Monday, August 13, 2012


Kat and I just spent a fabulous week cruising around Montana and Idaho. We got to spend precious time with our daughter Maggie, granddaughter Anna and son-in-law Mace in Missoula. (The Saturday morning farmers market is beyond compare.) We spent a couple of days with Kat's sister, Ruth, and husband Craig in the hinterlands of Idaho. And we got to spend a few days reveling in the beauty of Priest Lake, great conversation, great companionship, long hikes and some mediocre card playing with our good friends Dan and Gretchen.

Stuck in between all of this, we spent two nights in Sand Point, Idaho at a place unlike any other we've ever visited. The name of the place was Talus Rock—and the place is part bed & breakfast, part farm, part commune, part spiritual retreat and totally cool in its construction and conception.
                                                        Talus Rock Website

Talus is the labor of love of Bruce and Heather Pedersen and their children Kipling, Rio and Selkirk. The profits from Talus go to lots of great organizations including the Orphan Children's Choir which brings together kids from around the world to create a touring choir.

This plaque tells a lot about the place and the people that reside there.
 If you're anywhere near Sand Point, you gotta stay there. The post and beam structure was crafted from beams from a couple of old structures from the area.

Even entering the front door to the place is a sort of spiritual experience—especially if you're a wood junky. Check it out.

Unique place, unique people, unique wood, unique experience.