I started going to summer camps on Lake Coeur d'Alene the summer after first grade, returning each year for a week or two in the woods along the beautiful water body. We'd hike through the evergreens, trying not to kick up the dry dirt of the trails as we looked forward to making crafts, playing games, and of course, waterfront time.

Even into late July, the shock of the cold water would often leave you gasping for air for a second after you jumped off the dock. But it was quickly the most welcome feeling after a long day in the heat.

It was during one of those coveted hours in the water that I learned of a magical afternoon snack I'd never had before: frozen grapes. What was this? They're just grapes you put in the freezer for a while? Yep. It was incredible how satisfying it was to chomp on the quickly-thawing frozen fruit, not quite popsicles, but way more special than normal grapes. In fact, I'll go ahead and say there were days we wanted those grapes more than ice cream itself. 10/10: This camper would recommend. If it's new to you, it's easy: Just wash your grapes, pat them dry, and freeze for about two hours. Then when you're ready to eat them, let them sit in the sun for a little bit so they're not too hard and enjoy!

5th Annual U-pick Lavender Festival @ Evening Light Lavender Farm

Sat., July 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., July 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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About The Author

Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...