Personal,  Travel

Weekend Rewind: Ski Lifts, Copper, Wildlife, and Overpriced Coffee

Happy Labor Day Monday to all of my friends in the States!

How was your weekend, and how are you spending your Labor Day? Hopefully it’s with friends, family, and good food.

I got to help some really close friends of mine up at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort in their jewelry booth over the weekend. (Go check out ->their website<– because they have some amazing talent and I have no reservation recommending it to anyone who likes gorgeous jewelry.)

So this 4-day holiday weekend is the big shabang ending to the summer season up there at Shweitzer, The Fall Fest 2017. Yep, they certainly like to go out with a big hoorah and that includes lots of boos. Personally, I’m not a drinker but this event has a lot more going on than just the drinks. Tons of artisan booths, delicious food trucks, fun for the kids, and I somehow think there’s a law somewhere saying every dog-owner has to bring their besties ’cause the dogs were numerous.

Anyway, this event has gained quite a reputation with this community and just seems to get more popular every year. It was great to get the chance to meet so many people from all over the place and help my friends sell their product. I feel like after two whole days of giving the same sales pitches I was getting pretty good compared to how terrible I was to start with. Haha, maybe I should be a retailer. Oh, and I met someone was really familiar with my old hometown down in Chile. He even showed me a picture of the volcano I used to stare at everyday. Small world, huh?

There are lots of wildfires in the area right now so unfortunately the view was a bit cloudy but still beautiful. I think the heat plus the smoke just made everyone extra thirsty so I’m so glad they have great cold brew coffee. The sad thing yesterday was that they ran out of the normal cold brew so I tried the nitro cold brew and my little coffee ended up costing way more than I’d have knowingly paid. Hey, but at least it was really good.

Schweitzer is over an hour drive from my house but it so happens to be about 5 minutes from my aunt and uncle’s place so they were kind enough to let me crash with them for a night and I just love being there. Over this past summer I spent so many days there and the surrounding woods just feel like home. Actually, I consider is my second home. They love to spend the morning sipping their coffee to a show of their wildlife friends that they’ve basically turned into pets by always having deer feed around. Pretty much every morning now you can count on a visit from a deer family, a flock of wild turkeys, and sometimes even moose. There’s also this family of squirrels that live in the tree right out back and my cousin just recently built them a personalized tree-feeder that they seemed to be loving. Oh, and it’s the funniest thing to watch was when the squirrels would run up this one apple tree, drop apples, then run back down to get them only to find that a deer had already beat them to it. Poor little squirrel.

Well, I hope you’re all having a great day and that taking the time to do something fun.


  • Felicia

    This is really random, but I live in Colorado and was visiting family in CDA Idaho and we went to the event on Saturday at Schweitzer. Honestly, I was overwhelmed, I thought there was way too many people for it to be comfortable. Fortunately we were able to eat good food and look at a few shops but with our baby, we hung out in the shade and left early. It really is beautiful there though.

    • Tori

      How very cool that you were able to go. Hmm, I wonder if I saw you while I was there, because I probably did. I do agree with you about it being overwhelming, and especially with a baby I bet it was difficult. Thank you so much for reading, Felicia.

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