I've been sewing hexies in the evenings, using batiks and solids, and I wanted two coasters to go with the new colors in my studio. The fronts of the coasters look like this
and here's the backs. I've not really used much gray fabric in the past, but it's growing on me and I'm starting to like it more and more.
Switching subjects to one of my favorites, the great state of Idaho, I recently drove my parents to a forest fire lookout, the Thorn Creek Butte lookout, which is 25 miles (40 km) from Boise. I meant to drive up forest service road 203, but I didn't have my GPS on and I was chatting with my parents, so I missed the road. Darn. Rather than drive miles back, we chose to drive up forest service road 304 which took us past the Bald Mountain campground where we stopped for a picnic lunch. Then we pushed on towards the lookout which was a very scenic drive, a bit challenging in spots which made me rather thankful for a four wheel drive vehicle. My old Landcruiser that I drive did just fine :-) I was glad that we didn't meet any other vehicles as the road is quite narrow. We drove around the last bend in the road past a lovely field of lupines providing a wash of a soft lavender color
to arrive at the lookout, elevation 7550 feet (2.3 km). It was boarded up since there was no one using it but the stairs were available to climb up.
The views were outstanding once we climbed up the stairs with mountains as far as one could see from every side of the lookout.
Max had a great time running around, exploring the area.
On the way back home to Boise we stopped in Idaho City at Trudy's Kitchen where we had some coffee with some wonderful huckleberry cheesecake. Mmmmm. Outstanding. Someone told me the calories don't count if you're with friends or family ;-)