Montana Road Trip 2010 Part Thirty-Seven

♪ ♫ On da road again…♫ ♪ and this time heading out of Coeur d’Alene and south down US Highway 95 through Palouse Country. U like see?  On da map, you can see Interstate 90 where we came from Montana, and into Coeur d’ Alene.

Our first stop was at a nearby Dutch Brothers coffee kiosk for yeah, coffee. The baristas at this particular Dutch Brothers were awesome, so friendly and helpful. And they made good coffee, too.  We’d stopped here on our way to Montana, so we knew it’d be worth another stop.

This is a beautiful rest stop on our way out of town. Since we’d just gotten up a little bit ago, we didn’t need to stop, but it was beautiful to drive through.

The sign says “Welcome to Coeur d’ Alene because we’d been outside of the city limits.

Try look this!! Isn’t this the coolest thing ever? The feather looks so real! This eagle feather is part of the Northwest Boulevard Art project, and you can read about it here. There’s also an osprey feather.

Former City Councilman Ben Wolfinger said the feathers are “symbols of the eagles and ospreys that have been nesting on our lake’s shore for hundreds of years,” and “will be a great reminder of and welcome to this natural paradise we call home.”

This is where we take the exit to head south. Notice it’s also the exit for Missoula. So tempting to go that way!

We cross over the Spokane River…

…and then leave it blurrily behind.

We are now truly heading south. We’ve passed the exit for Missoula, Montana, and now it feels as though we’re really for sure heading home. I knew we still had adventures awaiting us and that in some ways it’d be good to be home again, though I still felt a bit hamajang inside. So I decided to enjoy each hour as it came, each new photo op, each unseen before view. And that settled me down.

At about 11:00, we pass this beautiful old barn.  It looked like there was an old broken down one behind it.

We were heading up a mountain pass before too long.

It was so beautiful!

Ho da nani, yeah? I love forests! This area would probably be kinda brown (except for the fir and pine trees) in the summer, and we were so happy we were traveling now, in the springtime.

Oh, how I loved this view!  The highway stretched out far ahead of us, and the curving road drew my eyes in like a magnet.

What a beautiful day for a drive!

I think this is near Putman Loop Road, but I couldn’t find it on the map.

And I think this is near Whitlaw Road, but I couldn’t find that one, either. No matter. The combination of sun and clouds made for great photos.

We’re now entering the Coeur d’ Alene Indian Reservation.

Please go here and here  and here to read more about this area. These tribal lands have a rich history.

We crossed over Fighting Creek in Worley. Fightin’ Creek Smoke Shop is here, too, as well as a gas station. There was an IRS raid at the smoke shop in 2012. Oh, the stuff you can find on the internet!

With that little tidbit of information, we leave you till the next time. Who knows what we’ll discover next time, yeah?

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2 Responses to Montana Road Trip 2010 Part Thirty-Seven

  1. AFK says:

    I love traveling over bridges and traveling near water. Heck, I love road trips period. Thanks for taking us along!

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