Thursday, April 28, 2011

Missoula to Coeur d'Alene

We have completed the final leg of our trip to Coeur d'Alene. Since the Missoula KOA is one of our favorite places to stay, and to work, I've included a photo of our rig there. It's a lovely park, with big, old pines and firs and willows. We enjoyed greeting the employees with whom we've worked and also enjoyed some meals with various ones during our 3 night stay there. But, as it always does, the time to move on arrived, and we said our good-byes.

The weather reports said there would be snow on Lookout Pass, and there was indeed snow, but none on the road. About 100 miles from Missoula we crossed over the pass, headed down and saw the 'Welcome to Idaho' sign just below the summit. Yay! We're almost there!

This is our spot at the Lake Coeur d'Alene Camping Resort. It's one of the largest, yet it took 3 men quite a bit of maneuvering to get our big rig into. We're used to pull-thrus! In the process, just about when we thought we had it right, BigTruk gave up the ghost and shed red fluid all over, a real tragedy for us. We felt like crying! 

Fortunately, we have emergency road service so the next morning we called them and they sent out this tow truck to haul BigTruk to the Ford garage in Coeur d'Alene. In a few hours we had the verdict. BigTruk needs an organ transplant, a rebuilt transmission for only $4500! We are devastated, but we must do what we must do or we won't be going anywhere! God is good to take care of us no matter what happens. We've seen that over and over!
The owners here are so nice. We know we are going to love working with them. The park is still closed for a couple more days and we are the only rig here. It feels kind of lonely, but that will change soon!

This is the view of the eastern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene from the entrance to our campground. It's been a cloudy, darkish day but you can still see the beauty that we will be looking at on a daily basis. Mr. Keith and I are very thankful for what we have, our health, the great people we get to meet, the memories we're building, and the adventures we are able to have.


Char said...

I'm so sorry about Big Truk! Fortunately, he waited until you got to your destination -- someone was watching over you!

Smokey said...

So sorry about BigTruk. Looks like a beautiful park and a great site you are parked on! Can't wait to come see you and see the beautiful views for myself.