A gull hanging out at Lake Coeur d'Alene.
It pains me to tell you this: I have to finish up my Idaho vacation posts while on another vacation at the beach. It's an embarrassment of riches.
Not a thing I can do about it, though, so let's just soldier on, shall we?
Our last big adventure in Idaho was a 30 mile bike ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. There is not too much to tell you about this expedition except that the scenery was breathtaking and the ride was easy. The trail is beautifully paved and satisfyingly remote. We rode from Harrison, Idaho to Plummer, Idaho. Most of the trail was flat, except for the 5 mile hill right before you get into Plummer. But the rise in elevation is gradual enough that you don't start noticing the slope until maybe the last 2 miles.
The only thing worth mentioning is maybe the weather which was damp and cold.
Watch me pedalling determinedly along, while announcing that I am "freezing my ass off."
Josh responds predictably.
This funny little spotted sandpiper was flustered by our attention. Her nest was likely right there near the water, and she attempted to distract us by skittering back and forth on that log and chirping in alarm. I took 12 pictures but only managed to get 1 that was focused. Here's a piece of advice: Don't buy a new camera right before you go on vacation and then try to learn how to use it while you are on vacation. You're welcome.
We probably could have biked those 30 miles in half the time if I didn't stop and play with my camera every 100 yards or so.
It was a serene and misty lakescape.
The section of the trail that we were on goes through the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation, and ends in Plummer, Idaho. The Indians have erected this monument to their veterans of war.
There wasn't a whole lot of other stuff to look at. Silly, east-coast me had expected a sweet little restaurant at the end of the trail, and maybe some cute antique shops. Instead, we found a gritty highway with a meager collection of businesses: a diner, a cigarette market, some gas stations, a casino, and a reservation health clinic. It seemed a little bleak to me, honestly, but hey, I'm sure lots of people love living there.
We ate lunch at the diner and then pedaled our way back to Harrison, Idaho where our car was waiting for us.
The next day we left Idaho and flew east to Maryland.
I had a week to loll around at home, re0rganize, and spend time with my parents. The week after that we had houseguests from Niagara Falls (Aunt Craaaazy!). And then we left for the annual beach vacation with Josh's family.
So now we are all up-to-date, yes? I swear, I will try harder to update this fucker in real time. I am exasperated with my lack of posting.
Love you guys. Thanks for stopping by. Tell me what you have been up to this summer. Can you believe the timer has almost run out on us? Why is summer so fleet of foot?