By Maggie -- Aug 21, 2014
Sunrise at Lake Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
We stopped here for a brief time to sleep and shower at the State Park which is at the southern point of the lake. It was difficult to find, and we'd had a long day of driving so it didn't make it a fun experience. On our 10-mile drive off of the highway to the park, we saw 5 deer on the road, two of which sprinted out in front of our car. Crazy! Our hearts were pounding when we got to camp.
Northern Idaho is beautiful and so is this lake. We wish we had more time here. We had no idea what a cool place this would be. The Idaho panhandle is really captivating, with golden rolling hills of grain spotted with pine trees, and the town of Couer d'Alene has a laid-back almost hippy vibe to it. It's very reminiscent of places like Portland, Maine or Northern Michigan. We stopped at a local grocery store, Pilgrims, and made fast friends with one of the employees. Turns out he went to UC Santa Cruz (like me) and graduated a year beforehand, and also played club lacrosse. Small world.
In a few short hours we pick up Mallory! We're excited. We got up at sunrise, left the camp and drove to Spokane. Right now we're sitting in a cafe waiting for our laundry to dry at the laundromat next door. The next two days we'll be in North Cascades National Park, canoeing on some lakes and hopefully catching some trout for dinner. Hopefully Mal loves our weird, crazy camp life :)