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Monday, August 18, 2014



















Are you guys starting to feel like I am your grandma holding you captive while showing you thousands of slides from my latest cruise? I know. I know. So many pictures! Since being back from our mini-vacation I have been trying to play catch-up, both on some rest and lots of work. It's amazing what a few days away from both can do to you. With that my only leisure time on the computer has been going through photos. These ones here are from the town of Wallace, Idaho. 

When we first got into Idaho, I had booked a hotel, sight unseen, in Kellogg which is trying to bring tourism into the area with a resort and its 3 mile long gondola that takes you up to Silver Mountain. Last time I went we stayed there and that's pretty much where I lingered in said town. My memory betrayed me of the rest of the town. Oy. I don't like to hurt peoples feelings, in fact I hate it. I also don't want to come across as a snob, because I really don't think I am. But. This hotel was so awful, I walked in and immediately walked out, we handed back the keys. I just couldn't. We then took a little walk around Kellogg and the whole time I was thinking "I need to get to Wallace. I need to see something cute." Wallace is the only place in America where the entire town in on the national register of historical places. It is so cute. The population is just over 700, even though the town sign says closer to 1000. It's also in the Silver Valley and has suffered the same fate as everywhere else in this area as the mines have closed down. I kept thinking what a perfectly quaint town it was. How it seemed suspended in time. It looks like a place where people would come for that quaint small town charm, it almost feels like it's a movie set. But of course if people came there it wouldn't be what it is. That whole circle of thought spun in and around my head a lot while I was there. 

We happened upon a parade while we were there too, and while it only lasted about one minute, I am thinking it was probably pretty good luck. The fact that it turned out to be an accordion festival convinced that it was indeed quite lucky. In fact the parade was so small that when we took a little trolly tour around Wallace while we were heading up to go to the mining tour, M+L were convinced that were another parade and proceeded to wave to everybody we passed. On our trolly tour were given a few factoids about Wallace. And if you didn't know Dante's Peak was filmed in here. That's right. Dante's Peak!!! It's the claim to fame and you can't go anywhere without anyone who was alive 1996 letting you know this fact. And if they happened to run into Pierce Brosnan, well, he was the nicest guy ever. And Linda Hamilton used to sit at the bar and shoot the breeze with locals. The other big news I learned on our trolly ride was that Teddy Roosevelt visited once in 1903, and in 2003 they had a commemorative festival. So if anyone out is there is looking for a place to make history or perhaps a movie, I hope you will consider Wallace, the tour guides need some more material as he told us the same two stories both there and back. And seriously, Pedro Chang's sounds like some good movie material. 

PS Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our instagram challenge. Lauren and I will be posting some of our faves on Friday to share with you all. 

19 comments:

  1. absolutely stunning photos christine! and don't feel like a snob...i TOTALLY understand you walking out of that hotel, especially since you had your little ones with you. so glad to see all is well dear :)

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  2. The parade looks like it was absolutely adorable. You stumble upon little towns like this in Texas and wonder "who lives here" and "what do they do"? I'm not as disciplined as you are and actually get into exploring with my camera but next time, I'll make sure to stop. Then again, it could be Texas Chainsaw Massacre so maybe I'll point and shoot with a camera and a crossbow

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  3. I couldn't put my finger on the words, but you did it perfectly: a movie set. That's really what it looks like! Adorable and just a bit eerie in it's quaint perfect-ness, if that makes any sense? Good for you for walking out of that hotel; you could have stuck it out if it was just you, but you have wee ones to think about, and honestly, it is worse to say at a seedy hotel than it is to feel like a snob. Which you aren't, by the way! But then I was raised by a mom who had to change rooms at least four times at every hotel we ever checked in to (and there were plenty we walked right out of!).

    How beautiful did that accordion festival sound? I bet it was magical! xo

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    1. my grandma was like that. we'd drive around forever and go to one hotel room after the next. i sometimes wish i could be more like that. but then i don't. in this case i wanted to be able to channel it a bit more. i just felt like i was probably taking food off this guys table so i felt horrible bad :( but it smelled like chemicals (???) so bad there was no way my kids were sleeping there.

      ha, i should have mentioned that they played living on a prayer during the festival. we were saying 'wait. is that? it is. it's living on a prayer!' it was pretty hilarious and maybe a bit ironic. i think magical might be a stretch though. joyful for sure.

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  4. good luck, indeed! i should think accordion festivals are quite a rarity in this country. i wonder why accordians? and then i noticed the banner labels wallace as the "festival city", which makes me wonder still... are there other famed festivals the town hosts? you seemed to have had a fantastic trip through history and time during your mini-vacation. if all grandmas took as lovely photos, with such charming stories, we wouldn't have minded the epic slideshows ;)

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  5. I don't think I could get tired of your photos showing America through your eyes. It's such a fresh and genuine perspective. And I would definitely consider Wallace for shooting a film there. My imagination already runs wild. :)

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    1. thank you so much ada. such kind words. wallace really would be a great place to make a movie, especially something set in the early 1900's, they wouldn't need any false fronts for the buildings!

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  6. i love that an accordion parade exists (and that you found it!). who knew? we have two accordions at home, a kids one and a dilapidated one that needs a repair. when we find an accordion repair man, that thing will be worth it to repair.

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  7. keep your photos coming. I so want to go on a road trip again too. so I will live vicariously through yours :)

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  8. Oh no Christine, are you telling me you passed up a chance to have dinner at a place called Pedro Changs?! No, but seriously, there's takeout places in NYC that combine (insert Latin American country here) with Chinese, and it's usually really good. Love all the images.

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