Deer Park, WA
The past few days we have just been hanging out in Deer Park running errands and doing some work around the motorhome. Both of us had our hair attended to (one cost considerably less than the other, and no wisecracks Mrs. Dominick!) and we did some shopping. One trip included a visit to a small farmer’s market in Spokane for some fresh vegetables.
On Saturday we decided to take the bicycles to Coeur d’Alene, ID, after a look on Google Maps showed that the town had numerous biking paths. Coeur d’Alene is a small resort town about thirty miles east of Spokane on I-90. With a name like that, it is a town you must visit if you are nearby. At least that’s what we thought. As it turns out, we were right. Coeur d’Alene is a neat little town that is definitely worth a visit. It is located on the north shore of the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d’Alene and is surrounded by mountains.
In the early days the main industry of the town was lumber milling. But today it is definitely tourism. There are a number of large ski areas nearby and the lakes and rivers provide many summer activities. The town is criss-crossed with bike paths and has many parks and ball fields. The downtown area is filled with small shops and restaurants.
The shoreline along the lake has many boat docks and hotels. The main hotel dominating the “skyline” is the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
The shoreline of the lake and the beginning parts of the river have numerous beach and picnic areas. After our stays in Florida and Myrtle Beach the past couple years, it seems odd to see a beach with dark sand and mountains in the background.
Just north of the lake is a small two year community college, North Idaho College. Sarah Palin attended the school for a semester in 1983 before transferring to the University of Idaho. Bet she couldn’t see Russia from here! The campus is located on the grounds of the old Fort Sherman, an army post built in the 1870s at the direction of Gen. William T. Sherman. The officers quarters is the only remaining building from the fort and sits in the middle of the college campus.
As we rode along one of the many bike paths we came upon a softball field complex where a tournament between teams of high school age girls was being played. So, being long time fans of high school softball, we stopped and watched a few innings. The teams were good but not of the caliber of the two time state champion Susquehannock Warriors.
We’ve visited many small towns during our travels but Coeur d’Alene is one of the nicest we have seen. It appears to have a nice blend of shopping conveniences and recreational activities. If you like snow related activities in the winter and hiking/biking/boating activities in the summer, then this is where you need to live.