Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Blackwell Island RV Park in Coeur d'Alene
On arriving in Coeur d'Alene, we checked in at the Blackwell Island RV Park http://www.idahorvpark.com/ where we had a rude awakening in regards to the rate for the site. We paid almost $300 for the week and it is because I made some assumptions that won't be happening again any time soon. They had no rates on their web page, and I assumed from the look of the place (and we had physically cruised thru their park on a previous visit to the city) that it would be in line with other parks that we had visited. Also I did not ask when I made the reservation and so we got a pull-through site on gravel with poorly cared for grass between sites. We were all in a line with the other rigs, nothing fancy to warrent the high rates. In addition, a couple of days later Mike and Rose stayed across the Spokane River from us, we could actually see their park, and they paid almost half of what we paid. Oh well, live and learn. One of the reasons we wanted the island park was that we could kayak around the island and up the river right from the park as opposed to driving the kayaks somewhere to launch. And we were able to do this but I'm not sure it was worth what we paid just to do that one thing. Enough said. We had a good time with Rose and Mike taking a jeep trip around the East side of Lake Coeur d'Alene and then up country on the way back. We got some photos of the lake filled with water lilies. (Enlargement shown on the right). And we had lunch in a tiny town with a tiny cafe on the lake with an even tinier menu which had three items on it, two of which were not available. So we all had the hamburger and a good laugh with the bartender who was also the waiter. He said that if we really wanted the fish for lunch he would drop a pole over the side of the railing and catch one for us but we decided to let them live another day. So instead he fed them french fries and they ate them right up. We were sad to see Mike and Rose leave for Yellowstone but we knew we would be meeting up with them down the road, probably this Fall or Winter in the Phoenix Area. On Saturday we headed north of Coeur d'Alene up as far as Sandpointe. The drive was beautiful and the town was very cute and we were there just in time for the farmers market where we bought goat cheese, granola, berries and many other items of produce which filled our market bag to the top. This is a beautiful area but was not what we were looking for in our never ending quest to find a summer spot where we want to spend several months. So the search goes on.