Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Drive Around Hayden Lake

 Today we took the 40 mile drive all around Hayden Lake. The sun was shining, and spring is bursting out all over, albeit a little late this year. New colts are part of the spring awakening, always so cute and curious!

 Hayden Lake is just north of Coeur d'Alene, off highway 95. This whole region is heavily forested and incredibly beautiful. Wild flowers are blooming everywhere.

 We caught many glimpses of the water, but like several of the lakes in this region, houses are built on the shores and signs are posted "No Trespassing" and, "Private Property". We encountered only one public access point along the 40 mile route, but hopefully there are others somewhere along the way that we didn't see. Whenever we ventured onto a side road we would find more of these signs and would have to turn back. It's kind of sad that such beauty should be enjoyed only by those fortunate enough to be able to acquire land on these lovely shores.

 Always a beauty, and a favorite of mine, the arrow leaf balsam root is abundant here.

 This lady didn't seem to have a care in the world! She posed for several photos, then sauntered across the road behind us. In spite of the heavy forest lining the highway, there are neighborhoods all around, so she is probably used to looky-loos.

The last leg of our trip took us back to downtown Coeur d'Alene. This is a part of the public beach with marinas and docks. In warmer weather I'm sure the water here will be filled with swimmers. Whenever I look across the water at this spot I think about a summer camp I attended when I was 9 or 10. We kids rode a bus from western Washington to Coeur d'Alene. I remember getting off the bus here, walking out on a dock and getting into a power boat when it was my turn, and being wisked across the lake to a rustic camp right on the shore. I wonder if it's still there, 50 plus years later? Ah...childhood memories!

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