The past couple of days we have done a lot of driving and seeing some of the most outstanding scenery that we have ever seen. The weather has been great with temperatures at night down as low as 48 and as high during the day as the mid 80's. Just right for getting out and touring around.
On Monday the Leivas went with us up to the Albeni Falls Dam for a tour. Taylor, the young tour guide, was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed his job and it showed. He took us all around describing the works of the dam and how the people around the area were enriched by the workings of the dam. We spent about 1 1/2 hours touring and learning much about how dams work producing electrical power.
After leaving the Dam we went to the Village Diner for lunch. It was only okay.
We then drove up to Priest Lake along Hwy 57 from Hwy 2. (We had tried to find it on Saturday but did not find anything that people had been saying was so great. What the problem was we did not go far enough.) We did find the beautiful lake and are glad that we did persist in finding it. There was an information center, but was closed. We looked around outside and then walked down to the beach. OH, WOW!!! The view was gorgeous and the water was so clear. We then drove on down the gravel road looking for the public boat ramp. We found it and boy were there a lot of boats and people there. After looking around for a while, we headed back down to Priest River. It was then back to the campground and rest for the remainder of the afternoon.
On Tuesday morning, Russ and I got up and went down to Coeur d'Alene. What a wonderful little town and the beauty all around it to die for. We first went to see the floating boardwalk that passes in front of the Coeur d'Alene Hotel. We walked the full length just awed by the sights, water and beauty. We then walked up into town and then over to The Shoppes just to see what was there.
We then headed to Hwy 95 and went south toward Plummer. Just before Plummer, we saw the Coeur d'Alene Casino and of course we had to make a stop. We went in and got more "Players Club Cards" and they gave us each $10 to play on. Well, as usual, I lost my $10 plus $20 but Russ saved me by winning a jackpot for $32+. It was time to continue on our ride. We went down to Hwy 5 and headed east to St. Maries. It was then to head north on Hwy 3 up to Hwy 97. It was a total of 38 miles but took close to 2 hours to complete because of the winding roads and slow speeds through the little towns. All in all it was a great adventure and very pretty.