Idaho Connections

Friendship…I have spoken of it often.  We all have them, some deeper than others.  I find that the older I grow, the more I am touched by the special connections I make, the richer the experiences, the fuller my life.

Spending my career in the corporate world I didn’t take the time to reflect upon these special bonds.  I was too busy flying around the country or sitting behind a desk from the early morning well into the evening.  The corporate life can do that – demand all of you.

Reflective morning on Pend Orielle River
Reflective morning on Pend Orielle River

As I sit here writing, I am enveloped in a comforting cloak of gratitude.  This nomadic lifestyle, the ability to retire when we did, has given us many opportunities to make some amazing friends, those we know will last a lifetime.

We recently spent three days with just such a couple, two special people we met this past winter in Jojoba Hills…easy conversation, quick to laugh, great hugs.  You know the type.

Terry and Frank pairing up for a game of pickleball
Terry and Frank pairing up for a game of pickleball

When Frank and Margee learned of our summer travel plans, they generously extended an invitation to stay on their property in Idaho for a few days.  Wanting to get to know them better, we accepted.

Marina in Coeur d’Alene

Days were filled with hiking, great meals, and lots of laughs.  They carved three days out to taxi us around, showing us the sights.  We are so grateful for their incredible generosity and the time to better know this wonderful couple.

Terry learning to take a selfie with our new phone
On the Lakeview Mtn Trail overlooking Priest Lake.
Frank and Margee - a very special couple we are honored to call friends
Frank and Margee – a very special couple we are honored to call friends

With one last heartfelt thank you and hugs all around, Frank’s final comment still echoes – “you’re family.”  And that is what I am finding in this journey we call life, friendships that embody the best of family.

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