Susie, Tim & Jake in Ketchum

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Aug. 24

Arrived in Ketchum for a visit with Tim, Susie and Jake (aka Sam). After a gorgeous drive through a long and wide valley into the Mountains that create Sun Valley and Ketchum, famous for the skiing, we pulled into Timmy and Susie's driveway to find a note taped to their door. The note says the perfect welcome: "We are at the river swimming, will be right back!" It was about 85 degrees so Andy and suited up, took our bikes down and headed out to find them. We all took our dunks in this special bend in the river that winds itself around everywhere in Ketchum. The water is cold and clean and refreshing! Jake does some 180's and 360's off the bank into the river for us! Such talent in this Michael family!

Timmy is Patrick's brother(Patrick is father of my two sons, Zachariah and Mercury) . I have known Timmy since we were painting pools together in Westchester County many years ago. He has become a professional painter and is clearly is in demand! Susie has made herself a highly respected gardening design and installing business. Please check out some of her gardens in the pix below. Andy and I were thrilled when she was able to take time to give us a tour of some of her properties. Try to imagine how these properties had so little before Susie showed up to add form, function, color and grace!

Young Jake is quickly becoming a Mythical swordsman as he uses his weapons made by Rennaisance Fair entrepenures. Sword fights in the backyard are honing his skills as he fights off both Timmy and Susie at once. The rules make it a bit more balanced with Timmy jumping around on one leg after being touched by Jake's sword and finally Susie having to come in for the final win. Jake mostly wins at everything he does but this evening we got to see the parent team get a point.

Having arrived during the week with very little warning, Timmy and Susie needed to keep working their jobs while we visited. Jake began school on Monday so life was busy. We also found out that we arrived on Timmy and Susie's Wedding Anniversary so Andy took us all out to dinner after our swim in the River. With the days free to roam around while Susie and Timmy worked and Jake held up his end of education, we explored Ketchum. Their house is about 5 miles down Warm Springs Road from the Ketchum town center. Biking is perfect! The valley is flat and wide with the mountains rising up all around offering majesty to the setting. According to the bike mechanic in town, Ketchum has "world class" mountain biking. It is the reason he lives here!

We took the chairlift up to the top of Bald Mountain and saw that even up there bikers were enthusiastically riding the trails. "Out of their minds", is what we thought. For someone to even consider riding down this mountain seems out of the question to us!!! Andy and I were proud of ourselves to just be up that high and not be fainting from the lack of oxygen!! The views were second to none as we looked out to the Sawtooth Mountain Range and saw Ketchum and Sun Valley below. This land of ours is as magnificent as any where on earth. America has it all!!!

On thursday evening Timmy, Susie and Jake were able to set aside time to take us over to a hot springs just outside of town. There are many in the area that are simply there and used by people in the know, but this one actually uses the water to fill a huge swimming pool to 86 degrees and to heat a few small hot tubs for a good hot soak. We swam and soaked for an hour or more till they were ready to close their doors. What a treasure!

We will miss living in Ketchum as we ready ourselves to leave for Yellowstone Nat'l Park. But we will not miss the oncoming winter months. One needs to be a skiier to get enjoyment out of the many months of cold, snowy weather. We had to cover Susie's tender plants in her garden on two nights that got down to freezing....it is August!!!

Heartfelt goodbyes as we set out for Stanley, about a three hour drive north on Route 75. Timmy and Susie are off to keep their busy lives going well. Thank you again for your hospitality and sharing your wonderful lives with us.
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