|Selkirk Mountains in Idaho|
I’ve recently been schooled in how to pronounce this place in north Idaho – Lake Coeur d’Alene. I might still not know how to pronounce it but from the pictures and of what I hear – it’s BEAUTIFUL! Check out the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway for some pretty country roads. The travel guides say to bring your binoculars and watch for bald eagles and the osprey that nest in trees along the lake.
|Lake Coeur d' Alene Scenic Byway|
There’s also a 73 mile hiking/biking trail called the Trail of Coeur d’Alene that is said to have breathtaking viewpoints. It crosses the panhandle from near the Washington border to near the Montana border.
|Trail of Coeur d'Alene|
A few friends of mine are from the Lewiston area. At the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers, it has the lowest elevation in Idaho at only 738 feet above sea level. Lewiston is a great jumping off point because it has all the basics you’d need as in grocery stores, nearby Walmart, hotel/motel, etc. But, it’s also near a lot of places.
Lewiston isn’t that far from Hells Canyon. It’s North America’s deepest river gorge and comes from the Snake River. The rapids in the canyon can range up to class IV and V (aka POWERFUL rapids).
|Hells Canyon with Snake River|
|Idaho's Capitol Building|
Another type of people that I was SHOCKED would live in IDAHO were those that like good ole Soul food! Boise has a pretty big Soul Food Extravaganza. I wonder how it compares to REAL southern restaurants.
Right outside of Boise, there are other great sites. The Bruneau Dunes State Park is filled with shifting sand dunes that are up to 470 feet tall! On my last post, we learned about southeastern Idaho’s St. Anthony Sand Dunes that are 50-500 feet tall too. In two weeks, we’ll discuss the state, Indiana, where I climbed 200 feet tall sand dunes and thought that was a workout. WOW! I’m just marveled by these tall sand dunes – how they got there, why are they still there, etc.
In the same area of the state as the Bruneau Dunes, you’ll also find the Bruneau Canyon. It’s another interesting marvel of nature. It’s a desert gorge on the Bruneau River that is 1300 feet wide, 800 feet deep and 60 miles long.
In June, the town of Weiser will host the National Old-time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival. This is a 60 year tradition that began during intermissions of the fifth annual Weiser Square Dance Festival. Turns out Weiser has been recognized as the “Fiddling Capital of the World!” Each of the almost 350 contestants have four minutes to play three tunes; one must be a hoedown, one must be a waltz, the other is a “tune of choice” (something other than a waltz or hoedown) with judging based on danceability, old-time style, rhythm, and tone. Just sounds pretty cool to me but I like ALL kinds of music.