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Picking blueberries at Fred and Patty’s Farm…

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014. FRESH, LOCALLY GROWN BERRIES. We took a drive in the country today and had what turned out to be one of the most interesting excursions so far on our Great American Adventure. At the side of the road on the north shore of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, we saw a makeshift sign: … Continue reading »

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Mennonites in Idaho…

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014. WHO ARE THE MENNONITES? Having seen quite a few Mennonite women in the area…everywhere from the check-out line at Walmart to walking in the woods, I realized I knew next to nothing about them or their religion. Here’s what I’ve learned. They are Christians, believing in the Trinity of Father, Son and … Continue reading »

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Sandpoint after dark…we love this town!

AUGUST 29, 2014. SANDPOINT AFTER DARK: While we were walking around the village the other day, we came across the little Panida Theater…steeped in history and the cornerstone of cultural activities for the entire Sandpoint community. Whether hosting a film, local performers, recording stars like Bonnie Raitt or the San Francisco Opera, the theater is … Continue reading »

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Sandpoint’s Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center…

AUGUST 28, 2014. NEAR SANDPOINT, IDAHO. THIS IS NO ORDINARY MUSEUM. And it has nothing to do with flying animals or aviaries. Rather, the museum memorializes the life, times and accomplishments of Dr. Forrest Bird, currently 93 years of age, who personally welcomed us to the large hanger where many of the collections are displayed. … Continue reading »

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Sandpoint, Idaho and Lake Pend Oreille…

AUGUST 22, 2014. Sandpoint, Idaho, an easy drive from Spokane, is a town on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. It’s pronounced “Ponderay,” and that’s what the locals call it: Lake Ponderay. Rand McNally and USA Today have each given Sandpoint the distinction of being named the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town.” … Continue reading »

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Donna’s Diner in Spokane Valley…

AUGUST 11, 2014. IT WOULDN’T BE RIGHT not to mention this little place. I’ve avoided making this blog more about breakfast, lunch and dinner than anything else. Too many people, when writing about their travels, make that mistake…”Today we made tuna sandwiches for lunch. We used dill rye toast and Best Foods mayonnaise with shredded … Continue reading »

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Spokane, Washington…

AUGUST 9, 2014. We said goodbye to our buddy Therese yesterday and she made the long drive home to Portland. We had a great time while she visited us in Coeur d’Alene. We cooked some good food, had lots of interesting conversations, did lots of “catching up,” dined at a few good restaurants and enjoyed … Continue reading »

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The Old European Restaurant, Post Falls, Idaho…

AUGUST 5, 2014. A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. Post Falls is a town just a few miles from Coeur d’Alene. We happened on a restaurant there today that is very special. Without a doubt, this is the most noteworthy eatery we’ve found so far on our Adventure. Second place isn’t even close! All the soups and … Continue reading »

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho…

AUGUST 4, 2014: Coeur d’Alene is 30 miles east of Spokane, and is the largest city in the northern Idaho panhandle. It’s located on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene  and is often referred to as the “Lake City” or simply by its initials: “CDL” Barbara Walters called the city “a little slice of Heaven” … Continue reading »

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We had a real scare last night…

AUGUST 3, 2014. WE’RE LUCKY TO BE ALIVE! We’re lucky to be alive with our motorhome intact. No kidding! I’ve written about some tight spots and stressful situations we’ve encountered earlier on this Journey, but nothing like this! Right now, we’re safely parked in the lot at Northern Quest Casino, about 20 miles from our … Continue reading »

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Palouse Scenic Byway and Top Notch Cafe…

JULY 29, 2014. A PATCHWORK OF ROLLING FARMLAND. The drive from Lewiston, Idaho to Newport, Washington via Spokane turned out to be a memorable one. State Route 195. True rural America. It took us almost 100 miles along the Palouse Scenic Byway, which is a spectacular drive through a patchwork quilt of rolling hills, celebrated … Continue reading »

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Lewiston, Idaho…

JULY 24, 2014.  HELLS GATE STATE PARK: About 125 miles north of Riggins we arrive at Hells Gate State Park, in Lewiston, Idaho. The Park is a gateway to both Idaho’s Lewis and Clark country and to another section of Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. We have a shady campsite along … Continue reading »

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Rapid River Fish Hatchery in Riggins, Idaho…

JULY 23, 2014. OUR VISIT TO THE HATCHERY: Several times in the last few days we’ve driven past a road sign for the Rapid River Fish Hatchery and today we decided to take the short drive there and learn a bit about breeding Chinook Salmon. It’s a very interesting operation. Here’s how the process works. … Continue reading »

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Kate’s Cattleman’s Family Diner…

JULY 20, 2014. RIGGINS, IDAHO. MEET KATE, OWNER OF KATE’S CATTLEMAN’S FAMILY DINER: This gal is charming and one of the most interesting people I’ve met so far on our Journey. Here’s how we met. We decided to take a drive this morning and stop for breakfast in Riggins, population 410. Not a Walmart in … Continue reading »

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Riggins, Idaho…

JULY 18, 2014 RIGGINS, IDAHO. We’ve just arrived and we’ll be here for about a week. The town is nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers in west central Idaho. The population is a tad over 400. This is truly small town Americana. I love it. I … Continue reading »

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Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area…

JULY 15, 2014 WE’RE HEADED TO SOME REMOTE AREAS. Our Great American Adventure is about to get kicked up a notch! Some pretty exciting country lies just ahead. We’re going to stay here in Boise until Friday and then head to Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area in northern Idaho. We’ve talked to some locals and … Continue reading »

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Boise, Idaho…

JULY 11, 2014. HI VALLEY RV PARK on Horseshoe Bend Road is home to us for at least another week. We “rode into town” a few days ago to have some work done on our diesel engine at the Rocky Mountain Cummins facility located here. Our engine was running a little sluggish and it turns … Continue reading »

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