LOWELL/SYRINGA — It’s cold at night up here. It’s been sunny during the day and warm, seems to be everyone’s favorite time of year. Little students are back in school, fishermen and hunters are pulling in with their little camo outfits on from head to toe, matching sidearm cases, and even their cars are now camo, painted camo, but the camo is covered with mud! Not sure I get the new trend for ladies and girls, pink camo, but I personally have never seen a pink bush or tree, or even a pink rock, so if they are trying to blend into the forest, it’s not working. Walking through the mall is fine though.
Our summer season is officially over. Whew, it’s time for us to slip into our pj bottoms for the day and watch the news in the morning with coffee. Gone are big fire crews, gone are the big fires, and gone is the smoke, gone is about 50 percent of our green trees, gone is my ever present sunny attitude that nothing really bad will ever happen to the resort, but we are all here and well, so time to quit whining!
Marty and Dani Smith attended the WSU/Cal football game last Saturday. They had really great box seats, a gift from one of the Upper Selway rafters Marty took on the river this year. Marty gave me a rundown, and I quote, “It was Cal over Wazzu, went down to the last play around midnight. We saw Halliday break the all-time NCAA single game passing record, but the Cougs lost. The Bear Raid beat the Air Raid.”
Lara Smith’s mother, Jerry Heidtman from Ohio, is visiting Mike, Lara, and the MERMS for a few weeks. They have been looking forward to this visit for a long time and will surely be attending Miss Martha’s basketball games for the next few weeks. Lucky for Jerry she was in the kitchen for the last several fire meals and had to sling a little hash and wash the pots and pans for the last of the dinners. Such a good sport, it was nice to have her experienced help. Now the whole family plans to visit some of the local sites, Dog Bark Park is a favorite, and if she was a fisherman, she’d be having some really good luck, so much fun to be had in the Idaho Wilderness.
The Ryan’s, Steve and Ann at the Wilderness Inn have had a good fall so far. They did the breakfast and lunch for the crew and kept the restaurant open as well. They always have good food and stay open into the fall.
Not sure what the hours are at The Syringa Café, pretty sure they stay open into October as well. They have good food and homemade huckleberry pie and it’s always nice to have a choice of dining facilities, sometimes known in the city as the Pub Crawl.
Miss Madeline came walkin’ in the kitchen during one of the fire meals. We just cleaned up after a big, 120-plate dinner, and she looked around and said, “No leftovers tonight?”