There’s no better way to get to know a new city than putting your feet to the pavement and doing a little walking around town. Which is why I found myself walking over the world’s largest floating dock on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
I’m in town with Sarcasmo, looking at a place for Sarcasmo to continue his education.
And, surely, I’m probably the last person in the world to figure this out, but Coeur d’Alene is a very, very lovely little town. It’s got no airport so the best way in is to fly into Spokane, Washington and then drive the forty minutes or so into the resort town.
A resort town because of a lake. It’s odd, really. Most of the places I’ve been that are touristy are built around beaches. Beaches that adjoin the ocean, not small man-made beaches that more closely resemble little spits of gravely land. But, boy, these guys make the most out of this lake.
There’s parasailing, jet skis, fishing, swimming and jumping from cliffs. Admittedly, it was only the younger dudes and dudettes doing that last, but there were a lot of them.
It’s a strange feeling. I’m from Texas, lived in Florida and in North Carolina (the flat part) and I’m not used to seeing so many mountains surrounding me. I’m feeling a little claustrophobic. I can’t see forever, or at least a reasonable approximation thereof, and I’m feeling a little bit closed in what with all the mountains surrounding me here.
Even stranger, there’s no snow on the mountains, so I can’t pretend I’m off on a skiing vacation.
Still, it’s been a nice learning experience to wander around town, seeing the sights, watching the sk8 doods rolling through the streets, and feeling the cool waters of the lake lapping against my toes.
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