Bucket list adventure is close to home

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Several years ago Bert and I decided we needed to do an annual adventure and made a list of things we hadn’t done but wanted to do. So far we’ve checked off jet boating in Hell’s Canyon, whale watching in the San Juan Islands, riding the Route of the Hiawatha, white water rafting on the Clark Fork River and taking a plane ride over the Grand Canyon. Floating the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River is an ongoing summer favorite for us.

I realized that after decades of living here and loving the lake and rivers I’ve not experienced parasailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene so that’s top of the list for 2019. It made me curious what other locals had not experienced in the category of vacationing in our own backyard.

Sue Sims said riding the Route of the Hiawatha is on her list, Barb Smalley said she’d never been to Stateline Speedway, Kim Edmundson wants to zip line, Taryn Thompson plans to parasail and also included the ropes course at Farragut, ziplining on Silver Mountain and the natural rock water slides at Priest Lake on her bucket list.

Quite a few of my friends have parasailed over the lake but Jeanne Emerson’s story made me laugh. “My mom, Mildred Tanner, parasailed for her 85th birthday. And just like Queen Elizabeth, she wanted to take her purse up with her.” I promise to leave my purse on dry land.

So remember we live in an area that people travel from all over to enjoy ... adventure is close to home!

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Tracey Vaughn realized that if anyone who didn’t know her saw her recent “to do” list that included arsenic, get murder boxes to folks, set up murder times and bury Joseph, she might have some ‘splainin’ to do. But those who do know that she runs Coeur d’Alene Murder Mystery Theater wouldn’t think it’s an unusual list at all.

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Friday is Flag Day and we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the Continental Congress approving the design for our nation’s flag, which they did on June 14, 1777. American Legion Post 154 is holding a public flag retirement ceremony from 10-11 a.m. on Flag Day at the Lions Club House in Rathdrum.

The respectful and proper disposal of flags is quite interesting and moving. If you’ve never experienced a flag retirement ceremony, I encourage you to attend with your family.

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Father’s Day evokes sweet memories of my own father as well as the father that fate and providence brought into the lives of my three daughters in 1986 when Bert and I were married. Three daughters, two of whom were teenagers, created a ready-made family and no shortage of teen angst and drama. But through it all for over three decades Bert has loved unconditionally these daughters of ours. He wasn’t there at their birth but has been their Northern star through every important milestone and crossroad.

For every man who has loved and raised their children by marriage, blessings tenfold. I’m convinced there’s a special place in Heaven for you all. Happy Father’s Day!

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Things to Do Highlights:

Tonight, Live After 5 at McEuen Park features The Voice Showcase with three 2019 contestants from the show: Jacob Maxwell, Trey Rose and Eric Henderson. Ages 12 and younger are free, it costs $10 for age 13 and older.

Thursday is opening night of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast, 7:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Show runs through June 30. Tickets/info: 208-660-2958, www.cdasummertheatre.com.

Also on Thursday, Knudtsen Chevrolet celebrates 80 years in business from 5-8 p.m. with a free barbecue, live music and the presentation of a new car to a graduating high school senior!

On Friday, the Post Falls Chamber’s 27th annual Post Falls Open Golf Tournament has a 1 p.m. shotgun start at The Links. Info: 208-773-5016.

Friday is free fun for the family at Day for Kids with the Boys and Girls Club at McEuen Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Car d’Lane has its Friday night cruise through downtown and Saturday show on Sherman Avenue.

On Saturday Bob’s 21 Club hosts a Street Fair and Dance from 2-10 p.m. in Post Falls. Live music by Kelly Hughes, games and vendors will be part of the fun.

Youth Fishing Day is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Falls Park, for ages 5-14. Register with Post Falls Park and Recreation at 208-773-0539.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday for the American Big Rig semi-trucks race at Stateline Speedway, followed by a fireworks display.

On Father’s Day the Hauser Lake Lions Club is cooking up breakfast at the firehouse from 8-11 a.m. and Spirit Lake hosts the annual Big Back In lawn mower drag races from noon to 4 p.m. on Maine Street.

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Happy Birthday today to John Imhoff, Nicci Cushman, Vivian Worth and Kamryn Peacock (13!). Tomorrow Mark Tucker, Meg Andrews, Ann Heinen, Jacklyn Holovka and Dave Siroshton celebrate. Happy Flag Day birthdays to Oskar Owens (21!), Christina Hatfield, Tiffany Morrett, Shawna Virgil, Don Morgan, Chris Doyle, Lisa Odenberg, Carmen Myklebust, Brandon Bedwell, Susan Noble and Steve Bruno.

On Saturday Sharon Bruno, Jody Piper, Jeffrey Benjamin, John McMurray, Richard Wegner, Taylor Brockhoff, Bob Friske, John Hopper and Joe Hutchinson blow out the birthday candles. On Father’s Day Tim Shepperd, Jay Troy, Steve Smalley, Taylor Brockhoff, Bill Dick, Desiree Barclift, Darick Pope, Brenda Gabriel, Frank Bybee, Stephen Parmentier, Shelly Cunnington, Richard Wegner and Rebecca Morelli take another trip around the sun.

Raydeane Owens, Jim Foote, Susan Reilly, Vicky Houle, Brenda Gabriel, Jesse Bishop, Leigh Cossette, Jennifer Smith and Dana Scholwinski blow out the candles on Monday. Jim Hammond, Wanda McLean, Katy Meeks and Sean Watson will celebrate on Tuesday.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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