I’ve been awfully quiet on my blogs and social media accounts over the last few weeks — but I’m not just being lazy. Most of you probably don’t give a hoot one way or another, but for those who are interested, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

At the end of June, my wife took the kids up to North Idaho for their annual “summer vacation with the grandparents” routine. While she was up there, she saw that the house across the street from my parents was for sale. She’s been wanting to move back to that area for some time, so naturally, she pestered me about the house for a solid week. At first, I blew it off and found excuses for not moving back home. Then I found myself rationalizing such a move.

We started talking with the Realtors and banks a few weeks back and life has been hectic since then. Sign this, sign that, answer the phone 15 times a day, jump through flaming hoops while juggling chainsaws, etc, etc. Things have been moving very fast and I’ve been busy for about three weeks straight. But…

We’re buying a house!

The price was right and the location is perfect — I would love to raise my kids where I grew up. We’ll be close to our immediate families again, and I’m hoping we can settle down into a more relaxed lifestyle. For about the last 9 or 10 years, we’ve been living in apartments in college towns and cities in New Jersey and Southern California. Up in Idaho, we’ll be sitting on 5 acres and the neighbors are barely visible.

We’re moving out this Friday and we should be in the new place by Monday or Tuesday. It’s crunch time with the packing and all the other last minute arrangements, so I’ve been hard pressed to get near my computer. Once we get up there and settled in, I’ll be working from home while looking for a new job, so I should have some time to get back into the blogging scene.

I do love San Diego and all that it has to offer, but I love North Idaho more. I’m glad I got to take part in the Southern California scene and I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t experience more of it, but it’s time to move on. I’ll be trading beach towns & street scenes for wilderness & landscape — but I’m fine with new and interesting photographic challenges. Here are a few Idaho photos (mostly from my last visit in the winter 1.5 years ago).

Casting Shadows Reaching Rays Walking on Water Arctic River Best View on Earth Calm Waters

So I’ll post what I can over the next week or two, but life has to come first. So long California, it’s been fun! And I hope to see all my SoCal friends again soon — you guys are great!

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Good luck with your move Brian and cheers to a new adventure. See you on the flip side.

July 26, 2010 8:05 pm

Wow! Congrats and good luck Brian!

July 26, 2010 10:15 pm

Tons of luck with the move. moving close to parents is the smartest choice a couple can make.

July 26, 2010 11:24 pm

Hi Brian,
good luck with your move, hope to hear from you soon!

Greetings from Germany

July 26, 2010 11:57 pm

Wow! That’s a decision in no time! Good luck in your new dream location. Sure you’ll enjoy it so much, you sound so enthusiastic about it!

July 27, 2010 12:49 am

Hope everything goes smoothly for all of the family Brian. We moved last year and are still unpacking! Good luck, Chris

July 27, 2010 2:06 am

Congrats on the new home and the fresh start, Brian! It’s a big adventure and the kids are going to love it. Now, of course, you’ll be sharing lots of photos with us, right? And you’ll have the sofa bed ready for visitors, too…

July 27, 2010 3:48 am

Best of luck with the move, Brian. Can’t wait to see what photos you come up with in the new area

July 27, 2010 5:21 am

Congrats on the new house! It sounds like a really great place to be :)

July 27, 2010 8:01 am

Congrats on the move and doing the right thing! The photos look pretty impressive. My great-grandparents were married in Coeur d’Alene and I’ve always wanted to visit.

July 27, 2010 1:35 pm

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.

Congrats again, Brian! :)

July 27, 2010 11:11 pm

We are moving as well to come closer to my younger brother.

August 1, 2010 11:35 pm

Congrats. I have made a similar trade – city for forest, sea for lakes. Good luck :)

August 3, 2010 1:13 am

Welcome (back) to North Idaho Brian! Remember the local saying – “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes”. :D

August 9, 2010 10:38 am

Haha! Couldn’t be more true… one of the first nights here, I left the sunroof on my car cracked open. Yeah, it rained overnight.

August 9, 2010 4:31 pm

I came across your blog linked on David Zizer’s blog, as an Idaho native (Sandpoint area) his comment that you were moving back to Idaho caught my interest. I just wanted to write and say, welcome home!

August 9, 2010 6:10 pm

Thanks! It’s good to be home again. San Diego was nice, but it never felt like home.

August 10, 2010 8:34 am

Sounds like you’re making a good decision for yourself and your family.

Good luck and congrats!

August 10, 2010 10:40 pm

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