Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mosaic Monday #29 - Three States in a Day

Did you know you can cross Idaho in an hour?  Yep, you surely can, if you take the northern route.  Just take a gander at this map of Idaho.  Doesn't it make you wonder who drew state lines?  What could possibly be the purpose of the little sticky-up bit between Montana and Washington State?  Maybe it's just there so the achievement types (no, not me, no sir!) can check Idaho off the list … Well, now I can say I have been to and through the Gem State!  That's good enough for me!

Yes, we have completed our road trip, 450 miles, 5 days and enough memories that it felt akin to a couple of weeks.  But that's kinda our modus operandi - we don't just visit a place, we VISIT.  So, I'll spare you a blog post the length of War and Peace; I will split our mini-vacation into several segments.  Here we go with Day One.

Spousal Unit planned this trip, and he deserves high marks for his research and execution.  Rather than scoot through Idaho with nothing but a wave at the potato farmers, we cruised to Coeur D'Alene.  French-speaking fur traders named the lake/town in the mid-1800s; legend says the traders believed the local Indians to be sharp traders, and thus they bestowed the name that means "their hearts were sharp as an awl".  The French translation is beaucoup more romantic, no?
World's Longest Floating Boardwalk at Coeur d'Alene Resort
The Resort also features the world's only floating green as part of
its golf course.  On the 14th hole, the green measures 15,000 sq. ft.
and weighs almost five million pounds.  It can be moved on the
surface of the water to change to distance from the tee to the hole.
It's almost impossible to visit the city without engaging Lake Coeur D'Alene, 25 miles long and featuring 135 miles of shoreline.  In our case, we traded our truck for our bicycles and pedaled 12 miles of that shoreline.  Such variety - world-class resorts to open vistas to elegant lake-side homes (collage below).  A captivating peek into the routines of this quaint city.

Loading the bikes back into the truck, we pointed our noses westward, destination Spokane, WA.  Yes, Montana in the morning, Idaho in the afternoon and Washington State in the early evening.  We dropped the bags at our hotel and navigated to the Night Market, through throngs of people with the same notion as us - to relish the season opener of the Market, known for fresh local produce, pickles, jams, soap, jewelry, tea, baked goods, food trucks and live music.

Given the grey skies, we opted to nibble our food and sip our beverages on the covered patio at Nectar, with a view of the Spokane River and even an osprey nest perched high atop a tall pole.

On the way back to the hotel, we spotted this mural and decided to take the advice.  We dropped into the Globe Bar and Kitchen, and boy, that bartender shook a mean Manhattan! 

All of these murals decorate one wall of the Globe, located in a former historic hotel that has been in downtown Spokane since 1908.  I think there is some pithy advice here for everyone - take your pick!  

And so concluded Day One - watch for future posts about the rest of the trip!

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  1. Very cool. I've never been to the Idaho panhandle and I hear it is gorgeous. My parents met a Forest Service camp near Coeur D'Alene back in the late 40's.

  2. I'm amused, you write with great wit and charm.
    Happy MosaicMonday! I wish you good week.

    Thank you for hosting

  3. Wow those houses by the lake are stunning, your trip mm is off to a wonderful start.

  4. Those are beautiful and you are the best tour guide ever!

  5. I love a good road trip, Angie, and yours sounds like a wonderful adventure! When we drove to Glacier National Park a few years ago we traveled through Wyoming into eastern Montana, but returned to Colorado from the western side of Montana into Idaho. Such beautiful country! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your trip in the future.

  6. I wonder what are fiddleheads, young ferns? You must have had a great roadtrip with all what you saw and experienced. I take the advice of 'Don't grow up, it's a trap'. Looking forward to your second day!

  7. Well you've just given me a destination in Spokane to try. Looking forward to hearing what else you discovered on your road trip. I'll be back next weekend for Mosaic Monday.

  8. Your travelogue is always so intriguing, Angie, that I find my heart soaring into unknown places accompanying you. Some of my big interests are World's Longest Floating Boardwalk, the flowering dogwoods which passed a month ago in my place, and the fiddle-heads which is called “zenmai” in Japanese meaning “coil spring”, and the monochrome murals. Have a happy week ahead.


    1. Thank you for your comment. The heart-shape made by the roses are not by chance but on purpose, the gardener's plan, as you wrote.


  9. Gosh you get around Angie. When you visit a place, you certainly do fun. I must say the map of Idaho has me intrigued. Can't wait to read about day two.....and the rest of the trip.

  10. I've never been to Idaho, never heard of fiddleheads before and certainly can have more than one happy hour in a day! Great post Angie, it was a big trip, three US States in a day, that's epic.
    Thank you for sharing with us and hosting as usual. Looking forward to the next instalment.
    Wren x

  11. Hello, your trip is starting off wonderful. The long boardwalk looks fun! I have been to Idaho, but never Spokane WA. I love the dogwood blooms and the cute murals. I have never heard of fiddleheads? Thanks for hosting MM. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  12. Research is so important when you are planning a trip, especially if you have limited time. We are planning a trip at the moment, and I confess my hubbie has done most of the research so far. Happy travels! and thanks again for the link up.

  13. What a fun trip! And how nice to have your bikes to really see a lot when you get somewhere fun. Love your photos! Can't wait to see what's next! Enjoy your day! Hugs!

  14. Safe and happy travels, Angie. Keep the lovely photos coming!

  15. Looks like an enjoyable vacation!!
    The western part of MD where I live looks to me like it should be part of WV. At Cumberland the distance across is only a little more that a mile!!

  16. Thank you Angie for sharing your visit to Spokane - so much to see and do. 3 States on first day!

  17. Great start to your trip! BTW, in Harpers Ferry, WV, we can cross three states in ten minutes!

  18. Looks like a great start to your get away. We love the antique stores in CDA. And have camped on the lake. Pretty place! Kit

  19. What a lovely visit! Great shots.

  20. Great blog and the images you capture. I also want to visit the floating board.
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  21. It's an old truism that "travel broadens the mind". In just that short trip you experienced new horizons and places, learnt of new foods and came across innovative ideas. Different landscapes to photograph too. Lovely post Angie.

  22. Wow! What a journey and great photos of the scenes you saw ~

    Happy Day to you,
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  23. I learn so much about geography reading others' blogs!

  24. You calling your husband spousel unit cracks me up! it looks like you ate very well for sure. Yum! Such lovely photos! Have a great week.


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  26. I must say that whether I can cross Idaho in one hour has not been something that has commanded my fulminations greatly! As for calling your husband spousal unit in the comment above, why not simply use his name? I could never imagine calling Miriam a spousal unit, or the better half, or the ball and chain....or anything but her lovely name, Miriam.

  27. What a long but fabulous journey...
    I did enjoy seeing all of your photographs and loved the murals at the end of your post.

    All the best Jan

  28. Great memories of your road trip! As for the sticky-up parts, most of them give the state access to water or follow a river. The one in SE MO came to be because a rich guy didn't want to be a part of AK, so he paid somebody to let him stay in MO!

  29. I would love to visit States one day, have a lovely weekend ☺

  30. Hi Angie! I did know that you can drive through Idaho in an hour - not from personal experience (yet) but rather my love of studying maps. I have about 7 more states to visit to be able to say I've been to them all. I do OFTEN wonder who drew up the state lines and why on earth they drew them the way they are. Like for example, the UP of Michigan??!! Why is it not part of Wisconsin?? Oh, I could go on and on . . . so I'll stop. But I did thoroughly enjoy this post. I'm looking forward to parts 2-5. ~smile~ Roseanne

  31. You must enjoy your vacation, because you visited so beautiful places.
    Thank you for sharing series of wonderful and lovely photos

  32. Sounds like it was a great trip. I do love visiting different towns, especially small ones when there's lots of summer activities, like farmer's markets and concerts in the park. :)

  33. What a fantastic visit. Lovely photos as always.
    Thanks for sharing!

  34. i don't wonder about those state lines...had to have been a man!! hehehehe, sorry guys!!

    awesome snaps and highlights, i just love those dogwoods, we have a pink one in our front yard!! i have always found those fiddleheads to be very interesting!!

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