Monday, July 20, 2015

Coeur d'Alene

Continuing our 2005 travel story.

Until we started traveling and finally got to Idaho, I had never heard of Coeur d’Alene – It is a long way from Texas and Kathi and I led a pretty busy life before we retired. Working more than full time jobs, raising two boys, entertaining and being entertained by family and friends who were doing the same did not give us a lot of time for thinking about other places. Our tendency has always been doing things we enjoyed over and over. The vacations Kathi and I took almost always had us flying into Las Vegas for 3-5 days and flying home to get back to work.

Now being RV travelers we were getting to see and do some different things. Wow there is a lot to see and enjoy in this country. We talked a few times about Canada, Mexico and Alaska, but decided early on in our RV travels we would stay with the contiguous United States and see what we could, knowing we would still miss a lot.

Coeur d’Alene is thirty miles east of Spokane, WA and sits on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene in the Idaho panhandle. It is also known as Lake City or just CDA. Tourism appears to be their biggest industry. The Coeur d’Alene Resort takes up a good portion of the downtown area.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2005 we departed the Yakima Nation RV Park in Toppenish, WA and drove toward Coeur d’Alene. The planned trip was about 240 miles and the day was great for travelling – cool with sunshine. The trees were green, the grass was green and farms were sprinkled along the way with crops we could not identify. Mountains were visible for a backdrop in most directions. We started on I-82 moving east and switched to US 395 near Kennewick. Moving northeast on 395, we merged with I-90 at Ritzville, then passed through Spokane on the way to the Blackwell Island RV Park in Coeur d’Alene. Yes, we were on an island surrounded by the Spokane River.

The park was eye-pleasing, but too expensive for us at $31 per night, but we wanted to see some of the area and agreed on a three night stay. After getting our Alfa RV hooked up to utilities we stayed in to recuperate from our drive. Sitting seems like a funny way to recuperate from driving, but it seems to work for us.

On Wednesday, we drove around the lake looking at all the people enjoying water related activities. Driving was slow with continuous vehicle and pedestrian traffic moving to and from the lake. Next we drove into the mountains to see the beautiful homes, seeing many large farms along the way

The next day it rained in the morning and cleared up in the afternoon. We went to the Coeur d’Alene Casino and had their buffet for lunch. The buffet was okay at best. After a couple of hours I was still even and Kathi had lost her gambling allotment, so we called it a day. We went home to prepare for another travel day on Friday. Montana here we come.

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