I don’t camp much these days, but I did go to summer camp this year on the happy occasion of my daughter’s wedding. It was held at Four Echoes Girl Scout Camp outside of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, near the childhood getaway of her fiance’s family.
Ashley is an accomplished young woman. She just opened a new shop called Teascape, offering massage therapy alongside organic teas from around the world. Check it out at http://www.teascapepdx.com. Her soul mate, Cheyne, is a wealth manager, and all around good guy. They met at ballroom dancing class, so have many beautiful dances ahead of them.
We arrived ahead of the wedding posse and set up our camp at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort. That in itself was an adventure. The entire first floor was dedicated to several casino rooms and four restaurants. Thank goodness they also had a spa where we could escape the colorful, smokey, beeping madness.
We had a decent dinner that night at camp casino and turned in early. The next morning we were up with the sun and all the gamblers and had one of the biggest breakfasts we have ever seen…in the darkness of the casino. There are no windows or clocks.
The wedding party was not to arrive until early evening, so we took a trip up to the town of Coeur d’Alene, which is quite a pretty place. Later that evening we met Ashley and Cheyne at Sun Up Bay Resort, the family summer retreat.
We had organic burgers and corn on the grill and the next morning we were up and running to pick up the sound system for the big day. We returned later for the rehearsal dinner at wedding camp.
We had a nice dinner on the deck of the lodge, then up again the next morning to drive to Spokane to fetch the pies for the wedding feast. Meanwhile, my son Adam, was on a plane to join us. He is an expert printer and co-owner of a doggie day care called Fetch, managed by his wife, Britt. You can find them at http://www.fetchdaycare.com.
THE BIG DAY. It was a perfect afternoon and all went smoothly. Ashley was so beautiful in an awesome dress made by her mother.
Unfortunately, Adam had to run to catch a plane back to Portland so he could get back to work for the early shift the next day. We were just happy that he was able to be there.
It was truly a tender, heart-felt ceremony. Everybody cried. I am so proud of her and so happy that she has found the man of her dreams. Love is a wonderful thing. I wish them a lifetime of it. Dance on!
I, too, look forward to the many years ahead.