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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho…

Posted by on August 4, 2014

Fly fishing on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I’m determined to learn how to do this…I just need to find the right outfitter to teach me.

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” and included it in her list of most fascinating places to visit. The area is surrounded by forest and dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the ice age. Fishing, boating, hiking and snow skiing are popular in the area. Tourism is an important industry…we had a difficult time finding a place to stay with our motorhome during the peak summer season.


The amenities at the Coeur d’Alene RV Resort are pretty slick! This is not your typical RV park office. There’s an indoor pool, a store, a lounge and a computer room.

COEUR D’ALENE RV RESORT: We’re parked in a nice resort, but why they advertise as being “big rig friendly” absolutely escapes me. These parks do it all the time…I guess they just want our business, no matter what. With all the trees overhanging the access roads and the tight turns, though, it was really difficult for me to get in position to back into our spot. We made it on the first try and in fact our neighbors, who were sitting outside watching, gave us a round of applause. Even so, it’s nerve-wracking for me! Anyhow, the park is nicer than many where we stay, so we’re going to enjoy it.


Posing with the “maitre d’hotel ” after dinner.

AUGUST 6, 2014. A VISIT FROM THERESE. Our friend Therese has come to spend a few days with us. We haven’t seen her since we were in Laughlin, and that was “a long way back down the road.” There are lots of things to see and do here in Coeur d’Alene, so we’ll have a great time. We’re flattered she’s come to see us…she left at the crack of dawn this morning from her home in Portland and drove 370 miles to be with us. That, folks, is a long drive. And that, folks, is a good friend! We had a big barbecue chicken and steak lunch and followed it with homemade blueberry muffins and cookies Therese brought for us. Tomorrow we’re going to take her to breakfast at the Old European Restaurant and then explore downtown Cor d’Alene. Florence has reserved space for us on a sunset boat tour of the lake and I’m hoping there will be lots of Kodak moments on the trip.  After the boat trip, we’ll find a good restaurant for dinner.


Downtown Coeur d’Alene…lots of boutiques and art galleries.


Coeur d’Alene lakeshore golf course. The eighth hole is on a “floating green” accessible only by boat!


Florence and Therese clowning around on the deck of the tour boat.


We toured Lake Coeur d’Alene on this boat today. It was a perfect day for an outing…clear, sunny and about 80 degrees.

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