This is a one-night stopover. As we neared the Idaho state line, the sagebrush changed to ponderosa pines and then we crossed into Idaho. Washington's countryside was dry and flat and now Idaho is hilly and rugged, with long climbs and descents. Coeur d'Alene is named for the large lake and Indian tribe located here. The lake makes it a major recreation area and there are many families in the campground with boats and water gear.
Coeur d'Alene is a French and literally means "heart of the awl" but in English it would better translate to "eye of the needle", referring to the narrow channel through which the Spokane River exits the lake.