2012 Travels travel blog

Carpe parked at Betsy's place

Pend Oreille causeway south of Sandpoint

Sandpoint, ID

Vista along US 2

Sheer rock walls along US 2

Crossing Priest River east of Priest River

Priest Lake

Bear Encounter of the close kind

Sandi and friend

Betsy tries out Carpe's helm
Somehow, we don't think she's very relaxed...

Priest Lake

An Arachnida at work

Wild berrys at Priest Lake

Canoe on Priest Lake "narrows"

Canoe on Priest Lake "narrows"


Thu, 30 Aug: Today we relocated from the TA RV Park south of Sandpoint to Priest Lake in northern Idaho. Our kind friend, Betsy, has a summer place and invited us to stay with her. It was a short and enjoyable drive with no difficulties.

Our route took us north on US 95 to Sandpoint where we moved to US 2 west to Priest River where we transitioned to ID 57 for the drive north. The roads were in excellent condition and traffic quite light.

We arrived in Priest Lake shortly before noon and disconnected the car to investigate our route and parking options/ Betsy's driveway is too small for the coach so we're parked on the little used road in front. It is nicely shaded and the aroma of pine is all over.

Once we got Carpe parked and leveled Betsy treated us to lunch. Following lunch we went sightseeing and visited the Priest Lake Historical Center and then walked along the lake. It was a beautiful day and the lake is really pretty. Betsy has been coming here for years and knows all the local lore and history.

We're planning to stay here through Labor Day and then head west to the Seattle area where we'll store the coach and take our cruise. We sail a week tomorrow so we're going to have to eat our way through our freezer and fridge by then.

We joined Betsy for dinner, grilled steak and berrys for dessert. We're going to get very spoiled here, and we're loving it.

Fri, 31 Aug: A very cold overnite. Since we weren't plugged in we dug out the extra blankets and didn't turn on the heat till we were ready to get up. It was 44°F, so the heat was most welcome. Betsy joined us for breakfast and then we subjected her to viewing the first (very rough) draft of our Alaska DVD. She didn't run screaming from the coach so we take that as some form of approval.

After breakfast we took a Betsy-guided tour of upper Priest Lake. This is a gorgeous area and the weather has been nothing short of spectacular. By the time we got back in early afternoon it was shorts weather and we opened the windows. It'll be another cold one tonite but our blankets keep us cozy.

Tonite Betsy is treating us to burgers on the grill and fresh corn on the cob. Does it get any better than this? Stay tuned...


Trip Summary
Miles this leg: 59.0
Total miles since Casa Grande: 8,162.5





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