Washington to Idaho

Idaho / Aug. 5, 2012 / by Gelb
Washington to Idaho

Another busy week for all of us on the bus. This week we started out in the Seattle area and finished it in gorgeous Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

Sunday, after letting everyone sleep in ever so briefly, I went to pick up Amy Rose from visiting her aunt, and then headed out to shoot our story on GreenStage. GreenStage is a really cool organization in Seattle that puts on free Shakespearean plays in public parks. We hung out ant watched/filmed Henry VIII. Such a nice way to spend the afternoon! After that, we headed out to Kirkland to interview Brad Wilke of Flash Volunteer. Flash Volunteer is an awesome site that aims to get people involved in volunteering. They're starting out in the Seattle area, but hope to expand soon.

On Monday, Steven, Amy Rose, and Chris all went out to explore Seattle. Amy Wallace wasn't feeling so well, and I stayed back to catch up on some work. Tuesday, we headed out to Bellevue to meet the fantastic people at the Sophia Way - the only homeless shelter and support organization that caters exclusively to single women. It's a really impressive organization and they do such great work. It's hard to cover all the good they do in such a short piece, but I know Steven will figure it out!

Wednesday, we got up bright and early, said goodbye to Seattle, and got on our way to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Seattle was such a cool place - I'm finding the entire Pacific Northwest to be so great - it's definitely made my list. It took us a while to get to our campground and then proceeded to zonk out. The drive was very interesting - we drove through the eastern Washington desert. The transition from forest to desert and then back to forest was absolutely fascinating.

Thursday was an incredibly strange and wonderful day. It started early in the morning with me taking Amy Rose to the airport so she could get home for a wedding. On the drive back to the campground, I heard on the radio about a music festival going on. As I was listening they announced who was opening the festival that night - Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black - two of my favorite South African artists. I did a double take - two artists from my childhood playing in the middle of Idaho?? I was so excited. When I got back I told everyone else and declared that we were going. That evening we drove up to Sandpoint, Idaho to take in the concert - it was absolutely amazing. We were outside on the baseball field of the local high school, with forests and a lake in the background, in the middle of Idaho, listening to awesome South African music. One of the best nights yet this year, and one I certainly wasn't expecting when the day began.

All of the excitement must have gotten to me - I was struck down with the flu the next morning. The others left me to wallow in bed and went to shoot our story for the area, SOARING. Joe McCarron, the founder, has developed the counseling program designed for children and based around the idea of flight. Everything about the program contains metaphors about airplanes and learning to fly. After successfully graduating from the program, the kids are taken up in a plane by a volunteer pilot. It is such an amazing organization, and I was so sad that I had to miss it. The piece is going to be amazing - definitely check it out.

Saturday morning I was feeling marginally better, and the rest of the crew had work to catch up on. In the evening, we went to family friends Mickey and John's house on Hayden Lake. It was so beautiful - we got to take a ride on their boat and explore the lake. Chris, Steven and I even jumped in. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Such a great way to end the week!