks, months of hard work reduced in seconds to a large ball of clay. He admits it’s painful. But it has to be done. “Sometimes you’ve got to start over,” he says. “You do it at least once.” It always astonishes Judy. “How can you destroy something like that?” she says.

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In the entryway of the Hill’s riverside home stands a 7-ton rock the shape of Idaho. A 13-foot rotating water wheel adorns the side of the Stanton’s house in Black Rock. And inside the Head’s European lakeside castle sits a great room with a ceiling taller than a two-story house. It’s conversation architecture, the kind that piques your interest and makes you want to know more. By KRISTINA LYMAN

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ONE BIG S ROCK ome people have art collections. Others have trinkets from their travels. Sandi and Brad Hill have the mother of all conversation pieces: a 7-ton rock standing in the entryway of their 5,404-square-foot home on the Spokane River. “It definitely gets people talking,” Brad says. The granite water feature towers 13 feet and is shaped like the state of Idaho. Interior designer Margaret Kirk discovered the rock near the Canadian border while hunting for stones she planned to incorporate in the Hill’s home. When she saw it, she knew she had found something special. “It was in that shape,” she says. “We didn’t touch it. We just put the fountain in.” Preparing the spot for the fountain was a huge engineering endeavor. The flooring had to be reinforced with concrete pads and rebar. The rock itself, which was lowered in through the roof, was anchored to the concrete. The Hills love their fountain and the sound of the water that trickles down both sides of the rock. It’s unique, they know. But they enjoy it and so do their guests. “People always ask ‘what are you doing with a rock in your house?’” Brad says. "Maybe we’re crazy, but why not?"



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iothing sparks conversation like a giant water wheel, especially one attached to the side of a house. Ask Jerry and Lynn Stanton. They’ve got one. “One of the first things people ask is if it drives electricity,” Jerry says. “It doesn’t.” It sure looks interesting, though. And that’s the point. The Stantons wanted something to spruce up the side of their French cottage home in Black Rock. Jerry, a retired pipeline contractor, built the 13-foot wheel himself in a friend’s shop. It took just one week; start to finish.


“Once you make your cuts, it comes down to building,” he said. “It’s very simple.” He’s had a bit of experience. The wheel is his second. He built the first, a 15-footer, in 2001 for the couple’s previous house. He wanted something that looked industrial and actually worked. “I was trying to come up with something to hide the garage,” he says. “I saw a picture and said why not.” He learned a few lessons that helped him the second time around. The first wheel required a lot of maintenance. Jerry had to grease it every two or three days to keep it running at eight revolutions per minute. Otherwise, the wheel slowed to two or three. He made some

adjustments to his latest wheel, increasing the size of the shaft and using stronger bearings. With that, he greases the wheel just twice a year. Campbell & Campbell, which built the home, helped install the 2,000-pound cedar wheel. Technically, it was a challenge, Randy Campbell says. They had to experiment several times with the mechanics to get the wheel to work properly. Jerry might say the wheel was a breeze to build, but Randy doesn’t downplay the effort. “A lot of technology was involved,” he says. “An average Joe isn’t going have the experience to build this.” But then, Jerry, who paints, knits and builds water wheels, isn’t exactly average.


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ihen you walk into Jimmy and Judy Head’s great room, you step back in time. With its 32-foot pitched ceiling, massive wood beams and Romanesque arched windows you might as well be standing in a European chapel. “This is the ‘wow’ room,” Judy says. It’s what people say when they see it. And if they don’t actually speak the word, they can’t help but think it. At 1,175 square feet, the room is the biggest in the house, making up 40 percent of the total square footage. It radiates from the rotunda entry and has a stunning view of Lake Coeur d’Alene.


The Heads appreciate old world elegance. They are fond of the French cottage feel and the look of Romanesque architecture and its circular style. Both are reflected in this newly built home. Jimmy and Judy built the home in 2014, but they’ve owned the property and the old 1930’s cottage that came with it for years. It’s where they lived while planning for their new home. If you boat the lake or drive along its shore, chances are you’ve glimpsed the cottage turret through the pines. Their new European castle is modestly sized at just over 3,000 square feet. The exterior is mostly stone, with some stucco and glass. Inside, are two large living spaces: the kitchen with a library and sitting

area, and the great room. A single master suite, a powder room and a multipurpose laundry room off the porte cochere complete the layout. “The house is definitely different, and driven by the owners,” says builder Todd Stam of Aspen Homes. “We were excited to take it on.” There were some challenges. The biggest was the great room ceiling with its height and steepness. Supported by a 36-inch deep wood beam that runs along the pitch, the ceiling was key to the design of the room. “I wanted it to look like a chapel,” Judy says. Quiet, peaceful, serene. It feels like one, too. N


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On the shoreline of Priest Lake lies a cedar-shingle retreat. It’s a cozy cabin, just as a cabin should be. But it’s not tiny by any means. At 2,800-square-feet, this rustic getaway is spacious. Yet, it is so smartly designed that it retains the intimacy and charm you would expect in a quintessential cabin. Many more like it are found along shorelines and nestled in the mountains of North Idaho. These vacation getaways take a modern spin on the age-old wilderness retreat. Think granddad’s cabin only rebuilt, remodeled and re-imagined.

HOME >> All in the family Byron and Susan Henry call North Idaho their home away from home. Since 1985, the Vancouver, Wash. couple has retreated to their cabin on Hayden Lake. They spend three months of the year there, plus holidays. It’s the cabin of their dreams, at least since the major remodel. Five years ago they gutted their 1,250-square-foot lake house and completely remodeled and expanded it. It’s now double the size and exactly what they wanted in a North Idaho retreat.

of the cabinetry and ceilings, was left natural and reflects a modern look.The reclaimed vertical grain fir used inside and out, gives the cabin a rustic feel. “When we built, we built with quality in mind,” Byron says. “This will belong to our kids and we want it to last.” The project was a major undertaking but worth it to the Henrys. The extra room means their


two sons and their families can stay comfortably in the cabin. And it’s all about family for the Henrys. Their cabin is one of 17 on a large piece of family property that Byron’s dad and his brothers bought in 1946. Every year since, the family has come to the Hayden Lake peninsula. Today, five generations of Henrys make the pilgrimage each summer. “This really is a magical place,” Byron says.

“It was great space,” Byron says of the original two-bedroom home. “But as a family, it wasn’t adequate.” The couple added two bedrooms, one bathroom and a large living space with a glass wall that slides open to the deck. The cabin’s exterior style is rustic. But the inside design is minimalist and incorporates natural materials, all of which Byron and Susan chose. Grade A plywoodand 115-year-old fir from a grain elevator in Ritzville reflect the old and new that is the cabin. The plywood, used in some WINTER/SPRING 2016 61

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>> Log cabin living Inside the Dillon’s log cabin sits the best little après ski spot on Schweitzer Mountain. It’s a cozy pub in the entryway of the couple’s new ski retreat. Comfy chairs, a woodburning fireplace and a bar with two taps greet you at the front door. Robyn and Rick designed the spot as a place to warm up and hang out separate from the main living space. So when you enter the home, you can leave your gear on and sidle up to the walnut bar, never having to walk through the house. A staircase leads to the main level and a killer view.

wasn’t going to let an opportunity pass, even if it meant taking on a huge renovation project. A big winter storm in 1996 dropped 7 feet of snow on the roof. That and years of neglect caused structural, electrical and water damage. “The house had quite a few problems,” said architect Tim Boden. Tim, contractor Spud Stockdale and DGT Engineering had their work cut out. New support logs that perfectly match the old ones were added, the size was expanded and the old four-

bedroom log cabin was transformed into six with en suites. “We left the shell but pretty much redid everything,” Tim says. The cabin was largely completed last ski season. But most of the finishing touches were added over the past summer, including the pub, which the Dillons can’t wait to inaugurate this season. “It’s a great spot to hang out,” Robyn says.“We just hope there will be snow this year.”

The Vancouver, Wash. couple bought the cabin in 2013. Robyn had her eye on it since she and Rick started skiing on the mountain 15 years ago. “I told our Realtor that if it ever comes available to let me know,” Robyn says. It was on the market one day before the Dillons bought it. Log cabins invoke strength, simplicity and warmth, things Robyn wanted in her mountain retreat. She 62 NSPIREMAGAZINE.COM

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>> Best seat in the house Most weekends, Michael Altringer loads up his dogs, Leah and Chuck, and heads two hours northeast to his cabin on Priest Lake. The stress of his high-pressure job in the investment business fades as he turns onto Highway 57. At that point, he can hear the call of his barcalounger and the stunning lake view it faces. Michael has been coming to this spot for 27 years. It’s his getaway; the perfect place to hike, bike and ski but also to relax and recharge before returning to his busy life in Spokane.

“I always knew that if I ever had a cabin it would be here,” he says. “Schweitzer Mountain, along with Priest Lake, are my two favorite places in the world.”

the warmth of a cabin but the space for his immediate and extended family to gather.

When he acquired the property, it came with an 800-square-foot cabin built sometime in the 50s. It had loads of charm, even as it slowly began to fall apart.

The cabin is traditional mountain architecture, rustic inside and out. Michael incorporated a mix of woods and worn metal from old barns he bought in Harrison. He used the wood for flooring and trim and the metal as accent wall covering.

So when Michael rebuilt three years ago, he was determined to keep it cozy. The new place is 2,000 square feet larger, but you wouldn’t know it by the way it’s laid out. He was careful not to overbuild. He wanted

“I wanted a cabin,” he says. “I didn’t want a castle.”

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After all, “one day, it will be theirs,” he says. It’s a comfortable cabin, a place where you leave your shoes on when you walk through the door and where scattered dog hair isn’t a mess; it’s part of the décor. Michael wouldn’t have it any other way. Neither would Leah and Chuck, who find comfortable spots in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows and right next to Michael’s recliner, which is, by the way, the best seat in the house. N

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There’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for quite some time. A place with 800-year-old trees over 100 feet tall.

Despite my intent to cross this off of my list, the wildfires that have ravaged so much of North Idaho and Washington throughout the summer had forced me to wait. Finally, on an overcast day in mid-September, and after some much-needed rain, my family and I set out toward Priest Lake in search of the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars. As we drove north, the sun peeked through the clouds, reflecting off of the otherwise dark current of Priest River. Gulls drifted above the water. We lost cell phone service miles back and, although we still had several miles to go, it was clear this journey was taking us to a place where there would be little, if any, other human contact. Well over halfway through our drive we entered the midst of the forest, surrounded on all sides by immense trees, vibrant shrubbery and jagged rock formations. Soon, the paved road ended and the gravelly path that replaced it began.


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We all tend to live life too fast and forget how important it is to spend time like this. And it’s places like these that remind us just how precious that time is.


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The narrow road got rougher as we drove, slowing us to a crawl. We were soon brought to a halt by a young black bear bounding across the road. Our kids had never seen a bear outside of a cage and were fascinated and nervous. As young as it was, the bear was impressive and reminded us that we share this world. On this particular day, we were undoubtedly in the territory of these spectacular creatures. We waited to see if the cub’s mother would come trailing behind. After a few minutes, and no sign of her, we continued our slow drive toward the grove. After seeing the bear, our original vision of a touristy Redwood Parkesque excursion to explore gigantic, centuries-old trees had vanished. We hadn’t even made it to the trail and our adrenaline was already flowing. A few miles later, we pulled into the empty parking lot near the trailhead. The ancient cedars looming overhead greeted us and gave a preview of what was in store for the day. After a two-hour drive, we were ready to begin our adventure. Our first stop was the small trail to the right of the trailhead that snaked through one of the ancient cedar groves. The ample space between the trees enhanced our view and allowed us to see for what seemed like miles. Although the wide-openness of this short trail was a bit unnerving after our bear sighting, we couldn’t help but get caught up in what we were seeing. Even the beauty of the flowers, far past the time of their yearly bloom, leapt out at us from both sides of the trail. Like a movie scene, it was almost unreal, the entire area so pure and untouched. We were in a place explored by too few people and understood how fortunate we were to experience it.

The sun broke through the trees as we continued, only magnifying the immensity of the giant trees whose trunks were so big the five of us could not encircle them. Some of the trees had merged together at some point, making their already enormous trunks even bigger. The only sounds for miles were our footsteps, a small group of agitated birds and the flowing water of a nearby stream. Taking pictures in front, and even inside, of the trunks of several trees, we curled our way through the grove, absorbing the scent of the forest around us. The sheer size of the cedars further put into perspective our place in this world. As we discussed how many generations of people these trees had outlived, our own mortality and thoughts of all of the people we’ve lost in the last few years came into focus. What I wouldn’t give to share a moment like this, a moment of such clarity, with those people. The thought of how short our time is on earth stayed with us as we explored the rest of the grove. We could have

stayed in this patch of forest all day, but there was more to explore. Not far up the trail, with our voices low, we began to hear Granite Falls crashing in the distance. We took another side route and came upon a small creek being fed by the falls. The water provided us with a natural sound barrier, allowing us to communicate more freely without feeling we were disrupting the peacefulness of this place. We felt the late summer mist off the water as it flowed carelessly along its course. The kids frolicked on the logs and rocks near the stream, not unlike curious bear cubs. They tossed stones into the water and searched

Like a movie scene, it was almost unreal, the entire area so pure and untouched.


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HOBO CEDAR GROVE B From Coeur d’Alene, drive east on I-90 to Exit 34.

C Turn south onto ID-3, to Clarkia.

D Take Poplar St. to NF-321. E Follow 10 miles to Forest Road 3357.

F Follow for two miles. for the most bizarre fallen branches they could find. Refreshed from our short jaunt, we headed back to the trail to seek out a better view of the waterfall. After about a quarter-mile, we came to a small clearing with an overlook about the size of a pirate’s plank. It hung out over the stream that we had been exploring. While my wife and I were immediately suspicious of the safety of this platform, the kids bolted for the precarious-looking structure and were enthralled by the view of the falls. We had to usher the children off so we could take our turn, and appreciated the view as well. Acres and acres of the surrounding forest were now visible to us, making the falls seem insignificant, and putting into perspective just how deep into the woods we were. This was why we’d come all this way. Our incredible surroundings were the perfect setting to clear our minds and get away from the distractions of everyday life. We all tend to live life too fast and forget how important it is to spend time like this. And it’s places like these that remind us just how precious that time is. As we continued on, our pace became more deliberate, and sightings of the old cedars became less frequent the higher we climbed. But what remained of the trail allowed us the chance to take full

advantage of the benefits of any outdoor adventure – fresh air, picturesque views and a place where you can leave all of your troubles behind. We did not cross another soul throughout our journey. Such a short distance from home and we were truly able to get away from it all, if only for a few hours. We were on the last stretch of trail before reaching the parking lot when the clouds finally gave out and rain began to fall. As we slogged back toward the truck, we pondered all that we had experienced. We talked about our bear sighting and agreed that we were grateful, but disappointed, that we didn’t see another one. The grove of ancient cedars almost left us without words. It didn’t seem real. It was the kind of place you read about in a fiction novel, not a place you get to visit in real life, and we collected some unusual rocks as proof we’d been there. Too soon, we were back on the gravel road, rumbling toward the highway. The ride home seemed longer than the ride out. And after hours on the road, we reached our destination exhausted, but energized. From the towering ancient cedars to the falls and streams, our adventure more than lived up to our expectations and, like any great adventure, left us looking forward to the next one. N

SETTLER’S GROVE B From Coeur d'Alene, drive east on I-90.

C Take Kingston Exit 43. D Travel north on Forest Highway 9 (FH9) for 26 miles to Eagle.

E Turn left onto FR152 and travel northeast 1.3 miles to the junction.

F Take FR805 (left fork) 5.6 miles to the trailhead.

ROOSEVELT GROVE OF ANCIENT CEDARS B From Coeur d’Alene, take I-90 west to HW 41.

C Turn north on HW41 to Newport, WA.

D Turn east on US-2 to Priest River, ID.

E From Priest River head north on Hwy 57. At mile post 36 1/4 (Nordman) clock your odometer for 14 miles north.

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hort winter days and skies swathed in gray leave me daydreaming of springtime’s colorful display of wildflower blooms. One of my favorite spring getaways is to the Columbia River Gorge to take in one of the most prolific wildflower exhibitions in the country. As the ski season winds down, I begin checking the wildflower bloom reports, weather reports and my Outlook calendar. My hope is to perfectly coordinate a free weekend with a sunny weather report and peak wildflower blooms. It’s not as easy as it sounds. And the forecast, flowers and free time do not always cooperate with one another. My eye is always trained on hitting Dog Mountain in peak bloom.

Views of the Columbia River, Mount Hood and a seemingly endless carpet of bright yellow balsamroot reward those who conquer Dog Mountain. The strenuous trail is a 6.9-mile hike with a nearly 3,000foot elevation gain but worth every calorie expended during peak bloom. However, due to the odd weather this year, Dog Mountain was not yet in bloom in April. Instead, my timing was more conducive to enjoying the wildflowers at lower altitudes. And they were blooming beautifully. We headed to Hood River on a Friday afternoon and set up temporary residency at the Riverview Lodge. After settling in, we wandered down Oak Street to Brian’s Pourhouse, a quaint

neighborhood pub where we happened upon a local’s bachelorette party in full swing. We enjoyed watching the woman we presumed to be the owner interact with the bride and bridesmaids. It was if she had watched them grow up in this quaint riverside town. Saturday morning we grabbed our packs and set out early to hike the Catherine Creek Labyrinth Trail, just east of the Coyote Wall (Syncline). The round-trip distance is approximately five miles with 1,200 feet of gain and is known for a diversity of flower species. Mindful of the ticks, rattlesnakes and poison oak in the area, we wore protective cover on our legs, arms and head. We were thankful to have worn


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lightweight pants rather than shorts as we passed many a hiker cursing the poison oak that stung them along the trail. From key vantage points along our route, we marveled at the beauty of the contrasting colors of the lupine and balsamroot against the bright blue sky. The variety of flowers we encountered did not disappoint. We spotted cow parsley, fairy slippers, chocolate lilies, California poppy, serviceberry, true babystars, Gray’s lomatium, bicolor lupine, biscuitroot and more. In the late afternoon, we set off to visit a few more of the area’s best-

known wildflower destinations. We drove to Columbia Hills State Park above The Dalles Mountain Ranch where we were greeted by supreme views of balsamroot-covered hillsides. This detour was surely worth a look. Feeling ambitious enough to tackle one more hike before sunset, we ventured across the river to see how the bloom was at Tom McCall State Park. We found the trailhead at the Rowena Plateau car park near the town of Mosier. From the south side of the river, we admired the views of Mount Adams, which at 12,276 feet is the second-tallest peak in Washington.

The gentle trail at Tom McCall Park attracted the masses on such a bluebird day. We found a place to park and headed up the trail, which is a 3.2-mile loop with 1,100 feet of gain. The balsamroot, lupine and paintbrush were prolific on the lower slopes of the trail and at the plateau. We happened upon a rattlesnake sleeping peacefully in a sunny spot along the trail. From what we deemed to be a safe distance, we quietly photographed the slumbering snake as it lay neatly coiled beside the footpath. At the plateau and from a field carpeted in balsamroot, we admired views of the area’s volcanic beauties, Mount


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Adams to the north and Mount Hood to the southwest. As the sun began to set over the river, we headed back to our home base in Hood River. We dined at Oishi Sushi. The comfortable atmosphere, fresh rolls and sashimi, and impressive sake selection made this gem of an eatery a hit with us. Morning coffee at the Pine Street Bakery geared us up for one last hike before making the five-hour trek northeast to Coeur d’Alene. We chose the Mosier Plateau Trail for our finale and were glad we did. This 3.5-mile trail was uncrowded and offered the best floral display we’d happened upon this trip. By afternoon, the wind had picked up, so we grabbed lunch at Pfriem Family Brewers, an artisanal brewery offering tasty food and direct views of the river, where kiteboarders and windsurfers danced across the water. Alas, it was time to bid the gorge adieu, until the next time.

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Located on the south bank of the Columbia River, Hood River is a great backyard destination for a sporty, fun and scenic retreat. You can watch kiteboarders and windsurfers soar above the river in this wind seeker’s mecca. Hike Tom McCall Nature Preserve for an easy walk or conquer Dog Mountain if you’re up for a workout. Follow a trail to one of the area’s many waterfalls, enjoy cycling through the ‘fruit loop,’ or stroll the downtown neighborhoods, enjoying the beautiful gardens and historic craftsman homes. It’s home to trendy shops, fabulous restaurants, brew pubs and wineries and is a mere fivehour drive from Coeur d’Alene. Cheers and safe travels! N


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Dog Lake

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Sheep Lake

“You are being punished for your wickedness,” Coyote said to the seven giants. “I will punish you even more by changing you into seven mountains. I will make you very high, so that everyone can see you. You will stand here forever to remind people that punishment comes from wrongdoing.” - Nez Perce oral tradition.


weat beads off the brim of my cap as I glance back to see how Heather is faring. We crest the last grueling push into our final night’s camp and the same lingering thoughts that have possessed me for the last 48 miles continue their disorganized occupation of my mind, driving my

step, with the hope that the answer will be revealed under the next rock kicked free from my worn and tiredly placed trekking pole. The trail has been oddly quiet for hours now, the miles push my thoughts deeper with every step traveled. The brutal terrain and elevation gains pry loose the

internal demons that the range we circumnavigated is named for. I wonder where Heather’s thoughts have taken her, as mine are once again dragged deep within. “You’re here for a reason,” my subconscious whispers. “Focus, focus,” it repeats, as my exhausted legs grudgingly carry me into the Dog Lake basin.


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THE WILDERNESS HOLDS ANSWERS TO MORE QUESTIONS THAN WE HAVE YET LEARNED TO ASK Dropping my gear, I slump to the log and gaze out over the mirrored mountain oasis that we will call home for the next 12 hours. As I scan the water, my mind dives into the reflection, climbing the stony face of the giant’s with the name sake, Twin Imps. I enter a moment of timelessness, an altered dimension. “You've made it,” echoes within me. “Now, what do you do with it?” I reminisce on the thought and recall the past four days. The solitude of this high Alpine wilderness has been terrifyingly beautiful. And the lesson taught by the punishment

of the giants begins to release its revelation. “Love, LOVE!” I’m snapped back to reality as I see Heather staring at me. Her smile says she knows where I have been. And I know what she wants as well. “Yes,” I reply. “I’ll get started on the fire.” As the darkness of our last night envelopes our Alpine abode, my love and I are both entranced by the dancing light emitted from the flames of our small fire. After what seems like a lifetime, we finish off the last sips of our evening’s comfort—

hot cocoa and Rumple Minze — rise, adjust our head lamps and set off to the edge of the water: the precipice of the universe. As I begin to photograph a scene of the Alpine wilderness lake, softly lit by the crescent moon and our infinite galaxy, the realization that our lives are minute compared to the size of our surroundings quickly settles in. Yet, an odd feeling arises. Though our lives are but a needle in an unfathomable haystack, the power of our voices can be greater than that of the giants of our past, and can carry the size and sense of awe WINTER/SPRING 2016 81

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that we receive from gazing into the wilderness night sky. Writer and art critic Nancy Wynne Newhall states that, “The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.” Experiencing the brutality of the Devils, voluntarily thrusting myself onto this path into a proverbial Hell, beating my body and mind with the weight of the pack and the daily scabrous miles traveled, I begin to view the educational beauty of the sentence these seven giants received. Then, I recall a childhood lesson: talents are gifted, given to be used in one of two ways — for selfglorification or for the betterment of others. It is at that moment the answer finally revealed itself. The gift was not succeeding at the brutal hike and making it through the endless days. It was the beautiful realization that the past four days muted society’s distractions, giving my subconscious the silence to speak, “Your voice, your talent, your life, the mightiest power you possess, is granted to shatter the bonds of injustice, to free the weak from the wicked and to break the shackles of immorality or, adversely, to face the trials and punishment of the demons you have been gazing upon.” N


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ihe air is crisp and fresh on this brilliant afternoon. I step out of my car just as the rain has ceased and the clouds begin to break. Sunlight spills onto Cougar Bay Preserve, illuminating all 88 acres of this pristine treasure nestled on the north end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. As I walk toward the trailhead, I take in the fields of cattails and sedges flanking the meager parking area. Two paths lay ahead: the trail

to the left borders the expansive wetland and, the trail straight ahead ascends into a dense forest of larch and Douglas fir. My unfamiliarity with wetlands makes the trail to the left too alluring to ignore. It is likely many residents have driven by Cougar Bay Preserve without a second thought as to why it is there or how it impacts the lake and our community. The land and adjacent wetland was once owned by

Crown Pacific Timber Company to the west and Mr. John C. Pointner to the east. In the late 90’s, the Nature Conservancy purchased a portion of the Preserve from Crown Pacific with the intention to prevent development. A few years later, the Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with Kootenai County, was looking to purchase land for public access, given that much of the lake’s


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shoreline is privately owned. Much to their surprise, Pointner, who has been described as the original conservationist, offered his property to the BLM, but with stringent stipulations. He required the BLM to name the area the Mr. John C. Pointner Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary and was adamant that, upon his death, he be buried on the property. To this day, he is still a part of this sanctuary.

As I walk along the discreet trail that skirts the wetland, I can hear bird calls rise from the water and trees. Cougar Bay is home to numerous waterfowl, including a few rare migratory birds such as common loons, long-tailed ducks and even American white pelicans. Today, I have the fortune to encounter a few white swans. I stand admiring their gorgeous arched necks as they float in and out of the willows when I hear ice cracking. I walk just beyond the bend to see if I can get a glimpse at what is making this ruckus. There, in the water just at the edge of the last remaining ice is a furry brown creature. At about 5 pounds it is too small to be a beaver. Upon closer investigation, I realize it is a muskrat. I have encountered more wildlife on my short walk than I have seen in my two decades on the lake. It is at this point that I realize I am in one of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s true treasures. N

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Greg Helbling finds

himself, early one morning, standing in the sand gazing out at the open-water swim course on Lake Coeur d’Alene.



It’s 2011 and, at 55 years young, he is surrounded by wet-suited athletes shaking out their arms and legs in preparation for a 2-mile swim. Some try to appear nonchalant, at ease with what they are about to embark upon. Most fail to pull it off. There’s too much energy in the air, too much buzz in the crowds of athletes and spectators to ignore the reality. It’s going to be a long day. For some it will be the toughest day of their lives. This is Ironman. And many are just hoping they can finish.


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It’s hard to say where it all began. Although he does not mention any athletic heroes from his past, Greg recalls with fondness growing up in Moscow, Idaho surrounded by family that knew how to work hard. His father and uncles owned Helbling Brothers, an International Harvester dealership. All of the male cousins got their turn to work at the family store. “[We]were issued coveralls as soon as [we] were potty-trained and big enough to carry a grease gun,” says Greg. “It was a great way of life for a young man, lots of responsibility and opportunity, and a great sense of individual and team accomplishment.” But he also recalls losing loved ones, and what a great

It’s not an adventure until you don’t know if you’re going to make it home that night. Photo courtesy of Greg Helbling


reg’s son is out there already. He should be rounding another buoy by now. Ironman had been Brandon’s idea, and although he’d enjoyed the experience of training with his son, it had never been Greg’s intention to become a triathlete. That was simply a result of the choice he made years earlier. You see, when it comes to fitness and health, Greg jumps at every opportunity to be active, from mountain biking to mountain climbing. It doesnot matter what it is. He calls it ‘Adventure.’ And “It’s not an adventure,” says Greg, “until you don’t know if you’re going to make it home that night.” Ironman just seemed to meet the requirements.

example his family had been for him, their ability “to endure tragedy and adversity while continuing to appreciate our health and our blessings.” Clearly, these lessons of hard work and determination, even faith, have stuck with Greg over the years. “I think,” says Greg, “the best lessons in life are caught rather than taught.” In 2009, Greg caught another valuable lesson after the results of his health screening showed high levels of cholesterol. As owner of a company that promoted health and wellness, he felt he had an obligation to set a better example for his clients and those around him. Although this was not the beginning of his active,

adventurous lifestyle, it certainly gave him some added motivation and focus. The loss of other beloved family and friends to disease and poor health has also inspired Greg to take on the adventures that come his way. But the secret to his ability to stick with this program, Greg tells us, is that he surrounds himself with active people. Since his first marathon in 1993, Greg, despite doctor’s orders, has participated in a laundry list of race events, including several triathlons, the Coeur d’Fondo, and a 70-mile bike ride known as the Triple Bypass. He’s cycled 326 miles in one day for Cystinosis and ridden over 2,700 miles with his team at the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Of his expeditions up Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Mt. Borah and Mt. Whitney he says, “I realize how fortunate I’ve been to stand vulnerable at the rugged edge of beauty and know that it was created out of love, and that this particular moment was created for me.” Greg turned 59 this year. He says, speaking for himself and his active companions, “It seems that we have unintentionally found health in body, mind and spirit through blending friendship, humor and adventure.” These adventures, intentionally or not, have not only brought health, friendship and happiness, but a belief that he has a chance at longevity. “Not just that I live a long time,” Greg is quick to explain, “but that I am productive a long time. I want to be active and strong for my loved ones.” In 2012, Greg and Brandon find themselves at Ironman Coeur d’Alene once again, perhaps for no other reason than the fact that the adventure presented itself. N


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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

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

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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

Snake Pit The Snake Pit has long been a destination restaurant for locals and travelers alike. Specializing in great barbecue and featuring a variety of other tasty meals, appetizers, drinks and desserts! 1480 Coeur d’Alene River Rd Enaville, ID 208-682-3453


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

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


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


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

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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


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! 4365 E Inverness Dr Post Falls, ID 208-777-7600

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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


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

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


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

Toro Viejo Along with our homemade chips and salsa we are proud to offer home style Mexican cooking at very reasonable prices. 117 N 2nd Coeur d’Alene, ID 208-667-7676


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Fuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi bar in Post Falls, Idaho is wellknown for our creative & delicious selection of Sushi, Teppanyaki style cooking and fine cuisine. 1500 E Seltice Way Post Falls, ID 208-457-7077


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


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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.

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