Good Morning from Coeur d’Alene, ID

2 09 2012
Lake Coeur d'Alene Camping Resort

Lake Coeur d’Alene Camping Resort

We’re at the Lake Coeur d’Alene Camping Resort, a fairly small, compact campground just south of I-90. Nestled in a canyon to the east of the lake, this campground provides full-hookup back-in and pull-through sites, cabins and tent sites. Approximately 15 pull-through sites are located on 5 terraces in the middle of the campground. These sites are tight, but adequate for large rigs with slides. Along the edges are about 30 shorter terraced back-in sites. We’re in site #31, a back-in nearly at the top of the hill. All of the sites are tight, but the terraces provide a bit more breathing room, even though you look across your neighbors roof. There is a pool, general store, a game room and guest laundry.

Yesterday was our first “travel” day with the new Wildcat, although we didn’t go all that far, only about 60 miles. Arriving about 1pm, our reservations had been mixed up with the wrong equipment. The campground hosts were accommodating by quickly juggling sites and led us up the hill. With tight turning and maneuvering, our “escort” did a great job of getting everything positioned.

Lake Coeur d’Alene is a natural lake, over 25 miles long with over 100 miles of shoreline. Reminiscent of Grand Country Colorado before the pine beetle infestation, the hills here are a beautiful mix of pine and hardwoods. There are over 50 other smaller lakes nearby, all left behind by the movement of ancient glaciers. The words Coeur d’Alene loosely translate to “heart of the awl”, used to describe the sharp negotiating skills of the native Indian traders when the French arrived in the early 19th century. It’s a beautiful area, worthy of more time and further explorations. But, today we’ll continue east, with reservation at an RV park in Missoula, MT. More from there tomorrow.

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