|Coeur d'Alene from across the lake|
I had always thought the name "Coeur d'Alene" derived from some kind of Catholic "Sacred Heart" something or other, having no idea what d'Alene meant. It turns out that the translation from the French actually is "Heart of an Awl", which is what the early French fur traders called the local Indians. It apparently has something to do with the tough trade negotiations the natives practiced. I guess it makes sense somehow if you are French. Then again, eating snails makes sense if you are French. So much for our etymology lesson of the day.
The day after we arrived, we started out with breakfast at Jimmy's Down the Street, a breakfast and lunch café we had seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. One of the featured items on the television show was their pecan roll, so we ordered one to split between us along with our regular breakfasts. The roll was the size of my head. Really good though. We each ate about a quarter of it and then boxed up the other half for later consumption. It made a good bedtime snack. Going to bed with a mouthful of sugar is always a really good idea. One of our unofficial goals in our travels is to eat at whatever Triple-D joints we run across.
We went south as far as the town of Harrison, which was named after Pres. William Henry Harrison in exchange for his allowing the town to steal a large chunk of Indian land. Land in those days was pretty cheap. Particularly if it belonged to Indians. We then got on state Highway 3 and headed back north again through more horse and cattle ranches, farms and forests. We got back to Interstate 90 near Old Mission State Park.
|Interior with huckleberry ceilings|
|Mission and chapter house|
The next day we decided to drive north toward Sandpoint up on Lake Pend Oreille, which is even larger than Lake Coeur d'Alene. There was a farmers market scheduled between 3:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon that Vicki want to go to, having read all about the wonders of fresh produce on the road. We took US-95 up but about halfway we got bored and took off on a side road that ran to the Pend
|Entropy, part deux|
|End of the line|