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May 25

Summer Vacations: 15 Unforgettable Trips

In today’s printed issue of USA Today (Section D – Life / Destinations & Diversions) is an article entitled “15 Unforgettable Summer Vacations.” The cover page has a gorgeous photo of the Cedar Street Bridge Shopping Mall that crosses Sand Creek in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Cedar Street Bridge Sandpoint, Idaho

I spent the bulk of my adolescent years in this small Northern Idaho town (population 4,500 at that time) and used to regularly cross the bridge that the shopping mall uses as a foundation. I ice skated under the bridge in the winter. I popped-wheelies with my motorcycles on that bridge as my cousin ?Derek?and I raced to a riding area we called “Bum Jungle!”

The newspaper article leads with comments?about Sandpoint and I felt proud to have come from that place. The opening paragraph states:

I was smitten with this lakefront town from the moment I saw it, tucked between the Selkirk mountains in Idaho’s Panhandle like some Northwoods Brigadoon. I relished my sunset tour of Lake Pend Oreille, the state’s largest, followed by a solo, late-night foray to a meadow where a dazzling meteor storm punctuated the enveloping darkness.

Interestingly enough to me, that’s quite often how I remember life in that small town. So many experiences and?such a beautiful place see during every season. I miss that little town. [sigh] Although it may not be quite as idyllic now as it is in my remembrance, it’s still nice to stroll down memory lane every once in a while. Especially?when national news or local events remind us of those “Good Ol’ Days.”

Perhaps one day I’ll get back there for a little summer diversion . . . I’d love to take my boys there. ?I’d like them to see where I grew-up.

~SP

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