in Northern Idaho (near Santa, ID)
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C R E A T U R E C O M F O R T SWe're writing this in hope of filling in details about the level of creature comforts available at our home and neighborhood of 32 years. Each year we get a little closer to what most folks are used to, the image of, "Civilized Camping" comes to mind. People who aren't camping types have no problems adapting, and from the feedback we've had over the years, have enjoyed the experience.
Our home is located in a 5-acre subdivision that is mostly trees, unsettled or sparsely inhabited. It is 2.5 miles to the main road and the small town of Santa. We are in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains of northern Idaho - "The Panhandle". It's 20 miles to the larger town of St. Maries - grocery stores, Laundromat, ATM, banks, etc.
We have a variety of housing options. Our "Bunkhouse" has 2 queen-sized beds and a twin bed. We have a tree house that has a queen-sized bed. We'll put up the yurt and there's always tenting. We can usually put someone up in the main house, upstairs, if needed. There are hot showers available daily. During the early through mid-summer, we have a healthy mosquito population - then horse flies and yellow jackets (it varies each year). Folks should bring their preferred bug repellent and clothes warm enough to be comfortable in the cool evenings of northern Idaho. We get temperatures of 40-50 degrees on rainy days - dropping lower in the evenings. Sunny days can be in the 80's and in the summer up in the 90's. A lot of the work is done in the un-heated covered workroom adjacent to the main house. We can move inside if it's too cool. The workshop day winds down soon after dinner until dark.
Our homestead is solar powered...totally March - October, with a generator to augment the power supply at other times of the year. We can run 110 volt (normal) appliances from our 12-volt system. There is a limited dial-up/land-line computer, but no cell phone reception. We have a phone for local use, but bring a calling card for long-distance.
We are set up with two outdoor privies - more like the preflush Japanese style. The outdoor kitchen is located in the very large garden. That is where lunch and dinner are prepared and served. We'll eat breakfast in the main house.
You'll need to communicate any dietary needs - meat/non-meat, allergies, etc. - to Melody before the workshop. She'd like folks to sign up for dinner dishwashing detail - a fun visit time!
We ask for a $200 deposit for your participation space. If, after you've read this and you're up for a great adventure, you can send us the deposit and we'll send you more handouts pertaining to the classes.
Contact us at:
Jim Croft - Melody EckrothWe hope to see you soon!
PO Box 211
Santa, Idaho 83866
Home Phone (Preferred): 208 245-3043
Cell Phone (We don't check it often): 208 874-3443
Jim & Melody