Friday, February 19, 2010

Boating the Inland Northwest


WOW! All I can say is WOW... on several accounts.
First, I'm amazed that Miles (with my assistance :) has actually created this online/ e-publication. All of it! Even some of the maps are created by Miles. Yes, he made the logo too (of course - however, the lettering was my idea :D). Most of the photos are taken by Miles (I took a few, and a few were taken by others). The research is all done by Miles. The content is created by Miles - all of it - even the information about the lakes etc. Way. To. Go. Miles! And, finally, the editing and sometimes re-writing are done by me (no, actually, Mindy does some of it now and then, and she is SO GOOD AT IT! Thanks Mindy!  :)

The editing is done here and there in spurts; so when I do get around to it, the task is overwhelming daunting! But big as my job is - his is a whole lot bigger! Miles has been working on creating it day after day, hour after hour, week after week, month after month, year after year for the past few years. Every time business slows down, he fills his days working on it. I am so proud of him for sticking with it and accomplishing such an enormous achievement!

Like I already stated, this has been a HUGE project. But the great news is that it is now, finally, ready to be advertised to the public. There are many who already know about it and love it already, but now I am finally confident about really publicizing it! I am absolutely excited that we (mostly Miles :) are pulling this off!

I went to the Spokane Boat Show and passed out fliers and talked to the vendors there about the new publication. It was so much fun! I did this a couple of years ago, but was so nervous about it then, knowing that the publication really wasn’t ready. How great it was to just relax and enjoy it this time around, knowing that it is finally ready to be seen (A LOT of work has been done in the past couple of weeks and months)! My confidence in the publication and in our ability to make an income out of this has really grown. It feels so good!

I have to tell you. It was so neat to also find out what a rock star Miles is in the boating world! LOL :D While I was there advertising the magazine I would sometimes get to visiting and the conversation would evolve into people finding out that I am married to Miles. When ever that would happen I would be taken by surprise with the sudden warmth extended to me.

On one such occasion, I was standing and talking to three men. Two of them were quite near me, the other was back behind them both by a few feet, mingling in and out of our conversation in a lackadaisical sort of way. I said something that gave way to making connections in their minds, connections that caused them to perk up and get excited. The gentleman who was back behind the others suddenly made a bee-line towards me and, interrupting my sentence, asked,
"Wait. You're married to Miles Moore?"
I assured him that I was, and suddenly saw him leap between the two other men to get to me. I then found my left hand clasped in between his two hands and vigorously shook as he proclaimed;
The two men who had now been pushed aside then made the connection and turning to look at each other followed by looking at me, also asked for verification;
"You're Miles' wife?"
"Yes." I again proclaimed. "Miles is my husband."
"We LOVE Miles, TOO!" one told me.
"Everyone loves Miles!" the other insisted.
And you know what? They were so sincere! Boy does he have them snowed! Ha ha! ;)

The three of them then all loosened up and started laughing, telling me to tell Miles this, and tell him that. And, of course, going on about what a great guy he is. It was such a fun and pleasant surprise; I just had to tell you about it.

I'd like to tell you more, but it is time to get ready to go to the boat show again. I'll just tell you one more thing for now.

I had another great experience speaking with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. They were all over bragging about what a great publication Boating the Inland Northwest is. They told their neighbor's about it (boat show booth neighbors) with great enthusiasm, and encouraged me to bring fliers by for them to help distribute to those coming by. I left a box of business cards with them since I didn't have extra fliers with me.

I am so excited! :D

Enjoy! :)

Jan - 2011 - PS. The publication is an ongoing work in progress; there is always more being added. The Lakes Guide has been moved from our main website (which used to be

If you're wondering about the time frame... I wrote this while Miles and I were busy with the Spokane Boat Show earlier this month; and since I was on my way out the door, followed by being too engrossed in catching up on things other than blogging - I just didn't post it. Better late than never.


  1. Wait... you're married to MILES?! ;)

    Congratulations to all of you on such a huge achievement! I hope things work out well for you with this publication. It's obvious you've both put a lot of yourselves into it.

  2. LOL - Gerb, I love your personality! :D Thank you so much! There is still work to do; it will be an ongoing project. Yet I really can't over emphasize how good it feels to have finally gotten this far! Thank you for your congratulations. :)

  3. Awww--isn't it great to find out other people like your husband? ;) And that he's sort of a superstar? It just sort of affirms everything you always thought about him.

    The publication looks awesome. My husband and a friend are at the tail-end of re-building a sea-going vessel, and it has been a load of work. They are hyper-crazy about anything fishing, but we're down here on the east coast.

  4. Lori - Thanks! :) I was surprised to find out what a "super star" he is. Here at home I get to see it all! :O It's always nice to be reminded that there is so much good to be reminded of! :) Miles is a very fair, kind and honest businessman and person. I am blessed.

    Wow about the vessel!! I have wondered what it would be like to build one; I'm sure it is a labor of love. I really want to get a little into fishing myself.

    Too bad we live so far apart. BTY - I love the accent and style of you east cost people. Maybe that's because my mother was raised in NY, and people tell me I have a slight eastern accent. I can't hear it - but I love the attention! ha! ha! :D


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