From Washington I made a quick skip up to Idaho. The target? Coeur d’Alene. Everywhere I went, I kept hearing about this town, and so had to go up and check it out.
What they have is a gorgeous lake
They also have a ton of cutesy overpriced shops which, being on my limited budget, I avoided like the plague. I meandered around for a bit, walked the dog through some of their pretty parks, got some coffee, and picked up a few essentials at the outdoor outfitter.
At some point during all of this I lost my cell phone, and ended up retracing all my steps through town to no avail. I tried calling my phone, no answer. At that point I was in a bit of a foul mood. I went to a local park to have lunch, and saw the maples starting to change color:
This helped my mood, but I was still agitated enough that I decided to drive away and just stare at the open road for a while. I probably didn’t get the full Coeur d’Alene experience.
The sun went down right as I approached a historical site, so I pulled over and watched it descend near the Mission:
Darkness set in, and it was time to find a place to rest. I pulled into the nearest town, Kellogg, and found a parking lot. Parked the truck and went to sleep. Tomorrow, it was time for Montana!