Something magical happen when I slide in behind the wheel and take off for parts unknown. On this day I headed out with a general destination in mind. I love most the the feeling of freedom when I am totally open to discover what ever the place has to offer.
With a fall nip in the air we headed East along I-90 into Idaho. We headed further west into the mountains hoping to see the fall colors as they were beginning to change.
( http://www.idahobyways.gov/byways/white-pine.aspx )
As we turn off of I-90 south onto the White Pine Scenic Byway we are surrounded by majestic mountains on all sides and travel in deep valleys carved by rivers and lakes.
Around each bend of the road is one scenic vista after another. It is an all day trip with many stops to soak up the scenery. We had our lunch at this scenic river stop.
There is a 72 mile Rails-To-Trails bike trail along much of the route we are traveling. (For More information on this scenic bike trail - http://www.southlakecda.com/trail.htm ) The Trail of the Coeur 'Alenes, is a non-motorized asphalt bike trail that crosses the picturesque Panhandle of North Idaho. With multiple trailheads it is an ideal place for families to get out in nature and bike portions of the trail at a pace that suits the individuals.
How can you not love the gorgeous scenery along the Coeur d'Alene River?
At the far end of Couer' dAlene Lake, connected by 2 rivers and several lakes is the town of St Maries, Idaho.
A wonderful city park has many Historical Markers that tell the story of the early logging efforts and local history. (There happens to be a local pizza parlour across the street if you are in need of food.)
The townsite was selected by Joseph Fisher, just southwest of the confluence of the two rivers, to provide a good place for a sawmill, first built in 1889. The rivers and lake systems provided rapid transportation systems for floating logs to the mills and utilizing steamboats to transport finish products to markets. From the city, the St. Joe River flows west, through several lakes and into the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
A statue of John Mullan sits prominently in the center of the Park. With the labor of 200 hired men and soldiers, and more than two years of toil, Mullan blazed a 611-mile trail through dense forests, over mountains, and across marshlands and raging rivers. When completed in 1862, the Mullan Military Road became the first wagon road to traverse the Rocky Mountains into the Inland Northwest, opening the Northwest to further settlement. The original Mullan Road passed eight miles north from the this marker.
|Willamette Donkey Steam Engine|
The Donkey Steam Engine (powered by wood or coal) was used by loggers to move logs to the river banks and then down the rivers and lakes and then moved to markets.
It is said, "Logging made this town."
It is still true today.
|As usual, No tree or stump to go unconquered.|