"Well we've been home for a week now. Time to write about our Idaho vacation. One word,WOW! We camped in the area 30+ years ago when stationed at MHAFB. Times have changed but the area around Featherville is still beautiful even though there are a lot more people and houses in the area than there were 30 years ago.This was our first family vacation since 2009 when our family size was smaller. 26 of us traveled from the Chicago area to Featherville for a week's stay at the Freer's fabulous house. We had a 2nd house for the overload but "the big house" (Kathleen's contribution) was family central for meals, campfire, kite flying, fun, tenting, s'mores, BBQ’ing, crafts, basketball, picture taking(at least 1000), wildlife viewing, tubing, fishing, family time, naps, relaxing, laughing, hammock time, playing in the river, storytelling, looking for Sasquatch,an evening with old friends,and memories that will last for a few generations to come. We even had an actual sighting of Sasquatch (Uncle Mike in custom).What else did family members do? Trips to Sun Valley, Trinity Lakes to fish and sight see, Baumgardener to play in the hot tub, the old mining town of Rocky Bar, Twin Pines pool, Anderson Ranch Reservoir to fish, swim and fly kites, and climb the big hill across the river.We made "the big house" our home for a week. What a home! The beds are comfortable. The great room is a great place to relax, read, nap, just talk, and plan the next adventure. The dining room easily accommodated 10 grandchildren for breakfast, snacks, or dinner and a few adults for evening tea, coffee, a glass of wine, and conversation. Late into the evening adults and kids enjoyed the campfire by the river while kids ran the yard, played soccer and made up games, and shot baskets. Sarah Ann and Ann-Marie were still flying kites after 10 o’clock. The 10 under 10 group chased teen aged Cousin Ryan around the yard while the adults enjoyed adult beverages around the campfire. We were able to prepare, serve, and enjoy a dinner for 31 when old friends came to visit. Are the Freers good hosts? The best. We were looking for a blender to help prepare an evening meal but couldn't find one in the cabinets or pantry. Sheri's brother Mike came and personally searched the pantry to no avail. Sheri insisted it was there. When Aunt Joan walked in 30 minutes later she took us right to it in the pantry. Sheri's dad brought an extra grill to help us prepare the dinner for 31. If you need something, call."
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 2, 2015