Before leaving Parksville, we had two visits from neighbours on Sunhaven Road. Paul and Paula Williams stopped by to say hello and see our new place on their way to Sidney. A few days later, James and Vanessa Gibeault (we've known James since he was a toddler; his parents, Rick and Cheryl Gibeault were our next door neighbours) came for lunch as they made their way up island.
|James and Vanessa Gibeault came with us to the International Sandcastle Building competition in Parksville|
After a whirlwind 24 hours in Calgary we came back to Rusty Tractor Springs and prepared for a busy summer of welcoming visitors.
Longtime friends Tom and Carol Sydnes pulled their big 5th wheel down for a visit. Their daughter, Jennifer (who was our flower girl 37 years ago), her husband Sean and their two kids came, along with Nathan, Tom and Carol's 15 year old grandson.
|Everybody enjoyed a trip to the Bird Museum in Sagle.|
|Nathan, Dashiel, and Daegan all got along great and had a ball|
|Jennifer and her family|
|Hanging out on the dock with some cold beverages|
|After seeing her grandkids have so much fun on tubes, Carol (75 years young) jumped on with Jennifer and I and we had a fantastic ride!|
While it might have been their first trip to Idaho, we know it won't be their last.
Next up was Lynsey Ikert - another one we've known since she was a toddler and we've been friends with her parents, Jodi and Paul, since the early 80s.
|Lynsey and Roger took the jet skis out for a spin before lunch|
Roger and I love going to the Sandpoint Festival every year, and this year we saw Arlo Guthrie. Under clear skies and with a great crowd, we listened to Arlo sing the ballads he is famous for such as: Alice's Restaurant and City of New Orleans. He is an incredible storyteller and kept the audience mezmerized with the background stories to both of his iconic songs. When he described how he was chatting with Johnny Cash wondering if he wanted to record the City of New Orleans, a train whistle as if on cue (but couldn't be) echoed through the mountains. Everyone including Arlo murmured it was like Johnny Cash was sending a signal to us. Very cool.
|Not a great picture, but it shows how he was up on stage by himself and the variety of instruments he played. Great concert.|
|Magnus takes after his dad in many ways. His need and love for speed was evident when on the jet skis when he kept saying, "Faster, faster!"|
|I kneeboard once a year to prove I still can. Just takes a few extra Advil to help out afterwards!|
|Through many, many downsizings, we kept the rocking horse that Colin and Karen gave Brad when he was 18 months old. Magnus really had fun with it this summer and would happily get on and rock.|
|We bought the swimming pool for the kids to cool off, but Obi would voluntarily jump in and lie down to cool off during the 39C days.|
|Ed and Colleen sitting in the shade on the dock|
|Magnus on the tractor - 2015|
|Magnus on the tractor - 2014|
A few days after their arrival, Amy and Shaun Cowan and their two little girls arrived for a week. The three kids got along really well and we even volunteered to babysit a couple of times so their parents could have some adult time.
Our very dear friend, Heather Moe was here during most of August at her trailer, and if we couldn't find Magnus, we knew he would be visiting with "Miz Moe".
|Miz Moe (Heather) was on hand to help at dinner the night that Brad, Anette, Amy and Shaun went out for dinner. The kids were great and we were pretty pleased with ourselves!|
|A special picture: Four generations of Kinleys|
|The Cowan Family|
|Magnus enjoying his first smore....Obi waiting patiently for some spillage.|
|Addy and Brad were born within a day or two of each other; Clare will be 5 in December.|
|Cowans and Kinleys - 2015|
|Cowans and Kinleys - 2013|
|Our family. Love them to the moon and back.|
Later, friends Laurie and Rob Vanderlee and their family who were camping down the river at Riley Creek invited us for a BBQ and we had a great time catching up with them.
|The Vanderlees came to Idaho for a visit 6 years ago, and have been coming back ever since.|
|The only downside to a beautiful, hot summer is the fires that have devastated many parts of Washington and Idaho. Ash and smokey skies are constant reminders of what many people are dealing with while we marvel at the brilliant sunsets caused by the smoke.|
Our last visitors were Whitney Walsh and her boyfriend Ryan. Whitney is the daughter of our friends Ed and Colleen and this is her second visit to RTS. Pretty sure it won't be their last as Ryan loved it as much as she did.
|Ryan and Whitney on the boat for a trip into Sandpoint|
It all boils down to being with people you love and care about, and where laughter comes as easily as taking a breath.
Tonight we celebrated years of friendship with our good friends, and RTS partners, Heather and Don Moe. Heather's dad is visiting this week, and joined in the merriment.
|A fantastic dinner amongst friends|
|Four friends....countless memories|
|Heather, Don, Bill Jepps and Riley|
"Happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product."