A Summer to Remember

The summer of 2014 has come and gone.  How did you spend yours and did you enjoy it?  I sure hope so.

We spent a large portion of the summer at our home away from home in McCall, Idaho.

McCall - Collage1We spent a total of 48 days there ~ some of it with family, some with good friends, and some by ourselves.  On most of the days we stayed up way too late and slept in way too long, some days we ate too much and exercised too little, we took an occasional nap, watched a few movies, and caught up on reading.  Each and every day was filled with fun and lots of good memories.

These are some of the summer highlights that made this A Summer to Remember:

Sailing ~ We spent most of our afternoons and several evenings {my favorite} sailing on this beautiful lake.

McCall Sailing

Some friends of ours that have spent a lot of time in McCall with us gifted us this fun picture that now enhances one of our cabin walls.  Isn’t it cute?  I just love it.

McCall - Sailing Picture

Fireworks ~ A July 4th tradition is to watch fireworks over the lake with all of the other residents and hundreds of tourists that spend the holiday in McCall.  Sometimes we watch from our boat out on the water and sometimes at the park in town {my favorite}.  This year we were at the park.  We were waiting for the sun to set so the fireworks could begin.

McCall - Evening Marina

Beach and Water ~ We spent hours playing in the water and on wave runners and relaxing while sitting with our feet in the water on scorchingly hot days.

McCall - Beach

McCall Beach

McCall Brent

McCall - Cara, Ty, Corinne

McCall - Brent & Brooklyn

McCall - Ty

McCall - Pat

McCall - Brent

Fire Fighting ~ There were a few wildfires near McCall and we heard and saw this helicopter flying over us several times a day for a couple of weeks.  I’m fascinated by these helicopters that suck water out of a lake and drop it on the fires.  We didn’t have our camera with us so we took this picture with Brent’s phone and the quality isn’t very good but I’m glad we have a picture of it anyway.

McCall - Firefighting Helicopter

Lost and Found ~ Both of these were miraculously recovered from the lake ~ one pair of eyeglasses and a small hook and pin for our boat ladder.

4-wheel Rides ~ One day Brent and our friend, Dennis, and his daughter, Lucy, took a morning ride to Granite Lake and up to the Brundage lookout.

Dennis & Lucy

The next day Brent and I and Dennis and Heidi rode to the same lookout.  We’re grimy and covered in dirt, including our hair.  Boy did our showers feel good that day!  Down there in the background is Payette Lake, the lake we sail on.

McCall Lookout

McCall Lookout

A Big Win ~ We won tickets to the Curtis Stigers McCall Jazz Festival.  Curtis Stigers, a well-known jazz singer/saxophonist/songwriter was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and comes back to the Boise area regularly for concerts.  This year he hosted a fundraiser jazz festival to benefit The Shepherd’s Home, which provides care for children in crisis.  In addition to Curtis Stigers, there were two local jazz bands, and world-class saxophonist Joel Frahm and singer Ann Hampton Calloway.

McCall Jazz Festival

McCall Jazz Festival

Family ~ We were blessed to have my parents, one of my sisters and two of her kids, and my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter spend time with us in McCall over the 4th of July.  We had such a fun time with them.

McCall - Beach

McCall - Amanda & Brooklyn

McCall - Brooklyn

A Wedding ~ We spent a quick 20 hours in Salt Lake City the first part of August when we drove there for our nephew’s wedding.  Here are some pictures that captured their beautiful day.

Adrian & Tiana

Adrian & Tiana

Dad & Brooklyn

A&T Wedding

Wildlife ~ We saw several deer and a fox and this tree that’s been excessively pecked.


What I Read ~ I’ve read these books before but decided I wanted to give them further study this summer:  The First 2000 Years: from Adam to Abraham, The Third Thousand Years: from Abraham to David, and The Fourth Thousand Years: from David to Christ all by W. Cleon Skousen and Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand and Phillip Yancey.

A Crazy Boat ~ This Jaws boat isn’t just the funniest boat I’ve seen on Payette Lake, it’s the funniest boat I’ve EVER seen.

McCall - Jaws Boat

The Little Cabin ~ About 15 feet off our main structure is a little one room cabin that we call “The Little Cabin.” We gave it a cute updated, cottage look by adding new siding, a new roof, and new paint.  It needs some flowers, though ~ I’ll add those next year.

McCall - Little Cabin

Sailing the San Juan Islands ~ Each year we pull our boat out of McCall on Labor Day weekend because after Labor Day the water level drops.  A couple of weeks later we go somewhere to sail for a week.  This year we went to the San Juan Islands.  I’ll post more on that later but here are a few favorite pictures from that fun trip.

San Juan Islands San Juan Islands - ferry San Juan Islands - Roche Harbor San Juan Islands ~ San Juan Islands ~ Roche Harbor

And last of all…

We’re Debt Free! ~ There you have it, that’s my Dave Ramsey Debt Free Shout Out!  We don’t have the courage to call the show so I guess I’ll do it here on my blog!  This summer we paid off our mortgage and it’s absolutely one of the best feelings ever ~ I highly recommend it.

Phew!!!  We made it.  If you aren’t family and you actually read clear to the end of this post you deserve some kind of reward.  🙂  I hope you enjoyed reading all about my summer vacation {ha, I couldn’t resist that line!}.


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6 Responses to A Summer to Remember

  1. Kay September 25, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Great to see that you had a great summer Lori …. love all the pictures you shared. Awesome job to you and Brent to be financially Debt Free!

    • Lori September 25, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you, Kay. You actually made it to the end so I’m sending big bloggy hugs to you!

  2. Cara September 26, 2014 at 1:20 am #

    You always have fun, jam packed summers, always on the move :)…. Congrats on debt free living and new found freedom *whoop-whoop* <3 <3

    • Lori September 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      You’re part of the fun and we love that you always come spend time in McCall with us. It’s getting to be your home away from home, too.

  3. Maureen September 26, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Wow Lori! It looks like you guys had a wonderful, fun, and full summer! Great pictures 🙂 And debt free……WOW! My hubby and I are following both Dave Ramsey and Mary Hunt and all things point to debt free in 3 and half years! It is the success stories that keep us motivated along the way!

    • Lori September 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks, Maureen. That’s awesome that you’ll soon be out of debt, too. I love success stories, too, they’re so inspiring.

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