The morning sun glistened on Lake Coeur d’Alene Resort when I opened the drapes this morning, after a good night’s sleep. My cousin and her husband welcomed us for a couple of days of rest. A treat to be with family, laze around their condo and do the laundry.
An avid sports fan, Kay has been a Seahawk fan for years. Our timing brought us together the weekend the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced off for a rematch. Would family unity be at risk?
The husbands aren’t nearly as interested as we girls. Both of us contain our enthusiasm for a genial game viewing. I was thrilled when the Broncos tied the score at the end of the game but let down when Seattle marched down the field in overtime for the win. At least Denver showed up for this game, unlike the painful Super Bowl in February. Kay gets credit for being a gracious winner.
We greatly appreciated the comfortable guest room, relaxed atmosphere, home cooked dinner and evening conversation – a lovely break from restaurants and hotels. Thanks Kay and Steve for the hospitality!
After a chilly, rainy night Saturday morning dawns damp and dim. As we head south from Golden, British Columbia the clouds are low and dense. For the first hour we drive at a much lower speed than normal to insure safe vision in the ever-changing foggy conditions. What we miss most are views of the rugged Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Range. By mid-morning the sun has done it’s job leaving only scant clouds in low lying areas.
Our route takes us through the East Kootenays along lakes, the headwaters of the Columbia River and the Kootenay River. Lots of water and forest along the way. Radium Hot Springs buzzes with tourists and shoppers. We learn it’s the weekend of the annual Columbia Valley Classics Car Show & Shine with over 1,000 cars and trucks displayed at The Springs Golf Course. We bypass the show but from the stream of traffic headed into town see that the popular event draws a large following from Western Canada and the States.
We cross the border back into the United States at Eastport, Idaho continuing south through Bonner Springs and Sandpoint to our destination – Coeur ‘Alene. The rest of the day is spent visiting with family and dinner at Moon Time where the roasted corn pasta salad is always at hit.