Sandpoint/Bonners Ferry, Idaho – epitome of small town(s) America

Yesterday it seems we spent half the day driving thru stunning countryside and half tasting the local fare.  Started the day at Sandpoint farmers market picking up leeks, zucchini, local jams – a spicy tomato and a roasted garlic, both were outstanding. (note to me: duplicate!) Don’t know why I didn’t pick up a jar of the roasted garlic, but I do have a recipe already for a garlic jam, so I can go from there.

The roasted garlic jam is from a company called Sweet Heat Co. from Bonners Ferry area.

Another booth  we visited, It’s What You Keep, LLC  – – we will be checking out the shop in person – goat cheese, elk, lamb, etc. An abundance of goodies to play with.

From the farmers market, we headed for Bonners Ferry where we fell into a town celebration, Kootenai River Days; streets blocked off, huge rubber slides for the kids, arm wrestling, dunking burly looking guys in a water tank, wheelchair races, the whole shebang of a carnival day in a small town.

First stop was the Kootenai River Brewing Co., LLC for a beer flight tasting. My friend, Theresa will never believe I did this!! But, I actually enjoyed their lighter offerings.
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Stopped in at Mugsys, a local hot spot right in the middle of things and sat on the patio taking everything in. Met a wonderful local couple, who have opened a fitness gym in town – – they and their old dog kept us entertained for a couple hours. And, as most of the folks we talk to, he also has a cookbook in him – 50 (100?? – can’t remember) Ways With Brown Rice.

Mugsy’s makes a mean catfish sandwich, which Roy & I shared and ended up taking the wrap he ordered home for Sunday morning breakfast!
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Left the merriment of Bonners Ferry behind and headed back to Sandpoint where the beach and sunshine beckoned us.  The dichotomy of the beach setting from when we arrived the day after the horrible windstorm that did so much damage in the area and going back yesterday, 2 days later, was amazing.
July 24 Trinity Restaurnat at RV ParkJuly 26 Sand Point BeachAs we sat lazily enjoying smoked pork nachos and a bottle of wine, and Huckleberry ice cream (telling tales on Roy Richard – he had two bowls!), a band set up for ‘our’ entertainment. Devon Wade and his band played everything from Elvis to modern day country/western/modern.  Must say he was quite the eye-candy, also…and we had a ringside seat.
July 26 Trinity Huckleberry ice creamJuly 26 Sandpoint Devon Wad band

Between the ice cream, people and boat watching and wonderful wine, it was an outstanding afternoon. Best of all, we could look out the restaurant’s window and see our travel trailer – heck, we could have had a 2nd bottle of wine and still made it home! Which we did work on after getting ‘home’ and still being able to sit outside and listen to the band!! How can you beat this kind of living?
July 25 looking at our trailer from Trinity restaurantSee the bronze pickup?? That’s us!!