2010 Race 2 Finish travel blog

Idaho state line

Lake Coeur d'Alene and a picnic with our friends

 

the tour boat at the dock

boarding for the 2:00 o'clock cruise

you can also get a seaplane ride here

the only moose you'll see in Coeur d'Alene - and maybe the...

there is more than one tour going here

this one replicating a pirate ship

looking toward the mouth of the Spokane River

this is a good lake for sailing

and they do a wooden boat show every year

they say it's a good lake for fishing and an Idaho record...

the gulls like it

 

 

there are a lot of expensive homes along the shore

there's one now

a 'Sizzler' at the dock - a 60 foot sailboat made for...

 

 

a look at the south end of the lake

 

that island has the foundation of a house someone was going to...

until they found out the island belonged to someone else

it also has this boiler from an old steamship

 

some residents have a good climb to get to the water

but this one is ridiculous

 

a seaplane looks down on us

and some faster craft go zooming by

 

 

 

 

one of the expensive resorts on the lake

this house sits on a rock and has a hole in the...

a channel marker is fixed to the rock below the house

is that a real person on the deck or a dummy? does...

they have a lot of sailboat races on the lake

but that's probably not one of the racers

nor that one

nor this pretty sloop

 

Highway 90 passes over that bridge on the east side of the...

the bridge is almost as tall as San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

 

one of the more interesting homes

gramps puts the pedel to the metal

condos in that building range in size from 6,000 to 8,000 square...

this is the place that has the golf course with the floating...

in fact two foursomes are out there putting on it now

someone must lie awake nights wondering 'how can I make this silly...

we thought this guy and his kid were waving at us

but they were just waving because the kid made the shot -...

doesn't that make you want to go drown a few golf balls?

a windsurfer dumped near us

so we got to watch him do a difficult waterstart

took him a few tries but he finally made it

hikers on the shore

 

they always wave

 

here comes that seaplane again

 

we're almost back at the dock now

 

back at the dock

driving home

a dusty welcome back to Washington


A windy boat ride on Coeur d’Alene Lake

Saturday

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.

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