A windy boat ride on Coeur d’Alene Lake
Today we took a ride with John, Susan and Judy over to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is half an hour west of Spokane and there is a close connection between the two cities. Lake Coeur d’Alene is the source of the Spokane River for one thing. The purpose of our trip was to take a boat ride on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The day worked out perfectly. The hour wait to board the boat gave us time to enjoy a nice picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, and the warm wind roughed up the water just enough to make it scenic without making anyone seasick.
The blue lake sits in a valley surrounded by forested hills and the homes of the rich. Idahoans claim that Lake Coeur d’Alene is ‘one of the world’s most beautiful sights’. While that may be a stretch there’s no denying it’s one of Idaho’s most beautiful sights. The leisurely boat ride circled the lake while the disembodied voice of a tour guide pointed out many features on the shore. The guide also talked about Lewis and Clark, who passed this way on their return from the Pacific.
The lake is popular with boaters of all kinds and there are many marinas. There is also a golf course adjacent to one of the resort hotels. This course is famous for it’s ‘floating 14th green’. The green is located on a floating barge that can be moved in or out from shore to change the distance of the hole on a daily basis. Golfers are allowed two shots to get on the green, and once on it they take a small boat to the green to make their putts. Whoopie!
By the time we returned to dock the air over the south end of the lake was definitely hazy. The haze was from an incoming ‘dust storm’ so our timing could not have been better. We drove home through the haze which turned out to be not as bad as John had expected. Winds here pick up dust from the fields, and it can be something of a health hazard if it gets too thick. By barbecue time on the Noble patio the sky was clear and the sunset was normal. The perfect ending to a very nice day.