Tomorrow We Ride – a guest post by Mary

Among the many amenities that Sleeps provides, are paddle boards. They can be sheer frustration or utter victory. Not much in between. Built almost the size of a twin bed, one would think that a paddle board would be snap to ride. I suppose that they forget to factor in the condition of the lake that day. A smooth surface is ideal, however do allow for some choppy water and the occasional wake from a boat. When I tried a wake board for the first time, I was wishing that there was a hotline that I could call to cancel all boating until I was done. It’s only fair.

The boards come equipped with a paddle. If used properly, it functions as a brace. However, I can’t tell you how many times I was nearly impaled by that apparatus! Just staying on top of the board for a minute or so was a major accomplishment! I experienced anything from a belly flop to mastering the most painful wedgie. Balance is key. Did I mention getting back on the board requires every muscle in your entire body? Not one to give up, I would say that I remounted that thing at least forty times in twenty minutes. No beginner’s luck here. Definitely not! I was really good at laying down and using my arms as paddles. I swear the paddle was laughing at me! Not to mention the stares from other lake people.

In the morning my body hurt so bad I was certain that a Mack truck had added a digit to its dashboard fatality tally. Even my toes hurt and I hadn’t even tried to Hang Ten! Please don’t let this discourage you. Some people are naturals…I don’t like them! Enough of that, I am, for sure, better at s’mores!

– Mary

Sleep’s is more than just S’mores

S’mores has become a dessert option at restaurants. So you order up. But as you melt the marshmallow over an open flame at your table and assemble your version of a personal s’more, the first bite brings back the memory of your first taste. The lake!

Definitely not the same feeling you get at the restaurant, but rather with friends sitting around a campfire sharing the day’s events. The smells of the lake and pine trees wafting in the air. Your hair donning a dry version of wet hair from swimming and diving all day. Subtle hints of sunscreen perfumes the sunset. You’re wearing the same sweatshirt as the night before, with stains from last night’s s’mores proudly displayed. Each person taking a bite and the descriptions of flavor emanating from their smiles. Left with a sugar high and the telltale chocolate ring around the smiles, the stories begin and go long into the midnight hour.

Soon the kids are sawing logs while the adults share dreams and memories. Can’t it be like this always? Not quite, but you can revisit the perfect s’more at Sleeps Cabins. Cozy cabins tucked beneath the trees and starry nights. Panoramic views of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille where eagles dive for fish, are the norm. You can feel the stress melt from your body, and remember what life is supposed to be.

As you climb into your cozy bed with fresh sheets, you drift off into a peaceful rest dreaming of another day at the lake.  The real place to eat s’mores.