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.