Idaho – Our 28th State

Current Location: Blackwell Island RV Resort, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Previous Location: Bearmouth Chalet RV Park, Clinton, Montana

We included two locations in today’s blog post, since we didn’t have any internet yesterday at Bearmouth Chalet RV Park. We’ll start there, since it was a pretty nice park and has a bit of a story behind it.

Last year, as we were heading west through Montana on the way to Washington, we took the easy road and stayed in the KOA in Deer Lodge, Idaho, using our “it’s easy enough to get a reservation on the road with the KOA website” mentality. The Deer Lodge KOA was more or less a big gravel lot on the edge of town, but admittedly the folks there were very friendly. Within an hour of leaving the KOA and traveling through the mountains of Montana, we saw what looked like a really nice RV park next to a river and decided we would try to stay there if we came through again. So we did.

On the road in Montana

On the road in Montana

Our site at Bearmouth

Our site at Bearmouth

Bearmouth is apparently under new ownership this year, so they’re making improvements to the whole park. The sites are pretty level, the power was fine, the water pressure was a bit low and there were no sewer hookups, which is fine by us. They did have a dump station that we did use on the way out this morning. Other than a general lack of internet (AT&T was showing Edge network that was OK for very light usage and we didn’t try to hook up the Verizon to try it), the place was pretty nice. You have to pay the camp host with cash (for now, anyway), but that wasn’t a big deal. The overnight rate for 50 Amp was $30.

Another view at Bearmouth

Another view at Bearmouth

Once we left Bearmouth this morning, we had a short-ish drive to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. It was a good midway point between Bearmouth and tomorrow’s destination at Chelan, Washington. Plus, we got to put another state sticker on the map.

Idaho added

Idaho added

This campground is a big lakeside resort. We took a chance at just showing up at noon and asking for a spot and we were rewarded with a nice and easy pull-through spot on the end of a row. Doesn’t look like much in the picture, but the place is pretty nice with lots of amenities.

Blackwell Island site

Blackwell Island site

Since we were here early, we ate lunch in the trailer then headed into town to pick up a prescription for Malcolm at Walgreens. We decided to go ahead and fill up the truck while we were up that way and had to find a gas station that wasn’t full of travelers. We passed a Lowe’s Home Improvement store on the way to the gas station, then stopped in on the way back through. Val picked up a can of carpet cleaner spot treat stuff that we needed and Malcolm went ahead and purchased a two shelf pullout Rev-A-Shelf unit he had been debating for his camera and computer gear.

Once back at the trailer, Malcolm installed the Rev-A-Shelf unit and figured out that the fabric containers he put all his gear in were too wide for the wire shelves. We’ll have to find better containers that fit in the less-than-twelve-inch wide shelves.

Before installing shelves

Before installing shelves

Shelves installed

Shelves installed

With the shelves installed, we called in reservations at the restaurant down the street – The Cedars Floating Restaurant. It is on the water and we chose to eat outside. The food was excellent and plentiful and we had coupons from the campground that gave us $6 off per person on bar drinks.

Entrance to The Cedars

Entrance to The Cedars

Entrance to The Cedars

Entrance to The Cedars

Our view at dinner

Our view at dinner

Once we got back from dinner, we ran all our laundry at the campground laundry facility so that we’ll have plenty of clean clothes for our stay at Lake Chelan State Park starting tomorrow. That’s where we are meeting our daughter and family for 10 days. We can’t wait!

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