Saturday 7 September 2013

small town USA success story

Last weekend I jumped on the back of my boyfriend's bike for a three day riding trip through Washington and Idaho.  Typically, the first thing I do when I find out I'm going on a road trip or vacation of any kind, is start researching where I'm going to shop!

You might think traveling on the back of a motorcycle with very limited storage, through two horse towns in northwest USA, does not qualify as a potential shopping trip.  But trust me— every trip, is a shopping trip.

I love looking for hidden gems in the least expected places.  Antique or hand made jewelry, a trucker cap or printed scarf.  I have items like these from airports, gas stations, and road-side shops around the world.  If I was going somewhere, I was shopping!

With Coeur d'Alene Idaho as our destination, and the first new town since my "cleanse" began, I prepared myself to focus on other things.  This little lakeside city, much like home, had a great waterfront where we spent hours walking, swimming and sitting in the sun visiting with our friends.  I'm surprised how easy and relaxing it felt to let go and enjoy the destination and the company, instead of stressing over where I could get my fix.

Success to me used to be coming home with a few great finds, but this recent trip has shown me that I just might be able to do this.

Getting ready to go - Under Armour is the best 'under gear'

In love with my leathers - Alpinestars Stella Vika gear

The group ready to board the Inchelium Ferry across Lake Roosevelt WA
(me at far right)

Beauty sweeper

Fruitland WA - the only purchase was gas!

City Park Coeur d'Alene ID

Unbuyer's Tip #3: Focus on the sites, not the shops