Saturday, August 1, 2020

Calypso......

7:54 am - Real Saturday - August 1st - Coeur d'Alene, ID - 70° F, 57% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the south by southeast.......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 87° F.....much better than 100° F!  On this day in 2017 we were hiking Busen Peak in Yellowstone National Park.......↴




Man, it is time we headed for the coast, and cooler climes.  This time last year we were living in the sweltering summer climate of Ramona, CA. I was going to work at 7 am to beat the heat, and we were living half our day in air conditioning.....dreaming of cooler weather.  This summer we're not working, and still find ourselves in the occasional heatwave, but not a summer long sentence of daily oppressive heat, and we are mobile, so in a few days we will do just that....head for the coast where daily highs are in the 60's and 70's.

After finishing my daily blog post we jumped in our still freshly washed VW and headed to Calypsos Coffee Roasters over on Lakeside Avenue, down by the Lake Resort for coffee and breakfast.  When we were last in Coeur d'Alene we stayed for a month, and visited Calypsos a number of times.  We love the cool, funky vibe then, and were hoping it had survived the 7 intervening years......




......this place is full of old couches, and breakfast sets....it kind of feels like the interior of a high end furniture thrift shop, and we love it.  Good news, the cool, funky vibe lives on.....being that it was after 9:30 am on a Friday morning the place was mostly empty, and we pretty much had it to ourselves.  There is an alfresco seating area (see background of the picture below) where you can sit outside and have a view of Lake Coeur d'Alene.....


....which is just a block distant.  Yelp gives Calypsos 4 stars on 107 reviews (ours being the most recent)....we are at a solid 5.

Over the past few weeks we have ordered a few things on eBay and Amazon to have delivered to my sister's home in Spokane, plus my son, Chris, had forwarded an envelope of mail, so we headed to Hilary's home after breakfast to pick up those packages, and mail.  One of the packages was a NEW Dickinson's Marine Sea-B-Que.....the one we have been using for the 12 years we have owned the Newell is 38 years old, and has worn out.  We have loved it so much that we had to replace it with a brand new Sea-B-Que......




......it is pretty much the same BBQ, but with some improvements in the design.  At $319 this is the most expensive BBQ I have bought, but why make a change when you know you're holding a winning hand, right?  With the acquisition of the new Sea-B-Que we now have replaced every major appliance (except the A/C units) in the Newell....to recap:

1) New Dometic toilet - December 2019
2) Newer Dometic refrigerator - February 2012
3) New Norcold refer - June of 2020
4) New Winegard automatic satellite dish - October 2019
5) New Sea-B-Que - July 2020
6) New built in electric heaters (3) - March of 2013, and September 2014
7) New Girard Tankless water heater - March 2020
8) Newer Honda 2000 portable generator - January 2019
9) New LED light fixtures over sink, and vanity - September 2019

The afternoon temps got over 100°, and stayed there until after 7 pm.  Needless to say we spent most of the afternoon inside the cool confines of the Newell, but around 8 pm I went out to unbox, and setup the aforementioned new Sea-B-Que.

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