Beautiful North Idaho has so much to offer! One great thing is all the edible mushrooms you can find. And spring is a great time to find them. But, you need to know what you’re doing and what you’re looking for as there are more poisonous mushrooms than edible ones. Check out some mushroom identification and tips below.
The most common and popular mushroom in our area is the morel. You have likely heard about morels, and may even have had the great pleasure of tasting one, but you want to be sure you know what you’re looking for if you choose to more hunt.
Don’t expect an expect morel hunter to share their secret more picking spots, for many reasons. The majority of morels grow in the wild, so even if they know you well, they will likely keep their spot a mystery. They wouldn’t want to visit their spot and find it picked clean.
But, as a new morel hunter, there are some tips on places to look. For whatever reason, they tend to grow in areas that were burned the previous year. Searching in a recent burn is a great way to get your feet wet and figure out exactly what you’re looking for.
Additionally, morels tend to grow in cottonwood forests, under elms and by rivers. Once you find one, you will likely find more.Unfortunately, the growth of morels are a bit perplexing and difficult to find which adds to the reward when you do find them.
How To Identify
You could be looking in all the right places, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for then you won’t get very far. Below are a few tips to positively identify a morel:
- Honeycomb-like cap with brown pits and ridges
- The cap is fully attached to the stem and doesn’t pop off
- If you slice the mushroom in half, it will be hollow inside
The are a couple morel lookalikes in the area that you will want to keep a lookout for when morel hunting as these mushrooms are poisonous:
Brain Mushroom – The cap of this mushroom is more or less convoluted, round & brain like which come in various shades or brown to reddish brown. The difference between this mushroom and a morel is that the Brain Mushroom doesn’t have a honeycomb like cap. These mushrooms grow at the same time and in the same habitat as a true morel.
- Hooded False Morel – The cap is brown and saddle shaped, it starts out smooth but becomes more convoluted/wrinkled as it matures. So, this mushroom also doesn’t have a honeycomb like cap either. It also grows at the same time and in the same habitat as a true morel.
Both of these morels grow in north Idaho and are poisonous. They can cause adverse physically reactions within 1-24 hours of ingestion and I would advise avoiding at all costs.
When To Look
The basic answer is spring time, so late April-early May. But that all depends on the year, elevation and temperature. Morels like warm soil, so you will likely find them in the lower elevations earlier in the year and higher elevations later on. Morel season could last up to 2 months. The best time to look is on a sunny day, after a rainstorm.
How To Pick, Process, Cook And Preserve
Like it was stated earlier, morels grow mostly in the wild. So you want to be sure to pick them correctly to allow for them to grow next year. Be sure to pinch or cut them at the base. Do not pull them up or remove the root ball. Additionally, carry them out with a woven basket or mesh bag. This allows for them to release and spread spores. Do not use a plastic bag which not only stops the spread of spores but it also makes your mushrooms get slimy quick.
Once you get your mushrooms home you want to be sure to immediately get them processed. First, get them washed. There are a couple schools of thought regarding washing a mushroom. You could just brush off any dirt and inspect for worms/pests. Not using water because that could cause the mushroom to soak it up and dilute the flavor. Or, you could soak them in salt water overnight to get rid of any worms/pests.
To prepare the mushrooms, they do need to be cooked. They taste the best when harvested at just the right time and cooked shortly after they are picked. These mushrooms are choice, highly priced and sought after so be sure to take your time and research the best way to prepare the mushroom to enhance the flavor. Click here for some resources I’ve found.
If you don’t plan to eat them right away, it’s best to store them in a brown paper bag on your counter for no more than a few days. Or, if you’d like to preserve them for longer, you could always dry them. You could use a dehydrator to do this or just thread them on a string and let it dry in an area that is hot, dry and with a slight breeze.
Other Mushrooms To Lookout For
There are many edible mushrooms in North Idaho, some show in spring and some grow in fall. It’s best to do your research to determine what’s edible and how to harvest and cook these mushrooms. Click here for a quick list of some edible mushrooms in North Idaho, and how to identify them.
Here are some gorgeous pictures of some wild mushrooms taken right here in our national forests:
Whether you are choose to self-quarantine or are ordered to do so, staying at home can get boring! We all get stir crazy after a while. We can only clean the house so many times and watch Netflix for so long. And if you have kids, that can just be torture! But, there’s plenty you can do, even at home. Check out some fun, wacky and useful ideas below to survive the rest of the quarantine!
Fun, Entertaining & Wacky Ideas
1. Tour museums, zoos, aquariums & theme parks virtually. Check out a list of 30 here!
2. Put on a T.V. show like a soap opera, mute it, and create your own dialogue.
3. Watch all the long movies you’ve avoided, especially the ones who won awards.
4. That goes for books too.
5. Have a FaceTime, Skype or Zoom meeting with your friends and family. Create a weekly or biweekly happy hour to stay connected with everybody.
6. Subscribe to a free trial of a streaming service and binge watch everything you can before the subscription ends.
7. Watch all those movies that skipped the theater.
8. Learn how to play and then play all those complicated board games.
9. Color in coloring books. Kids are optional.
10. Write a book, short story or play with all the main characters being your family members.
1. Organize! That goes for your closets, junk drawers, and tupperware cabinet. Get rid of everything you no longer need.
2. Learn a new language.
3. Get everything done on your honey-do list.
4. Work on your financial planning, create or update your budget and find out ways to save money.
5. File your taxes.
6. Update/write your will and make sure all your affairs are in order. I know that sounds morbid, but that’s something everybody avoids doing.
7. Learn something new that’s you’ve never had time for like calligraphy, knitting, crocheting, or how to make origami.
8. Train your dog.
10. Learn about the stock market.
Ideas for Kids
1. Tour museums, zoos, aquariums & theme parks virtually. Check out a list of 30 here! Yeah, it’s in this category too!
2. Make a fort. You could use cardboard or blankets and pillows.
3. Set up a a scavenger hunt.
4. Bake together and then eat it.
5. Download and fill out these printables.
6. Make play dough, check out the recipe here.
7. Do crafts like pasta jewelry or making your own board game. Click here for some crafting ideas that are quick & easy.
8. Set up an obstacle course.
9. Have a dance party.
10. Watch all the best Disney movies.
1. Learn how to meditate.
2. Do yoga.
3. Have an at home spa.
4. Take a bath…. add a glass of wine or two.
5. Take lots of naps.
6. Go for a walk.
7. Listen to or play music.
8. Start a journal.
9. Watch/read less news.
10. Breath… in through your nose and out through your mouth. We’ll all get through this together.
Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What are you going to do for your sweetie this year? Whether you want to get them something special or do something special, there’s lots of options. We’re here to help make your day exceptional.
Avoid The Same Old Same Old
Do you tend to get your special someone the same thing each and every year? Maybe some roses and a box of chocolates? This is the year to break that trend and avoid the ordinary!! Check out these great gift ideas that are better than flowers and candy. It’s guaranteed to surprise the one you love:
This personalized gift is a great way to look back on your relationship. From the day you met, first date, got married, and the birth of your children.
What better way to capture each and every moment as they happen? You can treasure those moments forever. Stick them on your fridge, in a photo album or scrapbook.
Bring the spa to her! With several different scent options, you can treat your love from the comfort of their own home.
Switch up the usual with this date night bucket list. Lots of creative date night ideas, both fun and intellectual. Avoid the dreaded “What do you want to do tonight?” question.
Remember your special day in this unique way. Pick the best line from your vows and put them on display.
Satisfy their sweet tooth with a twist. So gorgeous they’ll never want to eat it… if they can resist.
You Know Them Best
When it comes right down to it, you know your love the best. This is an excuse to treat them… maybe spoil them with a spa day. Keep them grilling with a BBQ Set. Make them laugh with a silly mug. Keep them cozy with a new blanket & pillow or PJ set. Get them a little buzzed with their favorite wine. Keep things smelling fresh with a candle. Help them feel pretty with personalized jewelry. Even if it’s the classic flowers & chocolates, get them what they want.
A Night on The Town
Want to take your sweetie out on the town? Beautiful Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area is never short on events, even for the day of love. And also some great date night ideas you could do on Valentine’s Day or any other.
Bourbon & Chocolate Paring – On February 14th at The Bee’s Knees from 4-11:30pm
Wine & Chocolate Pairing – On February 14th at The Culinary Stone from 4:30-6pm
Valentine’s Dinner For Two – On February 12th – 16th at The Coeur d’Alene Casino
Valentine’s Day Cruises – On February 14th or 15th boarding at The Boardwalk Marina, Times Vary
Sock Hop 1950’s Dance – On February 14th at Lake City Center from 6-9pm
Sweethearts Ball – On February 14th at The Best Western from 5pm-12am
Mardis Gras Murder – On Feb. 14th & 15th, 21st & 22nd at The Cd’A Cellars at 6:30pm
Ice Skating at River Front Park in Spokane – Make an entire night of it and have dinner at an elegant restaurant downtown, catch a movie, go ice skating, and then stay at a nice hotel.
Pinot’s Palette Date Night – You paint half a picture on a canvas and your partner paints the other half, making one giant gorgeous picture. Don’t forget the drinks.
Ski/Snowboard Day – Enjoy the slopes at any one of the great resorts near us!
A getaway with the one you love is needed every now and then. And what better time than Valentine’s Day? Celebrate your love together and enjoy a small vacation. You’ll still be close to home, yet in a world of your own.
Located in gorgeous Sandpoint Idaho, this is a must stay. Visitors get to enjoy astounding views of the surrounding mountain ranges and beautifully constructed log cabins. Don’t forget the horseback riding, outdoor activities, and all the history that comes with it.
The Blackwell Hotel is located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. It’s full of elegance, history, and many unique touches. First built in 1904, it still has the original artwork. A very romantic place, a must see!
Located on the North Shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake, it’s become a top place to stay for visitors. At the resort you will never be bored with accommodations like golfing, spa, pool, restaurants, nightlife and more! Check out their lake front rooms today.
This is a one of a kind experience! Dinner & a movie, then dessert & drinks after the credits roll. Don’t forget the gambling & luxury rooms to stay in. Everything you need in one place.
Located in Downtown Spokane, Historic Davenport Hotel is right in the center of everything. With gorgeous city views, a romantic design, a spa, and even jetted tubs and fireplaces in some rooms you’ll never want to leave! Great balance of modern amenities and a historic charm.
This little bed & breakfast is located just 10 minutes from downtown. Close but away from all the crows. Very peaceful and quite location which makes it perfect for a romantic getaway.
No matter how you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, make it memorable and celebrate your love!!
North Idaho is B-E-A-U-tiful and its known for its mountains, lakes and abundant beauty. Its also known for it’s snow! There is plenty to know about snow and here are some resources to tap into that will keep you informed and prepared.
In Coeur d’Alene the average amount of snow that falls is 42 inches, comparing that to the rest of the country with only 28 inches. Keeping in mind, the farther North you go, the more snow you will see. With Spirit Lake receiving approximately 52 inches a year and Sandpoint with 61 inches. December is typically the heaviest snowfall month with an average of 11.7 inches, and second heaviest is January with 10.4 inches.
But when?? You might hear horror stories of winters in North Idaho lasting half the year, and that’s not exactly wrong. Snow in our area can start as early as November. Unless you were here the record breaking year of 2019 when we received 1.1 inches of snow on September 29th, the most in September’s history. Before that, the last time the snow fell in September was in 1926 with 1 inch of snow. But, on average, you will typically see snow in November and it could last through April.
This is all just averages, there’s no telling exactly what the North Idaho winters will do! That means we need to be ready for everything.
The Coeur d’Alene Police Department offers FREE winter driving classes. They typically begin in October and go through early December. If you’re new to driving in the snow or would like a refresher, check on the specific dates when the time comes next year.
Knowing how to drive in the snow is just part of it, you want to be sure your vehicle is ready for the snow as well. Check out our blog North Winter Driving Preparation for detailed information.
Our home is another thing we need to prepare when winter comes. Our website is always a great resource for this. Check out our Fall & Winter Home Maintenance page to prepare for winter and our blog 6 Overlooked Winterizing Tasks.
Since North Idaho is used to getting so much snow, we are more than prepared when it comes! We have both the expertise and practice on our side! Check out the detailed information on Coeur d’Alene’s snow plan here. The City of Coeur d’Alene’s website also goes into detail on the Snow and Ice Control Operations and also has a map that shows you which roads are completed, getting worked on and getting worked on next. Check out the links below for snow information in your city:
Our blog post mention earlier, North Winter Driving Preparation, also has tips on how to drive in the snow. There are many other resources on the post, such as what to do in an emergency and a video which offers additional recommendations and visuals to help with winter driving.
Snow in North Idaho, although requires much work and preparation, is also fun! We have so many area ski resorts near Coeur d’Alene, check them all out with information about the mountain on our website here under the Area Information tab. And these resorts always have events to enjoy, check them out on our blog post Snow Much Fun! Be sure to check our What’s Happening page for the events happening in the area at all times, it’s updated regularly!
Also, take a look at our Winter category on our blog post here, which has all things winter!
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There is no question, the theater scene is not lacking here in Coeur d’Alene! There are numerous amazing shows to attend, year round. Because there are 3 different venues just in one city, you have plenty to choose from. In addition, there are 7 different shows scheduled within the next couple of months, check them out below.
Fun Home – Lake City Playhouse in Cd’A, Showings from Jan. 17th-Feb 2nd
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past. She tells the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood. For instance, playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
WINNER! Best Musical – 2015 Tony® Awards!
WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) – 2015 Tony® Awards!
WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) – 2015 Tony® Awards!
WINNER! Best Musical – New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
The Marvelous Wonderettes – Cd’A Summer Theatre, Showings from Jan. 24th-26th at 7pm
This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. There we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane! Dinner, dessert and no host bar included with purchase of tickets.
9 To 5 – Aspire Community Theatre in Cd’A, Showings from Feb. 7th-16th
Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world.With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and is sure to be a hit with audiences.
Peter Pan, A Musical – Kroc Center in Cd’A, Showings from Feb. 21st – March 1st
Tells the classic J.M. Barrie tale of a young boy who refuses to grow up. On a quest to find stories with which to entertain his young cohorts in Neverland — an island refuge for “Lost Boys” — Peter returns to the real world and meets Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. The Darling children accompany Peter back to the magical Neverland. They get involved in all sorts of adventures, defeat the evil Captain Hook, and are changed forever. J.M. Barrie’s masterful story shines especially bright with a rich new score. A delightful musical featuring singing pirates, daring sword fights, and fantastical make-believe. Peter Pan, A New Musical is a story that is filled with magic, delight, and just a fairy dusting of heartbreak.
These Shinning Lives – Lake City Playhouse in Cd’A, Showings from Feb 21st-March 8th
Chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense. As they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits, above all, endanger the lives of those who come after them.
Matilda – Lake City Playhouse in Cd’A, Showings from April 10th-26th
You are going to love this musical! Winner of 4 Tony Awards, in addition, New York’s Critic Circle Best Musical award. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin. Matilda has won 47 international awards and, for that reason, continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
Tarzan – Aspire Community Theatre in Cd’A, Showings from April 17th-April 26th
Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes. Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Are you craving some snow fun this winter? We are, since there hasn’t been much snowfall! But, there is snow up in the mountains. And you may not know, the areas ski resorts often have fun events. Check out a few below and enjoy your winter with us.
Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area
- Winter Carnival – Jan. 12th
~ Wife Carrying Contest With Cash Prices ~ 3 Legged Race ~ Egg Carrying Contest ~ Day Of Family Fun ~
- Mountain BrewFest & Kids Snowbowling – Jan. 26th starting at 11am
~ Push A Child 12 Or Under On A Sled Into Inflatable Pins ~ Prices For Winners ~ Brews & Brats Available From 11-2 ~
- Super Bowl Sunday – Feb. 20th starting at 3:30pm
~ Ski & Board The Day Everybody Stays Home ~ Passing Competition with Gloved Hands ~ Kickoff Competition ~ Great Prices ~
- Fat Tuesday on Sunday – Feb. 23rd
~ Awesome Gumbo ~ BBQ ~ Drinks ~ Party Beads ~
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
- MLK Weekend – Jan. 18th-20th All Day
~ Fun Events Scheduled All Day, Everyday ~ Yoga ~ Snowshoeing ~ Twilight Skiing ~ Live Music ~ Fireworks ~
- Winter Trails Day – Jan. 25th from 9am-3:30pm
~ Free Access To Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing Trails ~
- Starlight Race Series – Feb. 7th-28th
~ Race With Your Team of 5 ~ Nightly Parties ~ Prices ~ Theme is “The Great GatSKI!” ~
Silver Mountain Resort
Slopestyle & Rail Jam!! – Feb. 1st & 2nd at 8:30am
~ USASA Kicking Off Their Season At Silver ~ Slopestyles Competition on the 1st ~ Rail Jam Is On The 2nd ~
- 10 Barrel BeerCat – Feb. 22nd & 23rd from 6-10pm
~ Coolest Mobile Snow Pub Is Coming To Silver ~ Made From Putting A Mini-pub On A Snowcat ~ Enjoy Drinking On The Mountain ~
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
- 4th Annual Brewfest 2020!!! – Jan. 25th from 10am – 5pm
~ Beer, Cider & Wine Tasting ~ 16 Different Breweries & Creators ~ BBQ ~ Live Music ~
- “Mountain of Love” Valentine’s Party – Feb. 14th All Day
~ Chairlift Speed Dating ~ Live Music ~
- Fat Sunday Fish Fry – Feb. 23rd from 11:30am – 2:00pm
~ Celebrate Mardi Gras ~ Buffet Style ~ Southern Menu ~ Live Band ~
- Uptown Throwdown – Radio Brewing Company in Kellogg on Feb. 1st from 6-10pm
~ Blocking Off The Roads For Skiing & Boarding ~ Judges Determine Who Has Best Slopestyles ~ Cash Price ~ Beer ~ Music ~
- Farragut Winter Duathlon with the Trail Maniacs – Farragut State Park in Athol on Feb. 1st at 8am
~ Snowshoe & Fat Bike on Professionally Groomed Trails ~ Supports a Good Cause ~
- Sandpoint Winter Carndival – Sandpoint on Feb. 14th-23rd
~ Annual Winter Carnival ~ Fireworks ~ Parade of Lights ~ K-9 Keg Pull ~ Events Continuously Updated on Website ~
- Wallace Extreme Ski-Jor – Downtown Wallace on Feb. 15th all day
~ Known as the “Wildest Event in the Rockies” ~ ATVs Tow Skiers Down a Snow Covered Downtown Street Course ~
- Silver Valley Snowbeast Snowbike Races – Hendrickson Farm Near Mullan on Feb. 15th from 9am-5pm
~ Both Pro and Amateur Motorized Snow Bikers Race ~ Watch as They Complete a Grand Prix Course Around the West and Canada ~
- Mullan Vintage Snowmobile Races – Mullan High School Ballfield on Feb 16th
~ Vintages Snowmobilers Race ~ Specially Designed Course ~
One thing you can almost be sure of is at some point you will find yourself on a boat during the summer here in North Idaho. With the numerous amount of lakes and rivers, it’s near impossible not to enjoy boat life, even if it’s only for a day. Whether you’re an avid boater, only enjoy it every now and then or are just getting into boating, it’s always a good idea to know the basics of boating safety before leaving the dock.
1. Check the Weather Before You Leave
Be sure to check the weather of your route and destination, including the water conditions, before you depart. You can’t always tell a storm will roll in just by looking outside.
2. Have the Proper Gear Onboard
You never know if or when you’ll have an emergency. Being sure you have all the proper gear onboard will help avoid additional issues and will ensure you’re prepared for every type of situation. Check out a full checklist here!
3. Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide
Always maintain fresh air circulation in your boat and be sure you and others on the boat are aware of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. Click here to learn more about CO & CO poisoning.
4. Take a Boat Safety Course & Know the Rules
There are several different courses you can take online for boat safety that you can receive certification for them. Check out the list here.
Knowing your rules will ensure you and other boaters safety. Check out the navigation rules here.
5. Get your Boat Checked
You can receive a free boat check! The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons both offer that service. These checks make sure you have the proper safety equipment and that they are in the proper condition per state and federal regulations. Find out how to get your check scheduled by clicking here.
6. Use Common Sense
Many of the rules on the water are consistent with the rules on the road. Stay alert, operate at a safe speed, make sure passengers are following safety measures, avoid alcohol use when driving and stay clear of the engine are examples of just a few.
7. Follow Proper Procedures
Knowing and following proper docking & anchoring procedures are an important part of boating. Depending on the type or boat you have and the weather conditions, the procedures you need to follow could be different. Be sure you know what to do.
Who doesn’t LOVE live music? You’d be surprise by the amount of concerts in the area. With multiple venues and a wide range of artists scheduled to play, there is something for everybody. Here’s a few of the area venues & special events, a bit about them, and their headlining shows. Check it out and enjoy the music this summer!
The setting in the Spokane location is one unlike any around. Very intimate venue, it makes it feel like you could reach out and touch the artist on stage and that they’re performing just for you. With a large bar there is little to no standing in line for your drink.
Although the arena hosts a multitude of different events, it‘s also known for it’s concerts. With 12,500 seats in the facility, many different food vendors and plenty of alcoholic beverage options you’re sure to enjoy any show you attend.
Newly renovated to enhance the experience, including new seats. Not to mention, a lounge available for you to sit and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat before the show. Other bars are located throughout the facility for you to grab some beer, wine, or coffee.
The most one of a kind place you could ever see a show, where mother nature crafted the perfect concert location. It’s not about what this venue has, but rather what it doesn’t have. There’s camping (or Glamping if you prefer), food, drinks, views and more!
Enjoy the summer and live music at this outdoor concert venue. It has been newly expanded with a luxury grandstand, bring the seating to 5,000. Unique venue you can enjoy concerts under the stars, not to mention with free parking. Stay and play after the show.
Local Shows You Can’t Miss
Two week event in Sandpoint Idaho which has the goal to make great music accessible to the area. All types of artists are scheduled to play, from genres such as country, jazz, blues, folk, world, rock & pop. Live music with dancing, food and more. Located at War Memorial Field, this is one concert series you have to see.
A Few Headliners:
This year at the Spokane County Fair concert series, there’s two days dedicated to country and two days dedicated to rock! After a day full of fair fun, be sure and join the music festivities at one of the 4 concerts!
Weekly concert held at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene every Wednesday throughout June, July & August. This is a great family event with beautiful views of the lake.
A Few Headliners:
Free weekly concerts at Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene every Thursday throughout June, July & August. Going into their 13th year of concerts and with high quality audio sound, it’s sure to amaze every time.
A Few Headliners:
North Point Jazz
The Talbott Brothers
Want to browse all the area shows, take a look at the list of all the concerts coming up by clicking here!
Here in beautiful North Idaho, one of the most common past times in the summer is camping! Whether you pull an RV or rough it with a tent, it’s a hobby most enjoy. Although the first camping trip of the year can be exciting, it may also seem a little overwhelming. It’s been months since your last trip and you have nothing prepared. We’ve got you covered! Below are checklists, tips, cooking ideas and more!
Before Your First Trip
First thing on your to-do list in spring is to make sure your tent or RV and all gear is ready ready. Camping would not be very fun if you realized during your trip that something wasn’t working or missing and you weren’t fully prepared. These things can ruin any camping trip.
Tents are pretty easy, but still it is very important to make sure your tent is in top shape and ready to go. Here are a few things to remember when prepping you tent and gear:
- Inspect your tent and tarps for any holes. Apply waterproof sealant where necessary.
- Wash and fully dry all of your gear made of fabric, this includes any sleeping bags, pillows and blankets.
- Check all your fasteners and ropes. Replace any broken or frayed ones.
- Make sure all your tent poles and stakes are accounted for
- Make sure you have a hammer for the stakes and a hatchet for wood
- Be sure all your battery powered gear has new and fully charged batteries and works.
- Wash, dry, inspect, and check that all camping equipment is acceptable working order.
Now, RV‘s are much more complex to prepare. Although every RV is going to be a bit different, the items detailed below will fit most RV’s and will be need to be completed. Always best to check the manual for the specifics on your RV.
- Clean and inspect the inside and the outside of the RV.
- If you winterized your RV in the fall, steps will need to be taken to de-winterize the trailer. This is typically flushing the lines with clean water.
- Fill your water tank, run the water pump and check for leaks.
- Be sure your dump hose is in good and working order, with no holes or tears.
- Check all your fresh water, black and grey valves when at a dump station. Be sure they open and close property and these are no leaks.
- Inspect the caulking, tires, towing equipment, awning, appliances, lights, batteries and A/C Unit.
- Make sure all your safety equipment is on board along with a tool box with most often used items for small repairs
Things to Pack
Although everybody camps a little differently, there are several things we all need to bring on every camping trip. We’ll save you the trouble of writing your own list, because we did it for you. Here are just a few very important items to remember:
1. Bedding – includes pillows, blankets and sleeping bags
2. Clothes – Plan for all types of weather from swim suits to coats
3. Toiletries – includes soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, hair-ties, shaving items and deodorant
4. Lighting – lantern, flashlight and don’t forget the batteries or matches
5. Cook wear and utensils – Stove, dutch oven, griddle, coffee pot, knife, spatula and more
6. Don’t forget packing for your pups. Leashes, food bowls, water bowls, dog bed, dog food
7. First Aid Kit, Stuff to Bug Bites, Sunscreen, Ibuprofen etc.
That list is only scratching the surface. Need a more in depth list? Check out our Camping Checklist!
Cooking At Camp
Cooking while camping can seem like an overwhelming, difficult, and dreaded task. But, it can be easy and enjoyable if you follow some basic steps.
Step 1: Plan Ahead.
Seems a little obvious, but it is one of the most important steps. Creating a list of everything you’ll need, even the little things, will insure less forgotten items. Things to consider in this step: the space and weight the food will take up, how you plan to cook things (stove, dutch oven, cast iron skillet), and that you eat food that spoils first.
Step 2: Choose your Equipment.
This step will mostly depend on how you camp and the amount of work you’re willing to do. If you prefer not to have any work while camping, pre made meals and snacks would be your go to. That would mean more prep work before you went camping. If you’re willing to do a little cooking, foil meals would be a great idea, that would be a little less prep work before you left. If you can manage the extra weight and the extra work, dutch oven or a cast iron skillet would be a great way to prepare your food. Dutch ovens seem to be a popular choice in cookware these days. Check out a video about dutch oven cooking for beginners by clicking here!
Step 3: Know how to Store Food.
A little organization will help big time when storing your food. There is a science behind stocking a cooler or fridge to ensure no wasted space and easy access to items you will need most often. A few ideas would be to bring a separate cooler for drinks, remove items from bulky packages, pack ingredients you’ll be using last at the bottom, and fill every nook and cranny with ice. Others things to keep in mind in regards to storing food is to be sure to keep everything clean, never to leave food unattended, and be aware of the wildlife in the area you’re camping and plan accordingly. Example would be bear proofing.
Step 4: Clean Up.
Proper clean up after your meal is also important, no matter how little we want to do it, as it prevents the spread of bacteria and the arrival of unwanted guests. Be prepared with items you’ll need: 2 dish tubs, dish cloth, drying towel and biodegradable soap. Thoroughly clean, dry and store your items. Store your unused food in airtight containers. Make sure all your trash has been picked up around your camp site and dispose of it properly. Either in the designated receptacle or pack it up and bring it out of the woods with you. Remember, pack it in – pack it out. Leave your camp spot or location better than when you arrived.
Have a great camping season! Be sure you’re prepared, have fun, and always be safe!
What do you think of when you hear the words St. Patrick’s Day? Likely the words green, beer, and parades come to mind. There’s actually a full history behind that holiday and St. Patrick himself, with lots of interesting facts.
St. Patrick’s day celebrates Roman Catholic Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. He wasn’t born in Ireland, but rather Britain. When he was 16 he was taken captive to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and fled to a monastery in France. Years later he went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. Although the religion had already taken hold in the country, he helped it become more widespread. By the time he died, he had created many monasteries, schools and churches. The day of his death, March 17th, has become what we know and celebrate today – St. Patrick’s Day.
The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day started in Ireland. After the Irish immigrants moved to the United States, the celebration really took off with the parades and celebrations that we know today. Both the Irish and the non-Irish participate in the widespread holiday.
The Shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Trinity and is also Ireland’s national flower/emblem.
Although the color green is now the common color of the holiday, it was not the original one. Blue was traditionally associated with the holiday. It switched because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle”, the shamrock and the green in the Irish flag.
Beer is the mostly widely consumed beverage on St. Patrick’s Day (Big Surprise!), with Guinness being the most popular.
According to a census in 2016, 32.3 million U.S. residence had Irish ancestry which is 7 times the population of Ireland.
You have a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding a 4 leaf clover.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday the 16th from 4-5pm
St. Patrick’s Day Splash Bash – Coeur d’Alene Resort Saturday the 16th from 8-11:30pm
St.Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration – Mirabeau Hotel in Post Falls from the 15th-17th
Coeur d’Irish Party– On March 16th at the Coeur d’Alene Resort from 5:00- 11:30. Featuring traditional Irish music and St. Patricks day Fare.
CDA Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums Pub Crawl– It is on March 16th and starts at 3:00 and goes on till 10:30. We have a schedule posted on our Facebook Profile so you can join in the shenanigans. Or… if you prefer. ↓↓↓
3:00PM – Capone’s
3:30PM – All Things Irish
4:00PM – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
5:00PM – O’Shay’s
5:30PM – Slate Creek
6:00PM – Paragon Brewing
6:30PM – Daft Badger
7:00PM – Capone’s
7:30PM – Coeur d’ Irish
8:00PM – Eagles
8:30PM – Moose Lounge
9:00PM – Crafted
9:30PM – Crickets
10:00PM – The Ironhorse
10:30PM – Beacon
Happy St. Patricks Day and Erin Go Bragh
John & Tracey