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The Route to Coeur d'Alene · Thursday March 29, 2007

Here I sit on the fifteenth floor of the lovely Hotel Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. Braeden and I just got back from a romp in the pool and he's having a last minute game of football before heading to bed.

We've had a great trip so far. Hard to believe we left Seattle just three weeks ago. It almost feels like we don't live there anymore. Braeden and I had tons of fun during our four days at Lake O'Hara. I could not believe how much snow there was. The route up was a pretty easy 11 kms and I pulled Braeden in a little sled (pulk) rented from the outdoor centre at the University of Calgary. The little guy seemed pretty comfortable all bundled up in his winter clothes and slept for most of the way. He was an angel during our stay at the Alpine Club of Canada Hut and quickly made friends with the rest of the group that arrived shortly after we did. We spent our days skiing and playing in the snow. Braeden even had a chance to try his hand at snowshoeing. He thought it was hilarious that he could walk on top of the snow while I trudged along waist deep beside him.

Calgary was relaxing and I enjoyed our usual pampering at the Casa del Sloan. Braeden and I went three times to the Southland Leisure Centre to partake of the wave pool and waterslides. By the end he was going down the smallest slide all on his own. I felt like it was a little step on his road to independence - I never cease to marvel at how fast he grows and changes.

Toby has also changed alot in the last couple of weeks. He's such a laid back, happy baby. Julie and I feel very lucky. I love to lay down beside him and stare into his deep blue eyes while he smiles and coos. He's holding his head up pretty well now and is almost sleeping through the night if you can believe it.

We set out yesterday afternoon from Calgary and drove south to cross the border to Montana at Carway, heading on to East Glacier where the Sloans had a cabin until Julie and Lara were 17. It was very interesting to see the place having heard so much about it over the years. Hard to believe we've never been down that way before. East Glacier is pretty quiet in the off season but the mountainous backdrop would be spectacular any time of the year. I enjoyed taking a little stroll with Julie down memory lane. I think it was a somewhat bittersweet journey for her and reminded us both how much we've grown up and changed ourselves over the twelve years we've been together.

Julie and I intended to stay in East Glacier but couldn't find suitable accommodation so we went on as far as Columbia Falls and then bedded down for the night. Today we took it really easy and stopped in a little town called Libby for a few hours for a picnic and a morning at the playground. We also made a stop at the spectacular Kootenai Falls and crossed the river on a little suspension bridge which was a thrill for Braeden. It was quite beautiful. Now I'm off to bed in one of the nicest hotel rooms I've been in. Next stop I think will be Leavenworth before we undertake the final leg of our journey on Saturday.

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  1. wow! what a treat, i wasn’t expecting you to have updated. sounds like you’ve been having a lovely few weeks, and i’m glad you’re squeezing every last drop of fun and adventure out of your paternity leave. and there’s so much more to come too!! but i miss you guys, so get back to our neck of the woods soon…
    Kelsey    Mar 29, 10:17 PM    #
  2. I’m so bored of Coeur d’Alene. Time for an update! :)
    Lindsay Margenau    May 25, 06:12 PM    #
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