Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 23 -- Cabin City Campground, MT to Coeur d'Alene, ID (July 4, 2010)

Day 23 St. Regis, MT to Coeur d'Alene, ID July 4, Sunday
Coldest morning yet. Got a very early start -- we really want to be at the Lake. We found coffee in Wallace, ID at the Red's Garage. Great people. Great coffee. Neat little town. It's a pretty quick to get across the panhandle of Idaho. We were at Coeur d'Alene by 8:30. Frank came and met us and guided us in to their property. The lake is beautiful. It was a cold and cloudy 4th but we had a great time anyway!

We woke up to a very cold morning, It was foggy near the border of Montana and Idaho. We got on the road quickly and crossed into Idaho early. We stopped in Wallace, ID at Red's Garage (a cafe) and I got myself my necessary mocha and got everyone else hot chocolate.

Refueled, we zipped across the panhandle of Idaho. Frank Cobb had sent us GPS coordinates and we arrived and called them to say we were there. He drove down and guided us back to their property alone the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. They have a beautiful spot on Mica Bay. We fell in love with this gorgeous lake!

Frank and Jill are dear family friends. Jill became friends with Greg's mother when all their kids were little and they all lived in Southern California despite moving away, divorce, remarriage, many years, deaths in the family, and all sorts of other life events, the families have remained close. This was the first time we'd managed a visit. The Cobbs live in Spokane, WA and spend their summer weekends on their houseboat at their spot alone Coeur d'Alene.

We were welcomed as dear family members. We parked up at the road and walked down to the spectacular lake and their fantastic houseboat. Greg reconnected with Stephanie and Stacy and their families. We met Greg and his family. We had a great time! It was cold and windy but most enjoyable. Stacy is a skiier -- we joked that the kids would remember her as Auntie Boat-Lady. It was too miserable to take the boat out but the kids did get in the water with Mitch, Katie, and Kyle. We ate like crazy, had margaritas, and generally a great time!

We love Lake Life!!!



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