Category ‘08.09 – Coeur d’Alene’
I’ve already posted about some of our activities in and around Coeur d’Alene. But we also had a fun time along the way. Here’s two google map snapshots of our route, and some photos of the trip:
A = Boise B = Grangeville C = Coeur d’Alene D = Route of the Hiawatha E = Moscow
Ben, Beth and I rode a “rails-to-trails” bike ride in Northern Idaho called Route of the Hiawatha. It’s an old train route in the mountains, going through 10 tunnels and over 7 trestles (bridges). The coolest part was a 1.66 mile long tunnel! The tunnel was pitch black (bike lamps required), and super cold. It was damp and only 40 degrees F inside. We were warned ahead of time to go slow, because if you go fast you’ll get mud splashed in a straight line up your back. Sure enough, a few guys sped past us and they all had thick mud streaks right up their backs! Anyway, the scenery was gorgeous and we had a really fun time. The trail is 15 miles long downhill, then you take a bus back up to the top. Here’s a few photos from the ride.
Start of the adventure: The view:
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.
- Location: Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho