Jacob's brother John has moved to Idaho for the month of June. We had a window of time before my new job (another story) so we drove 10 hours to the family cabin. (Yes, TEN HOURS) The cabin is in Kooskia: population 600. Apparently, it is a rite of passage to get into the Benson family. I suppose mine is almost 2 years late. Better late than never, right?
Here we are getting FREE rootbeer floats at Sonic in Boise. We're so cool. Or just really nerdy.
The cabin is literally in a forest and now houses some things that have become forgotten. Such as this school bus..... Don't you worry- the Benson family rode in this baby cross-country. It has bunkbeds, curtains, and a would-be toilet. It is probably my favorite (and Jacob's least favorite) memory.
Our niece Piper playing in the mud. I just love her swim onesie and galoshes.
We ate at a cute little restaurant called the Chatterbox. It was great to find a cute hide-away eatery.
This is a cedar tree that Jacob really loves. Honestly, he talked it up so much that it was a bit anti-climactic. In retrospect, it is really huge.
Here is the only place to buy anything in Kooskia. It is about a 25 minute drive into town and you can spend only 5 minutes there. They recently changed the name but we call it Forever Pankey's. Because we can.
Another favorite: they have 3 person bunks. And they have 3 of them. What a way to maximize space.
This is the dam that the boys made. It used to be a small stream but they built a damn good dam.
Another big part of the trip was building a fort in the forest. We used a tarp that they boys had used 17 years ago. Yes, Kooskia preserves everything. Here I am "helping". I felt it was better to stick to my photo-journalistic duties.
Here are the boys in the fort. They hope to picnic in it one time.
We tried out a farmer's market in a neighboring town. I was expecting fresh fruit and veggies and some fun homemade goods. It was more like 3 tents with old junk and used puzzles, and one lady selling 3 rabbits and a chicken. I loved it regardless.
I will admit that nature takes me out of my comfort zone, but I had a really fun time. Thanks John and Caroline for housing us last weekend!