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Monday August 1- Coeur d’ Alene, Harrison

Bob found a Freightliner dealer just west of Spokane, so he made an appointment, tomorrow, for us to have our driver’s compartment air conditioner repaired. We also needed the pig-tail for the 30 amp electric, so just after 9 AM we hiked over to the camp store. Turns out they are only open on Wed. afternoons, from 2-4; part of the day Sat and Sun. So they lost this sale!

Since we had to go south, 29 miles, to the only close RV supply place, we decided to visit Coeur d’Alene Idaho today. We will visit Spokane while the motor home is at the repair facility tomorrow.

Once we bought the pig-tail, we decided that we would drive by the Freightliner facility to check out how to get in, as we have to be there early in the morning. Once we completed that task, we drove east on I-90. There was a rest area with a visitor’s center at mile post 7 in Idaho, so we stopped to use the facilities and to pick up brochures. Hump! The visitor’s center was closed. We are finding this in many of the states, as they have cut their tourism budgets. Oh,  but they had the truck weigh scale open and they had a ‘boat check’ station, with about 10 employees standing around doing nothing!

So we continued on to Coeur d’Alene and the Chamber of Commerce visitor’s center in town. The place was mobbed with tourists, like us, picking up brochures and asking for information. They had a CD driving tour of Coeur d’Alene (CdA) for $2 so we bought one. It was a waste of time and money, as it was very poorly done. CdA is a very pretty little tourist and state college town.  The downtown area has a large resort casino and quite a few expensive stores.  By this time, we were ready for lunch. So we quickly found a parking place and wandered past the shops and restaurants on the main street. We decided on the San Francisco Style Sour Dough Eatery.

This is a sandwich shop, with excellent sandwiches. Bob had a regular size Ruben and I had a ½ sandwich BLT; we split a small bag of excellent Hawaiian Sweet Maui Onion potato chips. Yum!

We proceeded to follow the tour CD.  The college is right on the lake. The lake  and town are named for the Coeur d’ Alene Indians. They used this area as a meeting place for games and races. Ft. Sherman was located on this site. This replica is 1/4th the size of the original gate to the fort. It is located directly in the center of the college. 

After about 15 minutes, we gave up on the CD and decided to follow a state brochure which had a CdA tour which took us around the beautiful lake. This is the heart in front of the Chamber of Commerce. 

About ½ through, it became very boring, but it was too late to turn back. We stopped in the small town of Harrison, at a place called “The Creamery” for some very good homemade ice cream. We were not the only ones, as this place, in the middle of nowhere, had a good size crowd.

The ‘scenic tour’ was supposed to be 1.5 hours. It took us a little longer to reach the end, due to the twists and turns in the road and stopping for the ice cream. What we did not know, or did not realize, was it ‘ended’ in the middle of nowhere! So we still have almost an hour to get back to the interstate! Well, we saw some of Idaho! This was the only interesting scenery on the way back. This is Black Lake. 

We took I-90 west again, and then turned north on Rt. 41, taking us through Idaho to the town of Newport, in Washington, then went south again to the Thousand Trails. We were exhausted when we arrived back at the motor home.

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