When people hear that we moved from California to Idaho, they always want to know why. So here’s the story…(of a lovely lady – or am I the only one who hears the Brady Bunch theme whenever someone says here’s the story…?)

Our family likes to take road trips. Three years ago we decided to explore the Pacific Northwest. I’d always loved Seattle and after several business trips to the area, my husband – a native Californian – started to see the appeal. Neither of us wanted to live in the sprawling metropolis that Seattle had become, so we mapped out an adventure that took us as far north as Vancouver, Canada, and east to Butte, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Adding to Seattle’s legendary gum wall (which got cleaned away)

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was one of our stops and we fell in love. The beauty of the entire area took our breath away. The climate was great, the city was nice, but not too big, and the lakes were gorgeous and plentiful. We couldn’t stay away.

The summer of 2015 we decided to look at houses in the Coeur d’Alene area, to see what was available in our price range. We found a lake front house that we really liked, but we’d need to sell our house in California. We put in a contingent offer on the house, fully expecting to be turned down, but the owner accepted our offer. We decided to get serious and list our house in California. It sold in 48 hours. With all signs pointing to go, we packed our stuff, registered the kids at their new school, and moved to Idaho.

Kayaking Spirit Lake with my daughter

Life isn’t always smooth sailing, but when things come together like that, you can’t exactly say no. So we didn’t.

Was it a stressful three weeks? You bet. Was it worth it? Absolutely.