Priest Lake, Idaho: 8/14 – 8/17/19

We made it!  Hello Idaho!

0043BFF7-B8A9-423C-AE0A-D5B727F72CDBOur first stop in Idaho was Priest Lake, known as “Idaho’s Crown Jewel”, located in the northern tip of the state.

D61B2826-2E88-4418-B19D-51A6ED96421AThey boast a “Four Season Paradise” with “Hawaii like sand beaches”, 25 miles of pristine lake for boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and swimming with the Selkirk Ridge mountains along its Eastern flank for hiking.  Their golf course is open May to October, and in the wintertime, groomed and cross-country ski and snow-shoe trails are very popular.  Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful.  Hawaii like sand beaches?  Not so sure.

We have a habit of reading almost all signage when we enter a new park or begin a new hike.  I always feel better when we are reminded of exactly where we are.

6B1E7D9A-69B4-4047-ABF7-116C5140D3CD.jpegWe were able to get a campsite at Luby Bay, located on the lower western side of the lake.    Check out the map below.

9142D4DE-425E-4206-A962-19ACF30F51DFThere is a narrow, winding dirt road that runs along the perimeter of the lake, with short access roads into the various campgrounds.

389E0D7C-27FF-4B15-A993-9C9DC4F73CD4.jpegThe next day, we took the paddle board to the beach and enjoyed hanging out on a beautiful afternoon.  The water temperature was surprisingly perfect!  Someone forgot to take a picture of our campsite, but we did take pictures taken from lakeside.

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24801366-E5D9-4AD0-8EB0-F580FF73C72F.jpegThe following day was a bit cooler so we decided to take a hike instead of braving the water.  We took a four-mile round-trip hike on Lakeview Mountain.

3D856F2C-028F-4359-AF8A-4DEA8D786704Maybe they want us to register because we are in grizzly country?  The trail was well maintained through a wooded forest.

754D3872-425C-4A65-9CF6-E9F12429C688.jpegEven though it was only a four mile round-trip hike, the first two miles to the peak were continuously uphill.  The view of Priest Lake was worth it.

4C85C207-9A8C-41AE-81F9-8379BB472446The next day we packed up camp and continued south/southeast to Bayview, ID.  We enjoyed lunch with Scott’s step sister, Liz, her mom and step-dad at the marina.  It was a pleasure to meet Liz’s parents, and to spend a few hours together.  They eagerly shared historical information about Lake Pend Oreille and what happens when cougars get too close to the towns.  Yikes!!!!

81151FF9-73D9-43F5-B340-738351451B4BOur next stop is Lewiston, Idaho, where we will visit Scott’s sister and celebrate her birthday!

 

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