My Annual New Year's Trip to Sun Valley, Idaho (or, why I love ID!)

Sunday, January 08, 2012

We go every year to Sun Valley, Idaho for New Year's with Randy's family. His parents live up there half the year and always spend the holidays up there. I love the place. I love Idaho (we got married there, in a field covered with wild flowers) and it's fun to get away from everything and be with his family and whichever of our kids can make it. It's always different and there's tons of things to do if you like winter sports. I got sick though, with a sinus infection (felt more like strep to me, but what do I know?) and so I was not as perky as usual. I was so sick I went to the ER (they don't have Urgent Care). They gave me meds but I still felt lousy most of the time we were there. I was so mad about that! I am in Winter Wonderland and all I want to do is sleep. Of course, I did manage to have some fun and it was really nice to see everyone together. And Randy's folks are just sweethearts.

My son Adam and I cross country skiing. He took to it, I didn't.

Here's Randy. He really enjoyed the XC skiing.

The Kahle Family, my in-laws, they are lovely people. It's middle son Charlie, eldest son Randy, Randy's dad Loren, Randy's mom Betty, and the youngest, Jim.

Here's my part of the crew standing at Galena Pass. Randy, my eldest Amy, her boyfriend Simon, and my youngest Adam. Sadly, neither of Randy's kids nor my middle two made it this year.

Adam wanted to XC ski again so we took Amy and Simon and they did that while Randy and I snowshoed. Yes, Amy is wearing shorts. She's kooky like that! And she lives in Alaska.

That'd be me, happy as a clam that I am NOT XC skiing! And that I've got Randy alone.

See? It was just us and beautiful day and I was finally feeling better too.

The last day we were there Randy and I headed out to snowshoe along the river, through the woods. It was dim and cold but fun. We came to the spot where the other people had turned around and there was no more tramped down snow. So what did we do? We did what any Sparker would do, see next picture!

We kept going!

He he, I can see by this picture I still need to lose a bit more in the caboose!
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    I lived in Idaho for 9-10 years...It was awesome, I loved it. My husband did lots of work up in Sun Valley with his Audio/Visual company. Looks like it was good time! Hope you're feeling better. There's more snow there than here in the Utah ski resorts! Cool.
    3130 days ago
    So sorry you were sick, but it looks like a beautiful place and at least you had some fun :) Great pics!
    3131 days ago
  • ASL191
    What a lovely plAce, looks like you had fun even with feeling poorly.

    As for you behind, it is just the camera angle!
    3131 days ago
  • NOW4ME2011
    Thanks for sharing! Great pics. Beautiful place. Sorry you felt under the weather. Hope you are doing better now.

    3131 days ago
    The family looks great! Sorry you were feeling sucky though. Looks like you managed to enjoy yourself anyway. I can see why you love ID! I wish I were in a winter wonderland right now! I really miss XC skiing!

    3131 days ago
  • REYVE01
    PS... I've been to Idaho too... nice place. emoticon
    3131 days ago
  • REYVE01
    Too bad you didn't feel good.... It cracks me up that your daughter is wearing shorts... she sounds spunky. emoticon

    3131 days ago
    Looks like a lot of fun and great fitness min!
    3131 days ago
    LOL to Mimi's comment because I was thinking about saying the same thing... is it true? Randy's the oldest? Because he looks like the youngest :) And you look amazing!! It all looks like so much fun - and your final comment about your caboose - Dear Teresa, that's the angle of the shot - you look terrific and I'm proud of you for continuing on and making your own trail! WOOT WOOT emoticon

    PS - I'm glad you are feeling better!
    3131 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2012 9:19:47 PM
    You look great and the kids are adorable. Meanwhile, Randy's family are all good-looking BUT THERE IS NO WAY HE IS THE OLDEST! No. I won't believe it. He must be the youngest. Pictures don't lie.
    3131 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you had a lot of fun! Great pictures too!
    3131 days ago
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