Haven Hot Springs!

There’s a hot spring in the family!


An exciting new adventure is unfolding in the rugged hills along the South Fork Payette River. Lisa and Ray are the proud new owners of Haven Hot Springs in Lowman, Idaho.  The Chambers family is packing up and moving…to run a hot spring! And not just a hot spring, the property includes a cafe, one-pump gas station with garage, hotel rooms with private soaking tubs, RV spots, and a large, mineral rich, warm water pool.


not pictured: Seiji!





It’s sure to be quite the endeavor but this Idaho gem is pretty special and full of potential. Situated on a corner at milepost 76 on highway 21, Stanley and the Sawtooth’s are only  an hour up the way. It’s worth the time to check the place out.

Molly, Alice and I stayed a night to see if we could lend a hand. Molly measured the space and dispensed valuable tips. I popped up ‘ol Hawk Eye and set up camp. We fed and entertained cousins, rearranged the kitchen and snooped around the place. IMG_2776


babes in a booth


hummingbird viewing window

Lisa and Ray are plunging in and day by day they will add more character to this Idaho experience. It’s morel season in a burn zone and the summer promises to buzz in the path of the great American eclipse. Let their adventure begin!





High Five!


Hard to believe that just last year, Alice was learning to ride a bike. Harder still to believe she’s been the center of our world for only five years. Looking back it seems we’ve been pushing the bike life on her from the start. And so far, she doesn’t mind a bit.

Jared came up with a bike rodeo theme for Alice’s fifth birthday party. Her friends and classmates showed up with their bikes and trikes ready for some fun. They decorated  their wheels with bells, lights, and streamers before the biker gang paraded down the street for some biking games. Jared had an obstacle course ready and waiting, complete with custom teeter totter and rumble strips! There was drag racing and even a game called ‘Stop on Alice’s Face’. It may have looked a bit hectic but those kids ride like champs.

Alice, you have grown up so much this last year. You are clever and kind, funny and curious. Our lives are better because of you. Keep on being exactly who you are. May you always be surrounded by people who love you. Happy Birthday my love.

High 5!

P.S. I know you keep saying you want one of three things for your birthday: a mouse, a fish, or a bird. Sorry lovey. You’ve got Pearl!