R&R in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
The beauty of Yellowstone national park is that you get to see wildlife in the wild.
The downside of that, is not alot of cell towers, so even when you have enough reception to make a phone call to say "we're alive and well" it is not enough to upload a picture for sure.
So, I am trying to catch up a bit from Cody, Wyoming this morning and tell you about our three fantastic days prior to Yellowstone, visiting friends Dan and Wendy Jones at their place in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
Dan grew up in Spokane, Washington, which is right across the state line from Coeur D'Alene, about a 30 minute drive to downtown. So he grew up at the lake, they had a family cabin that they would go to. He started with P&G in Spokane, and eventually ended up in Portland with Arnie. While he was in Portland he was a single guy, like Arnie, so they were biking, skiing and any other physical activity buddy and get really close. Dan and Wendy got married in 2004, and when Dan decided to retire in 2009 from P&G they knew they would move to Coeur D'Alene on the lake. They had Dan's old cabin but looked for something else and bought it. THey essentially gutted it and built their dream house on the lake. Last year they also built in Arizona and winter there, so another fun place we will have to go.
They were so kind to open it up to us for three days around the 4th holiday. We were looking forward to just relaxing with friends and seeing a beautiful part of the country we have not been to before. We were also looking forward to experiencing that type of retirement lifestyle, as that is the type of location we believe we want to be in (in mountains, on water).
We arrived around 5pm on Tuesday July 2nd, after a long drive through Washington. Western Washington is not very pretty, very dry, almost dessert looking conditions. I think everyone thinks of Seattle and rainy, but is is far from it once you cross the Cascade mountain range. The cool thing is the farmers or state for about 15 miles had a sign in front of every farm telling you what crop it was, how fun for us to learn that - of course corn and potatoes, but tons of alphapha, different types of hay and of course others I have already forgot.
After backing the RV down into their driveway it was parked for 3 days and really only acted as our "closet" for the next 3 days. Here is a picture of the front of the house, and all of us on the deck with the lake behind us.
Of course the highlight for the kids was tubing on the lake which we did a bunch of. The love doing this and Dan loves towing them around. The cutest part was the girls were a bit gun shy to go alone, as they always are on bigger tubes, so Ben would go with them, and as you will see, it was not a very comfortable position for him, but he was the awesome big brother. I think his "core" was certainly stronger from all that weight (well not a lot really) on top of him.