Atlanta Thanksgiving 2012

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November 22, 2012

Heather and Eric invite us up to the cabin in Atlanta, Idaho we’ve heard so much about while under construction these past many months. We are excited to see it and spend Thanksgiving together.

Out of the house for Thanksgiving

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Out of the house for Thanksgiving
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Spending Thanksgiving at Heather and Eric’s newly built cabin in Atlanta has been planned for a year. The cold November morning finds us caravanning around Arrowrock Reservoir toward the Middle Fork as dreams of snow and smoked turkeys dance in our heads.

Lakebed shenanigans

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When I came by on the motorcycle a few weeks ago¹ I thought the area ceded by the reservoir looked like a fun Jeep playground. It is! Cassidy and Brenna are hootin’ and hollerin’ from the back as we spin cookies in the light mud. The boys, who rode with Heather and Eric, are missing out.

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Old riverbank

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Old riverbank
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We stop to explore a bit of the old riverbank that now sits under water much of the year. The terrain seems almost alien.

Cassidy in the local colors

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Cassidy in the local colors
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Time to find the road again

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Time to find the road again
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It is a little treacherous getting back up to the road — sweet.

Entering Atlanta

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Entering Atlanta
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We are pleased to see the town after sixty miles of dirt roads. It’s our first time here.

Main Street Atlanta

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Main Street Atlanta
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New cabin

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New cabin
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The new cabin sits just above town.

Poker in the loft

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The kids settle in among six bunks in the loft glad, I’m sure, to be out of the cars.

Baby get-together

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A couple of Eric’s friends are also here for Thanksgiving dinner.

Defenseless brother

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The newest family member gets all the attention — at least all the girls’ attention.

Too much pie

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Too much pie
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Atlanta suburbs

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After settling in, we set out to explore local attractions.

Above Chattanooga

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Eric leads us to Chattanooga Hot Springs along the Middle Fork of the Boise River just next to town.

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Slippery rocks

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The water is slimier than Jessica likes but she grins and bears it.

Hot shower

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Aqua massage

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Happy hikers

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Have puddle will wade

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A baby again

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It is fun having a baby around.

Target practice

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The boys are pleased when Eric lets them target practice off the deck.

Targets

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Mountain man

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Mountain man
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Wild breakfast

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Afternoon cuddles

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Saint Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas
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Atlanta gangs

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Hot spring reflection

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Extra hot side

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Cold valve

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Cleaner and warmer

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Eric led us today to another hot spring across the road, a little cleaner and hotter.

Disrobe

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Hot buns

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Hot creeks

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Hot creeks
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Smoked turkey

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Smoked turkey
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The turkey has been smoking while we’ve been steaming. It smells great!

Slaving in the kitchen

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I have hardly seen Heather outside the kitchen.

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Can’t have just one

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Brenna’s plate

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The kids make the most of the appetizers before we settle into dinner, thankful for family, thankful for these beautiful, wild places.

Me versus you

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The Scrabble champion is yet to be announced.