Lake Coeur d’Alene

For the second part of our U.S. travels, we flew up to Spokane, Washington to meet up with our friend Cody. We stayed from Friday 11 August through Wednesday 16 August with Cody at his family’s cabin on the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene within Idaho’s Heyburn State Park.

The cabin itself was really cool and reminded me so much of being at our family’s cottage in Fairhaven on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s rustic and in a quiet location, perfect for unwinding and enjoying time with friends. There’s a bit of interesting history as well! The park was the location of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s, and there are still structures leftover from that time, including picnic shelters and a lodge.

Cody’s family’s cabin. They had a wonderful deck with a view through the trees of the lake. We were facing west, so we got some beautiful sunsets.
The State Park sign in front of one of the original CCC buildings.
The beach of Heyburn State Park. Cody’s family’s house is right up on the hill above the beach, through the trees.

We had four full days at the lake, with two perfect weather days. Similar to Oregon, we arrived in Idaho to smoke, but luckily some rain came through on Sunday and finally cleared up the skies. There were about seven of us staying at the cabin on the weekend, including some of Cody’s friends from high school and also his girlfriend Kim and one of her friends. It was a fun bunch! Everyone else had to go back home on Sunday so it was just the three of us hanging out from Monday – Wednesday. We spent our days on the lake, water skiing and tubing, grilling, playing Settlers of Catan and just catching up. It’s been so fun to get to see our friends after being gone for two years. Big thanks to Cody and his family for sharing their cabin with us.

Taking the boat to dinner in Harrison. Andrew learned to drive the boat!
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Sunset from dinner in Harrison. It was a Monday and quiet, with barely any people. Fine for us!
As my family knows, I learned to waterski as a kid on the Chesapeake Bay at our family’s cottage  in Fairhaven. I am fairly confident it has been a minimum of 15 years since I water skied last and I had no idea if I could still do it. But, turns out it’s like riding a bike and I got up on my first try! Andrew had never water skied before and was successful on his second attempt – pretty awesome. Eventually we even managed to get us both up together for a tandem ski.
View of the mouth of the St Joe river. On our last day we took the boat down the river to the town of St Maries for lunch.