August 14th
2008
written by Alonna

Last weekend Ben’s sister Beth came to visit.  We decided to take a road trip to Northern Idaho, an area that Ben and I hadn’t yet explored.  There’s a popular destination called Coeur d’Alene which is on a lake in a mountainous area.  Also we heard about a cool rails-to-trails bike trail that we were really excited to try out.

We drove 7-hours Friday night and Saturday morning to get to Coeur d’Alene.  The drive was long, but really pretty – windy mountain roads, rivers and canyons, golden-colored wheat fields, and small towns.  After arriving, we had the afternoon in Coeur d’Alene, so we took out the kite to take some photos… you can see a few of those in Ben’s last post.  Here’s another good one, and also a photo of our reward after a long day of driving and kite-flying.

Coeur D'Alene Coeur D'Alene

Later that evening we hiked around Tubbs Hill, a hill near downtown Coeur d’Alene which juts out into the lake

Coeur D'Alene Coeur D'Alene

Coeur D'Alene Coeur D'Alene

Sunday we had a full day in Coeur d’Alene and we wanted to see more of the lake.  So we rented Kayaks in the morning and paddled around.  We didn’t get very far – it was windy and the water was pretty choppy, plus it turns out that kayaking is tiring!  But we found a cute little beach to park at and eat lunch.  Here’s some photos from that adventure.

Kayaking Kayaking Kayaking

Kayaking Kayaking Kayaking

Later that evening we drove a scenic road around part of the lake, looking for something fun to do and photo opportunities.  At one pull-off, we found a beach full of perfect skipping rocks and we couldn’t resist…

Kayaking Kayaking Kayaking

At another pull-off we noticed a nice breeze… so we sent our kite up towing the camera.  If you haven’t flown a kite since you were a kid, I suggest trying it sometime.  It’s surprisingly fun!  The sun was low in the sky, so we got some pretty sky photos too.

Kite aerial photography Kite aerial photography

Kite aerial photography Kite aerial photography

Kite aerial photography Kite aerial photography

We were also lucky to catch a beautiful sunset over the lake that night.

Coeur D'Alene Coeur D'Alene

Coeur D'Alene Coeur D'Alene

I’ll post about the rest of the trip soon – including photos from our bike ride!

-Alonna

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