The radiant beams from above are due to the fact that the sun is just over the top of the porch where the Bradys are standing. Nothing mystical going on, I don't think. It's great to see your kids and your kids' friends raising their own families.
Water sports are big in the Snake River Valley. Kelly told a story about one of her first class sessions. To get acquainted she told her students, Just ask me any question. Student asked what sounded to her like: Do you wake bored? She thought that was a little strange, but she answered the best she could: No, I usually wake up in a good mood. Students laughed. What she had been asked is: Do you wakeboard - ride something like a snowboard while being pulled behind a motorboat?
Our RV park in Coeur d'Alene is on the Spokane River, just where it flows out of CdA Lake (it's not fun typing Coeur d'Alene). We got a prime spot overlooking the park's beach area. Our traveling companions were thrilled.
We had a pretty leisurely two days and three nights in CdA, driving around a couple of lakes in the area, strolling the lakefront park, doing a little shopping, relaxing, and reading. We were struck by how many homes were for sale in the area - nice lakefront properties. Some lake scenes:
Downtown CdA is decorated with these large hanging baskets of flowers.
We attended the downtown Presbyterian Church, because they had a 930 service (we had our riverview site for just two nights; had to move by Sunday noon to another site - predestination?) and enjoyed it very much: friendly people, fine music, thoughtful sermon, etc. After a meet and greet session, members were asked to introduce guests. We were sitting next to a lady who was also a guest. The person who introduced her said that she, the guest, had lived in CdA several years but just recently attended a funeral at the church. It impressed her so much that she decided to come back for a regular service. Then the lady who introduced us said, These are the Easterlings who are traveling through and have no intention whatsoever of coming back. That got a big laugh.
The church's most valuable person was the lady who played the piano and organ, led a quartet who led the congregation in a couple of praise songs, and sang a solo - all with great skill and flair. Susie wondered if she swept the floors and straightened up after church.
I liked the praise-song portion of the service. It was short, congregational singing of two songs projected on a screen, accompanied by only a piano and led by four singers, one of whom briefly introduced each song. Proved the praise experience doesn't require amplified drums and guitars and a half-hour on your feet. Harumpff.
Another nice touch was doing a couple of Christmas carols - it was July 25. Preacher said one of the influential ladies on the matriarchs row had asked for it. We opened with O Come All Ye Faithful and closed with Joy to the World. Felt good.
It's Monday and we're off to Canada.
Susie and Rob