Colin surprised me with a hiking trip to Canada for my birthday and it was one of the prettiest getaways. The trip started with a helicopter ride out of Golden, British Columbia and directly to the Purcell Mountain Lodge. We arrived around 8am to a lovely breakfast spread followed by a little walk around the meadow and some beautiful views.

What followed over the next few days was a mix of relaxation (reading books, visiting on the deck while watching the hummingbirds, visiting with new Canadian friends), delicious food made by the lodge’s chef, Grace, and some really pretty hikes.

Although we were in the Purcell Mountains, I will fondly remember it as wildflower mountain, brimming with the most beautiful blooms, chilling fresh mountain stream water, and happy meadow trails.


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!