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North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene July 15th 2018

8/7 Ellen had asked me what I would want to see on this leg of the trip and besides enjoying their company and seeing a bit of what Spokane had to offer I said, “we are so close to Idaho I would love to see Couer d’Alene”. The four of us left for Coeur d'Alene at 9am heading east, driving though golden rolling wheat fields and farmland. After an hour we arrived at the lake house of Jim and Ellen’s friends Jeff and Julie. Long time residents of Couer d’Alene, Jeff, a retired Pediatric Eye surgeon, and his wife Julie were happy to share their little piece of heaven with us. The quiet relaxed bay where their summer home is situated reminded me of my childhood on Lake Winnipesaukee on a hot hazy day. Rocky steps ... read more
Homes perched high above the lake need steep stairs to access the beach!
Floating home on Lake Couer d'Alene
A little home away from home on Lake Couer d'Alene

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene September 6th 2017

blog 09-06-17 Two days together I am trying to catch up so you all know where we are and that we are safe from all the fires. The decision had been made several days ago not to go to Glacier because of the fires and the very bad air quality. How can you enjoy yourself in all that smoke and that is what this trip is about, enjoying ourselves. I am sorry Ginnie has to miss Glacier this trip but it gives her a reason to come back. We spent an extra day in Gardner and caught up on laundry and we even cleaned the camper. There was so much dirt and dust inside we didn't recognize the place when we finished. The next day we went to Deer Lodge, MT and stayed at a KOA ... read more
on the way to Livingston
Clarks Fork from the campground
ranch sign

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene July 23rd 2016

Bonjour à tous. Tout à fait par hasard, hier j'ai trouvé un hôtel, sans doute le mieux que je suis parti, et presque le moins cher. Tout le confort, le calme, la gentillesse des gérants, un petit déjeuner extraordinaire. Ce soir ce n'est pas vraiment le cas. J'y reviens plus tard. Dans l'après midi d'hier le thermomètre est monté à 37, ce matin il est descendu à 8°. Comme hier j'avais deux options de route pour me rendre à Spokane, soit la plaine, soit la montagne, et retrouver la vallée de la Columbia River. C'est dans la montagne que J'ai eu 8°, et la pluie. J'ai donc continué à remonter la vallée de l'Okanogan, au milieu principalement des pommeraies, un peu de vignes, avant de prendre la direction de Kettle Falls (cascades de Kettle), qui avait ... read more

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene July 19th 2013

Our vacation just gets better and The Lord did not disappoint us today! We decided to go kayaking today and in Northern Idaho we had about 1000 choices of lakes, rivers & streams to choose from! But I had read about Priest Lake north of Sandpoint and that it was a beautiful lake and their was a "canoer & kayakers paradise" in an area called the thoroughfare that leads to Upper Priest Lake which is declared a Federally Designated Scenic Area and is restricted from development. We found a great sandy state beach to launch from and headed into the thoroughfare. It was gorgeous and completely flat and we all imagined seeing all kinds of wildlife taking drinks along river water through the lush beautiful wilderness, yet the animal we all longed to see was a ... read more
Moose on Priest Lake Thoroughfare
Whatcha lookin at? Haven't you ever seen a moose take a dip?
This is my better side ;)

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene July 18th 2013

So, today was probably one of the best days on the Landis Family vacation. We were hoping to take a factory tour at Buck Knives in Post Falls (about 20 minutes west of Coeur d'Alene). The info we had said we needed to make reservations for one of the three tours they offer each day so Jeff called first thing and all of the tour groups were full and they didn't have any space available until next Monday! The boys were very bummed out, but they told us they had a store & small museum we could check out. So we headed over, hoping and praying that maybe someone on the tour would not show up. When we got there we went to the store and found a lot of cool stuff and knives that were ... read more
Memorial to Hoyt Buck
The boys with their new Buck Knives
Cabelas Post Falls, ID

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene July 17th 2013

Before we could go anywhere today i had to do three loads of laundry, yes I had to do laundry on vacation...after 11 days and a family of four the hamper was stuffed! So to make room for more dirty clothes laundry was a necessity :) Once chores were done we headed east on I90 to "The Silver Capital of the World", a mining town called Wallace, where we went to the Sierra Silver Mine tour. We were taken to and from the mine aboard an 18 passenger trolley. Then, an actual retired silver miner was our guide as we walked through the main drift of a real underground silver mine. It was so educational and informative as he shared his personal mining experiences, we learned about modern and historical methods used to mine silver, gold, ... read more
A Miner and his steed
Trolley ride to the mine
Family of miners with our hard hats ;)

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene July 16th 2013

We left our beloved Montana by 8:45am and made the trek southwest towards Idaho. The route we took was beautiful, some of it along the Clark River and along ranch and farm land surrounded by pine forrests. We eventually hit I90 where we made a "pit stop" for a fun bike ride Jeff discovered for us. The trail is called the Route of the Hiawatha. It was a 16 mile trail across trestle bridges and through pitch black tunnels (one of them was over 1.5 miles long!), all the while enjoying stunning scenery. We were required to have headlights on our bikes for the tunnels and it was super cold in there, did I mention it was really dark in the tunnels??!! The trestle bridges were amazing too! We are soooo glad we did the ride, ... read more
Stopped in Taft Tunnel
Exiting Taft Tunnel
Another tunnel

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene September 3rd 2012

LABOR DAY, Sept. 3, 2012 Another P-E-R-F-E-C-T day here in Coeur d'Alene!! Earlier as I was reading through the Travel Guide magazine for Northern Idaho I noticed that the Symphony Orchestra was giving a free concert in the City park at one o'clock this afternoon. So, of course, I wanted to check that out!! Both Dwain and I were busy this morning. Dwain washed the truck and vacuumed the trailer while I did the laundry. Then this afternoon we relaxed in the lovely city park under the shade of beautiful trees and enjoyed the concert. They played Pops, light classis and patriotic music ending with the 1812 Overture. Also featured a guest artist from Canada on the Xylophone (very tallented). So tomorrow we head north again into BC near Creston, so we may or may not ... read more
Concert in the Park
Tall Trees
Children's Playground

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene September 3rd 2012

Saturday afternoon we took the scenic drive around Lake Coeur d'Alene - about a 3 hour drive. Wonderful views of the lake, boats and beautiful properties. However, once again we noticed that many of these properties are for sale. Another indication of the economic climate here. Sunday we did the Sunset Dinner Cruse on Lake Coeur d'Alene to celebrate Dwain's 71st birthday. What a perfect evening that was - calm, mild evening, delicious buffet dinner, and a close-up view of how the "wealthy" live. In many ways it reminded us of Telico Lake in Tennessee where Ron and Patty live. The boat left the dock at 4:30pm in bright sunshine. Later we watched the sun set and just as we were pulling into the dock a beautiful full moon was rising over the mountain just behind ... read more
Our Dinner cruise boat
The dinner buffet
Leaving the harbour

North America » United States » Idaho » Coeur d'Alene September 2nd 2012

On Friday we left Gravite Lake, Clarkston, WA and had another interesting drive through wheat fields. The wheat has now been harvested and the hay was being cut and baled. Friday afternoon we arrived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where we planned to stay over the long holiday weekend. Once again we have a beautiful spot righ near the water. Coeur d'Alene is the home of North Idaho State University which sits on the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene almost in the heart of town. With so many big lakes and rivers in this area it is certainly the place for boating. All kinds of water toys can be found here from small inflatable rafts to huge motor launches.... read more
Looking from the park dock across to the University
Homes on the ridge overlooking the RV park
The I-90 bridge across Coeur d

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