Owen took his first trip into Idaho last weekend! Last weekend we had perfect weather for a day trip and BBQ, so we definitely took advantage of the sunny weather. And the time together before Shad starts his hermit days for finals prep. (Yuck!) We packed up the car with our good friends: Forrest, Kristi, and their son Harrison, and headed out to Sandpoint Idaho. It's about an hour and a half away from us, and a fan favorite here to local Spokanites. Overall, I'd say the trip was a pretty good success; however, it had its up and downs. When we got there the park/beach area was not what I had expected and the beach was a little bit of a disappointment. Plus all the picnic areas were surrounded by gnats, that were a severe annoyance. Every time we moved to a different area they would swarm and follow us. Finally, we surrendered and headed to the covered pavilion (OUT of the sun!) to commence our BBQ. The food was delicious, we made steaks and chicken kabobs. Mmmm. After walking around and enjoying the scenery we headed out to find a local ice cream place, which didn't turn out to be as good as we had hoped. Shad was the only one who seemed to really enjoy it... and poor Harrison experienced his first brain freeze! Then we started to make the trek home, and well... that's when Owen decided he had enough of the trip and his carseat. 5 minutes into the car ride home we had to stop to console Owen who was screaming, I mean SCREAMING. He was red in the face with anger. After a few mintues we finally got him to fall asleep, and he pretty much made it the rest of the way home okay.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed in all the hype that went into Sandpoint. Perhaps because its mainly a winter city, where it has more appeal to the skiing crowd? Maybe we should have walked around town more? Or found a different park? It was pretty, but I think we might try to venture elsewhere next time.
Harrison loves "Baby Owen", he is going to make one good big brother!
Harrison throwing rocks: