Our first look at Idaho

First Look at Idaho   Friends, Sharon and Jerry arrived a day after us, and since then, we have only stopped laughing and clowning around a couple of times to sleep. For four people like us in a small space, a few rules had to be established. For example, where to store luggage so it doesn’t […]

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First Look at Idaho

 

Friends, Sharon
and Jerry arrived a day after us, and since then, we have only
stopped laughing and clowning around a couple of times to sleep.

For four people
like us in a small space, a few rules had to be established. For
example, where to store luggage so it doesn’t rest on the brake pedal
of the motorhome, and run the battery down. 

And then there are the
rules to know how to tell if someone is occupying the bath room at
night (ie. which doors to leave open and which to leave closed – a
system that sounded good until we all forgot how it worked), and then
where to store leftovers in a too small for four refrigerator.

Then it was off
to explore Idaho. Our first little trip was to the wildlife refuge
just west of Bonner’s Ferry. Deer and birds were predominate, and
really abundant, but of course, we were searching for Bullwinkle. We
looked here and there in what appeared to be prime moose country, but
no moose was to be found.

 A return trip the next day at sunrise (
before coffee ) yeilded a spectacular sunrise and lots of deer, but
still no Bullwinkle. Needing coffee and breakfast, we gave up the
moose quest for another day.

We headed south
from Bonner’s Ferry to Sandpoint where we did a scouting trip, and
found a truly quaint little city, just packed with restaurants,
museums, and of course a quilt shop. Then it was off to the east
where we found a really amazing general store in a small town, where
we bought fresh baked bread, a huge stickey bun, big enough for four
for our next breakfast, and a pretty good selection of ice cream for
a mid afternoon snack. We drove around lakes, along rivers, and even
up a hill (mountain) to a much touted view point.

Unfortunately, the
wildfire smoke from Oregon and Canada caught up with us again, and we
saw mostly lots of haze. Of course, we laughed and cut up all the
way up and down the mountain on the tiny little roads, so it was a
fun trip anyway.

Later in the day
we found a grove of 500 year old cedars that were as big as small
redwoods.

Further along
there was a swinging bridge over a raging river. (We thought of
Indiana Jones movies).  Jerry and Jo hiked to a spectacular
waterfall. (see Jo’s post for a photo).

The sun went
down as the moon came up and our day was done. Things always go
better when shared with friends, especially retirement days.

Jerry’s fish tale

Tomorrow we start the Canadian part of the Selkirk Loop, a popular drive that covers parts of Idaho, British Columbia,  Washington, and Oregon.  We will try to keep you posted as we go, if we can just find the time between laughing sessions. 

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