In order for this to be a real road trip, we decided to take three days driving back and explore parts of Idaho and Washington that we hadn’t seen before. The first night was in Sandpoint, Idaho at The Lodge at Sandpoint, on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pond-o-ray).
The Lodge at Sandpoint
Not that we were roughing it at the Glacier Chalet, but this place was pretty upscale in a northwest lodgey kind of way.
Fireplace in the main lodge
View from our room
As if the setting and accommodations weren’t enough, there are two excellent restaurants on the property.
Martinis on the deck at Forty-One South
Sushi at Shoga
And back at our room, here’s a final look at the view before bedtime.
Did I mention that Lorette is taking flute lessons? She needed to practice so we stopped at a vacant Forest Service campground on the way to our next destination. Three deer, two elk and a moose wandered in to hear the concert.
A forest etude
Next stop was Winthrop, Washington.
Old west theme attracts all sorts of people
To our surprise, Winthrop has an award winning brewery and a terrific little French bistro.
The Arrowleaf Bistro
The final leg of our trip was over Washington Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, which is closed in winter because of heavy snow and frequent avalanches.
Looking back the way we came
One of the avalanche zones
Taking a break from white knuckle driving
One of the lakes supplying Seattle’s water
This was one of many waterfalls that were plentiful due to the snow melt.
The highway bridge had a grated walkway so we could walk out and look down. Not recommended for people with acrophobia.
A fitting last stop: lunch at the Marblemount Diner for classic road food: fish and chips, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and…
Strawberry rhubarb pie a la mode!
And so ends a great road trip!