Saturday, May 09, 2009
Spokane, WA as We Cross Idaho in 90 Minutes!
Down from the higher mountains alongside snowdrifts still remaining from what has been a long, hard winter in the Northern states. Everywhere we went the people told of much more snow, and much colder temperatures than normal. The trip includes a brief stay in Idaho as we travel only 82 miles across the neck of Idaho from Montana to the Eastern border of Washington.
A view of the mountains; each and every turn of the highway brings a different view. The most important item missing from these pictures is both the full scope of our surroundings, and the depth in terms of up-slope and down-slope in the highway.
Nearing the Idaho, Washington border you drive along Lake Coeur D'Alene. It is several miles long and cold.
We landed at an RV site, then found, upon visiting the Greater Spokane Elks Lodge #228 that we could have stayed in their RV lot. The picture is of the paint-gun splattered entrance sign to the Lodge which sits atop a high hill, overlooking mountains and the city below. The view from their Lounge is unbelievable.
We'll be at the Lodge Mother's Day; May 10th for a Sunday Champagne Brunch, and I'll take more pictures of their incredible Lodge and site. By the way, they were the most friendly of all the Lodges we have visited so far. We talked with several folks there including their Exalted Ruler, Secretary of 8 years, and more friendly folks.
Today....Grand Coulee Dam and surroundings.