My “Aha” moment happened this past week. I was sitting in a Boardroom on the Seventh Floor of our Resort’s Lake Tower. We were discussing this December’s Holiday Light Show when a “light bulb” of my own literally lit up. It started off slowly as I gazed through a small opening in the floor-to-ceiling curtains that revealed the crystal blue waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene below.
At first, I watched a paddle-boarder slowly maneuvering the waves as they worked their way along the shoreline. Next, in the distant but gaining ground quickly, was a kite-boarder skimming the water and kissing the sky. Then came a parasailer 80-feet in the air. And in the distant, I got my first glimpse of Mr. Hagadone’s sailing ship with Skipper Dave Kilmer at the helm. This black and dark blue behemoth looked majestic with its tall masts and stealth design carving thru the current. There were people lounging on the beach and splashing in the water. And, as if that wasn’t enough, a sea plane came screaming around the hotel only to make a perfect landing on the blue water below.
And then it hit me. This incredible show was happening right in front me. Through an opening between curtains. It was real. It was fun. And it was a moment in time that might be the norm in our tony village but still shouldn’t go unnoticed. Or appreciated. It’s the reason Coeur d’Alene is so special. It’s the reason people travel here from all corners of the globe. And it’s why the few of us that get to call The Coeur d’Alene home never take it for granted.
Summer days may have drifted, but the memories being made just outside our doors (and window in this case) should always be cherished.