Destination Day 1
Coeur d’ Alene Idaho.
The first leg of our journey went smoothly; we left the house between 10:30-10:45am (only 30-45 minutes than we had envisioned ourselves leaving by) after feverishly grabbing all the last minute things we felt we couldn’t leave behind for a trip of this length, grabbed some grub on the way at local fast food joints and were off and rolling.
Let me step back a moment and tell you where we are ultimately heading too on this excursion. Bannf Alberta Canada no less. It was some months ago, maybe even as early as last year that a buddy of mine had suggested a trip that his and my family should take. We decided that would be a great trip and would love to join. Fast forward to now and we are making it happen.
The first several days will just be me and my wife making our way up to Banff National Park. We will be meeting my buddy and his family (and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts) in Jasper National Park where they will be camping. Two different trips, one common final destination.
Now that we have the back story explained we can move forward once again. On our way up to Coeur D’ Alene, we stopped only for gas, restroom visits and stretching stops. One such stop was in the town of Lind Washington. From our vantage we had a great view of the trains that were very much in use around these parts.The rest of the time was open scenery of a part of the country I really hadn’t been in before.
The landscape was mostly flat with some rolling hills. The sky was the show-stopper with a dark grey pall that hung over the horizon from all the fires that have been plaguing the area.
Once we arrived, we checked into our hotel, dropped off our bags and went in search of a place to eat. My wife, Jessica, had been eagery researching the local dining establishments on our way here and once we settled on a place, we made our way there. The place was called Crafted. They had 50 beers on tap and the food looked to be tasty. Apparently everyone one else in town thought so too since our wait to be seated was fourty minutes. Sigh! After sitting in a car all day we decided to move along to another of the fine eating establishments where we could get seated right away. A place called the Collective Kitchen is where we ultimately hung our hats. They did have some tasty beers and tastier food! Jess had pork tacos with a side of sweet potato fries and a lemon basil cider. I had a reuben with a side of tots and a dessert pickle. To wash it down I had a blonde ale local to Idaho called Rants and Raves Duckface Blonde.
After dinner we headed to a newly (seemingly) constructed area down by Lake Coeur D’ Alene (or Coeur D’ Alene Lake). The waterfront was a built up little bay/inlet thing surrounded by hotels and boat docks. There was even a floating restaurant that could be seen not too far in the distance.
Here are a few more pics of the days/nights festivities: