Monday, January 4, 2016


I celebrated a three-day New Year's weekend in the mountain resort town, McCall, Idaho.  It is a charming little community on the shores of Payette Lake.  My dear friends built a cabin there and I am lucky enough to enjoy a few weekends a year there.

New Year's Eve was very low key.  We spent a nice quiet evening at home sipping limoncello and champagne, watching college bowl games and quietly ringing in the New Year.

January 1st, we snowshoed in the mountains.  There was an established trail for snowshoers and cross-country skiers but we preferred creating our own trail in the fresh powder.  The sky was brilliant blue and the snow was fluffy - a perfect day to exercise in the cold, fresh air and enjoy one another's company.

After trekking around the outdoors for several hours, we stopped for appetizers and beer at a favorite local diner/watering hole.  The perfect end to a great workout.

Saturday, I was eager to ski but could not rally anyone to join me.  My best friend, Leslie, is from Mississippi and she she to have lost her enthusiasm for skiing but she does love to snowshoe, so she, her daughter-in-law, Kristin and I snowshoed in the state park around the lake.  Our adventure was spent outdoors on another gorgeous, albeit, very cold (12 degrees) blue-sky day.

I had an amazing, relaxing weekend enjoying the mountains, the snow and most importantly, terrific friends.  A wonderful way to start the year.  I am so blessed.

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