Lake Coeur d’Alene

The beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene (pronounced COOR deLane) is located on the north shore of the lake which shares it’s name.  The locals refer to the town simply as CDA (pronounced Sea Dee Eh!).

On the left side of the photo you can see a small portion of a pedestrian bridge, part of a 3,300 foot floating boardwalk which surrounds the marina at the fashionable Coeur d’Alene Resort.  That elevated portion of the boardwalk allows larger boats with tall bridge, navigation and fishing apparatus to enter and exit the marina.

On the right side of the photo is a seaplane which I was hoping to ride in this afternoon.  Unfortunately it was a slow day and no one else showed up wanting to fly.  They won’t go up unless there are at least two passengers.  I waited about an hour but finally gave up.  I may try again before I head over to Washington state Monday morning.  I did get to see a seaplane which had stopped for fuel take off.

If you want to stay at the resort (on the lower floors 1-7 only, with a lake view) it will set you back $379 per night, thank you very much.  The resort has a huge aquarium in the lobby with lots of very big fish.

The resort also has a golf course which has the only true island green in the world.  There is a boat which ferries golfers to and from the green on the 14th hole.  The island is computer controlled and is moved to a different location each day (which changes the distance from the tee to the hole, normally accomplished by simply moving the hole to a different location on the green.  Every golf course has a gizmo which digs a neat, cylindrical chunk of dirt out, shaped like a small coffee can, and it is inserted into the spot where the hole was located the previous day).

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