Alas it is Sunday and Hailey is playing in the band for Sunday morning service, so that means we will be getting a later start than I would like.
I put on some eggs to boil for lunch sandwiches (lunches on the go are always challenging with a vegetarian in our ranks) and then we are off. A late start....the sun is now hidden behind winter clouds, but we are off for an adventure just the same.
Of course, I needed to get gas so we headed of to Idaho to fill up.
I think I am going to throw a party.
Price today..... $2.99. I can't remember the last time it was under $3.00 a gallon. Since I drive a full size truck now, I pay attention to these things.
One of the challenges for Day Trippin during the winter months are the repeat of familiar territory to get to new and interesting destinations. Though I love the journey, the explorer in me is always seeking the new and different.
Today's journey starts in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and follows along Highway 95, a path I have travel before. It is not a fast road with many bends and curves. At places it has turn off to travel along the lake. And of course we must check for wildlife along the lake.
We were able to see a shy blue heron. He would not cooperate for pictures however. I slowed down.... he flew off. Guess he hates lookie loos.
Except for a few flocks of ducks it was pretty quiet.... No pelicans today, guess they have all moved on.
Last time I was here, it was alive with fall colors. Fall has faded except for a few lone leaves and snow is present (yes the Evil White Stuff)
We made a stop along a railroad that collapsed in 2006. A crane was traveling on a working trail car across the expanse and when the trestle callapsed and crane fell into the Lake Benewah.
The section in the middle (shown above) where the color changes from dark to light is the section that collapsed and was later repaired.
|picture from the internet|
Fortunately the water was shallow and the workman were unhurt
If you have a boat or kayak you are able to travel far up the St Joe River.
The beginning of the river follows a channel near the end of two lakes Round Lake and Lake Chatcolet until it enters the wilds of the St Joe Forest.
We travel away from the lakes and byways and return to farm land deep in the Palouse farming valleys of Washington State. One of the problems of day trippin this time of year is the shortening day... the shortened time of light for pictures and just plain seeing.
Though we are traveling in hilly farm land dotted with trees and little farms we are treated with glimps of sunset.
Do you see the horse being chased by fire?