This past week Frank & I adventured with 25 of our closest friends on a cruise to the Bahamas. From Monday until Friday we ate, drank, and laughed while enjoying the sun and the ocean. It really was an escape from reality because of our lack of cell service and wifi. Our lives become so dictated by technology that it became so refreshing to have to knock on our friend's doors to get their attention instead of sending them a quick text.
In 2002 my family of five moved from San Diego, CA to Coeur d'Alene, ID. At the time I didn't appreciate the beauty of our new home, but once I moved to Georgia for college I soon realized how stunning the scenery, lake, and snow really were.
I go home every Christmas, but this was the first one where I took photos of the snow and the place I've called home for so long. Coeur d'Alene is located about 100 miles from the Canadian border in Northern Idaho. It is far from farm land and resembles Canada and the snowy mountains in Colorado.
Surrounded by mountains and bordering a beautiful national forest protected lake, Coeur d'Alene is home to about 15,000 full time residents with 30,000 summer residents that influx into the county when the temperatures rise about 60 degrees and the snow melts off.
I've made countless memories over the course of my 20 years on this earth, half of those have been during my time here at The University of Georgia. See, I'm not from here. My home is 2,500 miles northwest of Athens, in the small quiet Christmas-loving town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Unheard of and unknown, my first few months in Georgia were tough ones. I felt alone and different. Because of my lack of common ground, I sought quality conversation with new friends, something that caught most off-guard. I wasn't talking about the weather or about high school, I was talking about life goals and interests and what makes them, them.