It was hard to find beauty in downtown Sandpoint last night when Bill and I decided to go to MickDuffs for dinner after he had finished his tree gig at the Pine Street Woods.
We always park at the future MickDuffs aka old title company aka public library aka post office.
That's on North Second while the present MickDuff's is in the middle of one of downtown's prime shopping blocks.
These days, with part of First Avenue and part of Cedar Street dug up for a renovation project, a black temporary wall fence means walking through a narrow passageway for about two blocks.
Because of the extensive obstruction, one side of the sidewalk does create a certain intimacy with downtown store windows----a nice diversion to a hint of claustrophobia caused by the black wall.
Seems we've heard so much about walls blocking off stuff that experiencing one firsthand kinda brings on a mild sense of paranoia. Wonder if that Sandpoint version is electrified.
Well, anyway, Bill and I found our destination, and when we walked into MickDuff's, the greeter told us it would be a 25-minute wait.
Twas a beautiful evening so we didn't mind one bit especially once we escaped the presence of the wall.
Sand Creek and its surrounding features were downright stunning last night so it was fun to walk around and look at the sights at dusk, accented with street lights.
The byway across the creek featured some lights of a different kind.
A cop car's blue and red flashing lights signaled that someone had maybe broken byway rules.
Still, it was quiet, peaceful and lovely to linger down in that area behind the Panida for a few minutes.
Intimacy of store windows brought my attention to the sign below at Sharon's Hallmark.
Always a good reminder in this world of ours.
Bill and I enjoyed a nice meal and visit and then made our way through an even darker passageway back to the car.
Someone (they) always say it's darkest before the dawn. So, I'm guessing we'll have to deal with the darkness of the season and that wall for a while before welcoming the dawn of a new year and a new look in our downtown.
For now, the best bet (until drawdown makes it ugly also) is to go enjoy beautiful Sand Creek.
Here at the Lovestead, the day was filled with catch-up after a busy, busy week.
Stuff got cleaned, tiny ripe tomatoes went from bush to mouth, grass got mowed and some much needed organizing happened.
A fine and pleasant Saturday, indeed, and it's looking like a great Sunday coming up.
GO, Seahawks! Happy Sunday.