When a girl's got to go potty....

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Shiloh Inn

Flag of United States  , Idaho
Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another late start - we are so over tired - but we did really want to get to Many Glaciers which is quite near the Canadian border and most people we spoke to said it was the prettiest part. As with all NPs there is a lot of driving involved but instead of driving through the park we skirted around the bottom thinking it would be much quicker. It wasn't, but as I was driving I noticed that the train lines tend to go through the most spectacular scenery so it would be a nice job for most of the year. It was hard to believe with the heat we have been having that during winter the snow is very deep and the lakes freeze over. The trains are very long and go up fairly steep inclines but they only have one engine. One train had two layers of containers each obviously coming from China. As with Australia, many of the souvenirs are made in China...
Back to Many Glaciers - we tried to get there to catch a boat trip at 1pm but I could not find anywhere to park the car. Parking was at a premium and people had parked really badly so we had to hang around for the next trip. We had our names on a list and were the last two on which was lucky otherwise we would have made the journey for nothing as we had another long drive in the afternoon. I am usually really lucky with parking so we had to have at least one piece of luck!. 
(I just have to let you know that it is the 27th today - I am sitting in a coffee shop in Seattle while writing this and there is a lady next to me telling her daughter a wonderful story, it is really nice. The grandmother is having an iced espresso with masses of cream [whipped milk she said] but has used sweetener so it has no calories!)
The hotel accommodation at Many Glaciers is a Swiss style hotel built in 1915. The rooms are really small but the verandah and main lounges overlook the lake. The bell boys were dressed in lederhosen with modern joggers which was rather incongruous - we tried to get a surreptitious photo but it was too difficult with the crowds. They were celebrating Christmas in July so there was a big tree and they gave out free cookies. 
The trip on the boat was nothing special - we did expect more commentary but it was pleasant enough and it was a more relaxing thing to do after our recent hiking exertions. We did have to do a 1/4 mile strenuous (what a joke - this was so easy) hike between the two lakes to take the second part of the boat trip. This is supposed to be the most bear populated area but I still did not get to see a bear. I think I am now disappointed that I did not come face to face with one!
On the way back we decided to take the scenic route through the park so I drove over Logan's Pass having fun on the switchback roads. Our Prius has a B button which stands for engine breaking and it is the best thing on these downward slopes. I was actually having to use the accelerator. Unfortunately with all the road works we could not stop to take photos but Irene just clicked away so we hope you can get the hang of what we saw.
Couer d'Alene was our rest stop for the night and it was a long drive with a lot of it on secondary roads. Poor Irene just had to go potty and there was no rest area or trees in sight so we had to stop on the side of the road, open both passenger side doors and she went between them with motorbikes and cars coming both ways. It was not the most pleasant experience for her and I was not helping by saying the motorbike was slowing down and perhaps he was stopping to offer assistance! 
We eventually got onto the main interstate driving once more directly into the sun but the best thing was that we gained an hour so did not arrive as late as we had feared. St Regis is the name of a small town at the interstate junction and it has the most amazing gift shop - much better than at any of the tourist places we have been to. The price and range of things was so much more reasonable. I actually found some vinegar and salt chips which I am happy about. 
There is not much to say about driving on the interstate except it can be very hairy with all the road works, shiny trucks (they seem to be made of metal and reflect your lights back on to you) and the fact that it is difficult to see the lines (I have mentioned that before). 
The Shiloh Inn at Coeur d'Alene is a great place to stay if you ever have to go there. You can use the pool and gym 24 hours, the rooms are very comfortable and it is a reasonable price. 

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Lance on

Great pics of the scenery. BTW, what is significant about the 27th?

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