Another day, another state. We have now hit 14 total.
We dialed back the driving mileage a bit today. Another wandering and windy trip on I-90 West got us through Montana and into Idaho. The pines, modest mountain ranges, rivers and views are just non-stop around here. And the smell. I shall try hard to bottle some of the pine air.
We got into Coeur d'Alene mid-afternoon. If you are not familiar, just Google some pictures. I took a few shots below, but given what we did, it was hard to capture the grandeur of the setting - valley, water, pines - magnificent. We checked in early, did some necessity stuff (laundry, etc.) and headed out to dinner. Another complete score with the restaurant, a local family bar sort of place named Capones. Great pizza, grinders and sides. Plus, our waitress was a fine young lady sporting a 'Motion W' Wisconsin shirt (Hey, Michelle from north of Eau Claire - nice to meet you!). She boasted the coolness of the city, lack of humidity and no mosquitoes.
After dinner we drove to Tubbs Hill Park and walked about 2 miles around the hill. Great park, super views and good quiet family time outside of the car.
Most of the next week will have us doing a little back and forth around Idaho and Montana. Our lack of straight-line driving is due to lodging choices - there are two specific places we really wanted to visit, but they are in high demand. We got in, but the dates we got forced a little extra driving. It will be worth it - stay tuned!