Whenever I think of Coeur d’Alene now, I think of the color blue, a color that defines this lovely town built on a dreamy blue lake in the middle of Idaho, a state known for its forest greens and soft brown fields of grain.
Looming large over the downtown area is The Coeur d’Alene, a classy resort and marina where boats rest easy on the lake while vacationers and residents dine in the restaurants, enjoy recreational facilities, and walk the world’s longest floating boardwalk.
So surprised was I to see a sand beach in Idaho that I snapped this picture and quickly posted it on Facebook for my Tennessee friends to see!
This fall, I brought my husband Bert to see the city on the lake where we just happened upon an adventure. While strolling City Dock at Independence Point, we spied a poster advertising Brooks Sea Plane. The owner said he had just had a cancellation, and we could go up, up and away, if we were ready to fly right then. We jumped at the chance.
The 40-mile, 20-minute flight took us over 125 miles of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s shoreline where some of the city’s residents and a few of America’s well-known stars maintain homes we could only dream of seeing — like John Elway of the Denver Broncos, Dennis Franz from NYPD Blue, and Wayne Gretzky of National Hockey League fame. A bird’s eye view of paradise, Idaho-style!
At the end of the flight, we dined at Dockside in the Coeur d’Alene Resort while watching the sun set on the marina. Coeur d’Alene looks good from the air AND by the sea!
For more information:
Brooks Sea Plane: 208.664.2842; http://www.brooks-seaplane.com
Coeur d’Alene Resort: 800.688.5253; http://www.cdaresort.com/
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This post is #20 for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 2013.