Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
8/28/2018 to 8/30/2018
Beautiful City, Beautiful Lake
Tuesday 8/28/2018 We left Ellensburg, Washington and traveled east on Interstate 90 for 206 miles to Blackwell Island RV park in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. This is a large but very nice campground and it was almost full. It really is on an island that sits in the Spokane River. The Spokane River empties into the beautiful Coeur D'Alene Lake. As you can imagine this is a big boating and watersports community with lots of marinas, hotels, and restaurants. The campground even has a small beach and dock area where you can sit and watch the boats. After we set up we ran out to get fuel, do some shopping and get something to eat. It's a little warmer here than it's been the last few days.
Wednesday 8/29/2018 We began today by taking a short drive to the Coeur d’Alene Visitor’s Center. We parked at an area named Independence Point and walked across the street to the visitor’s center. After a short chat with the center’s representative, we walked back across the street to the boardwalk. It’s a long, beautiful boardwalk with scenic views of the boat docks and Lake Coeur d’Alene. There were many, very expensive boats under blue covers which made for great photos. There’s also another pier nearby which is used for seaplanes, parasailing, and small cruise boat tours of the lake. We were treated to a seaplane leaving the dock and taking off. After spending some time enjoying the beautiful well maintained waterfront we decided to go for another short drive to a hike named the Mineral Ridge Nature Trail. It’s a 3.3-mile loop up a steep hill but it’s made easier by the many switchbacks and benches situated along the way. At the top of the hill is a beautiful view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and Beauty Bay. We walked along the nice, level ridge-line before it begins the steep, downhill portion which is full of switchbacks. It was really a very nice, scenic hike and was just the right length. Back at the trailer, we grilled steak and had a great dinner. After dinner, we walked around the RV park, checked out the recreation center and took a walk on a short trail here in the park.
Thursday 8/30/2018 Yesterday the woman in the visitor's center also suggested we take a bike ride on The North Idaho Centennial Trail. The North Idaho Centennial Trail is a multi-use trail that runs 24 miles between scenic Higgens Point State Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Idaho–Washington border. The North Idaho Centennial Trail hugs the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene and parts of the Spokane River, offering spectacular scenery along the way. We didn't travel the entire 24 miles but started at a parking lot just outside the city. We rode along the shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene to Higgens Point where we took a break and ate our packed lunch. Then back to the truck which was was a total of 10 miles. Once back to the truck we decided to take a round trip into town which gave us a total ride of 15 miles. We stopped at different places along the lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Coeur d'Alene really is a very scenic and peaceful place.
Once we got back to the campground we took advantage of the chairs they had along the river.
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