|After getting set up for the night we headed to Independence Point Park. We wanted to take a few photos there before taking a stroll on the world's longest floating boardwalk, which of course is situated on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Built in 1986, the boardwalk is 3,300 feet long and 12 feet wide and features a swinging gate for sailboats and a bridge for powerboat entry. The boardwalk rims a 372-slip marina and has a wide variety of craft, many with 'For Sale' signs. I sure would have enjoyed going onboard several of them! One had some really 'creepy' decals on it. Made the hair on my arms stand up even taking pics of them but I wanted to share them with you. What do you think?
Lake Coeur d'Alene is a beautiful natural lake, 25 miles long, ranging from 1 to 3 miles wide, and has over 109 miles of shoreline with a maximum water depth of 209 feet. The elevation of the lake varies from 2,128 feet above sea level in the summer to up to 7 feet lower in the winter and is controlled by the Post Falls Dam located 9 miles below the lake on the Spokane River. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe owns the southern third of lake. Did you know that there are a number of Ford Model T automobiles sitting on the bottom of the lake? People in the early 1900's would drive across the lake during the winter time in order to save half the distance in getting around the lake. When the ice broke, so did their chances for getting across. There are also some steamboats on the bottom that were burned when they were no longer used to ferry people around on the lake. Divers frequently visit these ruins on the bottom.
After our boardwalk stroll this evening we headed downtown as we heard music coming from a couple of blocks away. Turned out to be an 'Octoberfest' drinking & music event. We stopped to listen to the band for a few minutes but 'growling tummies' forced us to move on. We ultimately chose Tito's Italian restaurant and sat on the outside patio to enjoy the ambiance while we ate a delicious meal. Our meal was very good, we highly recommend this restaurant if you get in the area.
Afterward we explored downtown a bit & due to an interesting front window display went inside Figpickles Toy Emporium. The store were closing in 5 minutes but we were impressed with their selection of book, toys, puzzles etc. Wow, wish we could have explored for awhile, we would have loved to purchase something for every one of our grandchildren. I believe they are going to have a web store soon so we'll have to check in on that!
All too soon it was time to head back home. We're pulling out in the morning as it's time to keep heading west. We enjoyed our stop here and we can certainly understand why Coeur d'Alene has been christened the "Playground of the Northwest". Beautiful city!