On July 16 I drove across Oregon to Boise, Idaho. It was a long drive made quicker by listening to Graceling by Kristin Cashore. The drive was beautiful. Desert scrub and a brief rainstorm.
Boise was the point on the tour at which I decided I was seriously being spoiled. The tour had been wonderful up until then, but being served steak and roasted apricots with ice cream when I arrived really made me feel blessed. Melody Ross, of Brave Girls Club, made me feel so at home and Brave River Ranch was a fantastic place to spend a couple days. The stars were bright, the hot tub relaxing, the people sweet and caring, the cows adorable, and the places to hole up and work were endless. My conversations with Melody were heart-warming and encouraging. She is a powerhouse of experience and insight!
Our event was over at Rembrandts Coffeehouse, a beautiful facility with an even more beautiful mission. I also loved their new store, Full Circle Exchange, across the street. Got a great necklace there made from melted bullets. Incredible.
Brave River Ranch was a fantastic and inspiring place to spend a couple days. Melody and her sister Kathy host the Brave Girls Club camps here. Highly reccomended!
We had an impromptu encaustic class while I was there too. I had my supplies with me from teaching at EncaustiCamp and so we painted with wax in the Art Barn and Celina Wyss came over too! So fun!