Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Crown Jewel......

7:30 am - Tuesday - August 4th - Coeur d'Alene, ID - 62° F, 67% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the east.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 87° F.  On this day in 2016 we were having coffee and pastries at Alpina Coffee Cafe in South Lake Tahoe......↴

We have stayed in Coeur d'Alene twice before on our nomadic travels....2012, and 2013.  Each time we spent time with college friends George and Brenda.  Shortly after our recent arrival I contacted Brenda letting her know we were in town again, and would like to see them while we were here.  Within a few minutes I heard back from her suggesting we drive with them up to Priest Lake Monday to spend the day motoring around the lake on their party boat, to which I responded in the affirmative.  

Priest Lake is around a 1.5-2 hour drive north....it is referred to as 'Idaho's Crown Jewel'.  It is about 19 miles in length, 3 miles wide at its widest, and over 360' deep in places making it wider, and deeper than Lake Coeur d'Alene.  George and Brenda picked us up in their 2015 Jeep SUV around 10:30 am to begin the drive north.....our destination.....Elkins Resort where their daughter and husband would pick us up in the party boat.......

....Elkins is at the midway point between north and south, and a perfect jumping off point for a 3-4 hour cruise......I'll let the pictures tell most of the story.......

 George driving, and Brenda in the background

 The party boat

 George keeping us on course

 Hill's Resort where we ate dinner...we had a table on the lawn

 Dinner at Hill's Resort - Left to right: Moi, TLE, Brayden, Jenka (daughter of George and Brenda), David, George and Brenda

My beef dip with kettle chips.....yum!

The beginning and end of our cruise

I think this sign sums it up

......we first cruised north to the cabin at which David and Jenka (son-in-law and daugther of George and Brenda) were spending a few days with their 16 year old son Brayden, and then south to Coolin (south end of the lake), and around Kalispell Island (accessible by boat only).....a very popular tent camping destination.  By the time we finished circumnavigating the island it was close to 5 pm, so we headed directly to Hill's Resort for dinner.  We managed to snag a table on their lawn area large enough for 7 people, and settled in for a delightful, early evening dinner with our hosts.  I chose their 'Beef Dip' with kettle fries chased with an local amber ale.  The conversation continued unabated for the entire day, and by the time we arrived home around 9:30 pm TLE and I were beat, and ready for bed.....nothing like fresh air, sun, endless socializing, and a day on the lake to put you into sleep coma, right?

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  1. When I was younger we would come over from Seattle for a week...My friend's mom would tow our boat over and rent a cabin at the "Outlet Resort"...It's now all chopped up and sold to many new folks and their homes..
    You should have seen the place in 1965...
    I even met a couple of long distance girlfriends who lived in Spokane. Those were the days!

  2. Wow! What a great day and highlight to meet up with old friends from college and spend the day on such a beautiful lake....jealous here 😁😁👍👍