Written by: Nedra Swenson, Joyful Lane Contributor
My husband and I love to travel and over the years have been to many places in the Caribbean. Finally, we decided to see some beautiful places right here in North America. So with that being said, we headed to Spokane Washington, Lake Pend Oreille at Sagle, Idaho, Priest Lake, Idaho, and finally Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Our journey began Saturday, June 10, 2017, as we flew Southwest Airlines flight # 4064 to Dallas and then Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, we flew SWA flight # 3879 to Spokane and rented a car from Alamo (a really nice Solara) and drove to Chattaroy, WA.
This first stop allowed us an evening with my husband’s middle brother whom we had not seen for ten plus years.
The next morning, after visiting with family and enjoying home grown freshly picked strawberries with breakfast, we headed to the Lodge at Sandpoint on Highway 2.
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Our travel on June 11th brought many great and interesting sites. One of our first stops was to see Albeni Falls and Dam on the Priest River. Driving through several small towns we saw beautiful flowers, trees, and of course the Priest River flowing into Pend Oreille Lake.
Some of the industry in this area is lumber, so seeing the Stimson Lumber Co. and all the wood was fun too. As we arrived and checked in to the Lodge at Sandpoint we were blessed with a beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille from our room.
Dinner was at Forty-one with nice service, good food, nice cool weather ( 70° and so different from home at 98°) and a gorgeous view of the lake.
The next two days are spent early to bed and early to rise so we could meet our fishing guide, Mark, at 6 a.m. Off we went for two days of fishing catching bass and walleye. June 12th we caught plenty of fish, but June 13th was less productive….both fun days as that is what fishing is all about.
Two different restaurants for evening dinners included Hydra Steakhouse and Panhandle Pies Restaurant and Bakery. The Hydra Steakhouse is definitely a five-star place to eat for both service and food. We enjoyed parmesan crusted cod, peel & eat shrimp, soup and salad bar.
The second morning of fishing was rather cool and rainy so a breakfast break was spent having the best hot chocolate and sour dough French toast at Trinity Restaurant at City Beach.
A more casual dinner was enjoyed at Panhandle Pies Restaurant and Bakery with again great people, service and tasty food (great burger, chicken pot pie and they’re infamous razzle berry pie).
Two really fun and relaxing days. We also were fascinated with the history of Pend Oreille Lake as we learned during WWII a submarine training facility was built on the lake as its depth is 1200 feet in one area of the lake. WOW!
June 14th takes us on an adventure. So off we go up Baldy Mountain Rd to go see and explore the area around Priest Lake. Found several options for coming back and fishing Priest Lake which included our favorite at Elkins.
The Trapper Creek Bar provided us a light lunch of delicious chicken nachos.
As we were leaving Priest Lake we took highway 57 and found Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars. We enjoyed a beautiful hike taking in the Granite Falls, and 1200-year-old cedar trees. Last but not least back to family in Chattaroy WA for dinner.
June 15th – 16th we had the pleasure of private lessons about being a beekeeper. My husband’s brother Ted raises queen bees and has Chattaroy Honeyfarm. We learned all about gathering the pure honey and separating the honeycomb. The area beekeepers are also figuring out how to eradicate the mite situation in their area which is killing the bees. Then we also had the experience of suiting up and seeing the beehives first.
Thursday evening we met our niece in Coeur d’Alene for dinner at Twizz. Great food and time to see Lake Coeur d’Alene and surrounding area and city. Friday night went back to Coeur d’Alene for the Car d’Lane Classic Parade and dinner at BardeNay Restaurant and Distillery. Another fun time with family and we so enjoyed the cooler weather.
Saturday, June 17th we’re headed home from a beautiful part of our country.