DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

TTN Little Diamond is a combo KOA and Thousand Trails

they have a nice wide entrance, easy access for larger rigs

theres an unpaved trail entirely around the lake it was fun and...

just a pretty photo

our setup, space 342

our setup

Washington squirrels liked the peanuts and sunflower seeds

the yellow pine chipmunck enjoyed the sunflower seeds

yellow warblers

a sapsucker of some kind, didn't look it up...

crossbills, grosbeaks

big variety of birds.

Little bird crashed into our picture window then landed on our sill...

Bambi was interested in it and watched til he flew away, "Can...

Rebecca engages in a favorite pass time, pulling weeds, beautifying someones flower...

And she's very good at it...

Spokanes Riverside Park flowers

a view up the river, framed in flowers

to prove we were there.

nice way to see the park

these are called the upper falls

Daves "Flower" amongst the flowers

This giant Radio Flyer is in the "Roadside Americana" book . .

Dave received upon his retirement

After Dave came down the slide and we were leaving we noticed...

see that guy, having fun too...

theres a merry go round in the park, built in 1907

its beautiful

we ate lunch over there, Anthony's

"Mudgy & Millie" are story book characters from a story by the...

the authoress lives in Coeur d'Alene, the art council has developed a...

telling a sotry as you go around town.

one of many nice murals around town.

The Miner's Hat, in the 40's, 50's & 60's was a drive...

it's a real estate office, owned by the same family for many...

after taking the pic we went in to talk, they enjoyed our...

Spirit Lake, ID is a quiant little town half way between Newport,...

main street about 2 blocks long

Warren between us after our visit with him.

it's ok to let friends come between you, only for a picture...

Spirit Lake main street


Though the drive is mostly on freeway (I-90) it’s a beautiful drive from Missoula to Newport, WA, once we got to Post Falls, ID we turned north on hwy 41. We found this park to be nice and tucked far away in heavy treed forest from freeway noises. This park is 5 miles south of Newport WA near, but not “at” Diamond Lake. We fed lots of birds out our back window, red-breasted nuthatches, black capped chickadees, red breasted grosbeaks, gray jay and the occasional yellow warbler. We’ve never been in this area before and were quickly impressed with its cool temperatures, beautiful forests with many rivers and lakes.

Our touring around involved going to downtown Spokane and its Riverside Park along the Spokane River. It was a beautiful day, making the river and the falls that much more spectacular. We took pictures of another one of the “Roadside Americana” book items, the giant “Red Flyer” wagon. We ate lunch at Anthony’s, one of few restaurants on the riverside. Outside on the patio/veranda is where you’ll want to be for lunch or dinner.

Another couple tour days we spent seeing Priest Lake area and Coeur d’Alene. Along the way we went further and found Kellogg, ID to take a picture of one of the items in the Roadside Americana book. We passed on our drive along I-90, Rebecca was driving and Dave looked out his window on the east end of Kellogg when he spotted “The Miners Hat”. After taking the pictures, we went inside to talk to the people. Here’s what we found out the lady in the original photo is the mother of the current owners of the building. The whole group of family still work at the building as a realty office, and were glad to hear our story. We thank them for our warm welcome!!!

Also on this stop we added 5 birds to our checklist of first seen birds. Dave worked on our bicycles changing the inner tubes, tires, and seats and tuned up the bikes derailleur’s. All in all we have had fun and gotten some needed relaxing time on this stop.

On our last day, we contacted an old work friend of Dave's who lives near. Warren Tainter met us for coffee in the little town of Spirit Lake, half way from us to his home. It was a nice couple hours to catch up on all the things that have happened to us since retiring. Warren retired about a year before Dave.

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