Yesterday afternoon we packed up the pontoon boat and headed out for another beautiful day on the water. It was a bit busier than it has been, since it’s the weekend (much to my confusion until Tim was able to convince me that it was indeed Saturday by showing me the date on the morning paper). It’s a sure sign of a good vacation when you can’t even remember what day of the week it is. And we still have one week left!
The beach was overrun with tanned, screaming children. There was a great country band playing in the park, where locals had set up picnic tables covered with crockpots for some kind of potluck and a stand selling locally made beef jerky. They even had bouncy castles for the kids.
We’re entertaining the idea of moving to Harrison permanently and buying One Shot Charlie’s (it’s for sale!) We had lunch at the adjoining cafe, where we ate a taco pizza to rival the one I used to get at Godfather’s Pizza growing up. We had to get a picture in front of the bar, that somehow towed the line between biker dive bar and family restaurant. Only in NFI! Henry’s charm spans across all social and political boundaries, so naturally he flirted with the biker chicks smoking on the deck and they let him ride their Harleys. You can see the progression of events in this series of photos.
Eager for even more of the North Idaho experience, and since they can huckleberry anything in the Idaho panhandle, I demanded huckleberry ice cream. And Henry demanded a picture with the bear so he could practice his favourite animal sound – "ROAR!" With our bellies full and Henry’s legs sufficiently stretched, we headed back onto the boat.
Since Henry fell almost immediately asleep, we continued heading south for a brief cruise of the St Joe River. We enjoyed the scenery, spotted dozens of Osprey nests, and checked out the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes where it crosses the river.
The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a bike trail that covers over old railroad tracks and spans the entire distance of the Idaho panhandle (72 miles) from Washington to Montana. Tim would love for someone to bike this trail with him, and I’m not up for it. So anyone interested, let him know. http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/trailofthecoeurdalenes.aspx