Coeur d'Alene

Opposite Day

Opposite Day

…this city is changing, and there’s a lot to learn. Today will be about deliberately opposing my prevailing impressions of Coeur d’Alene as an ignorant youth. It’s opposite day.

Welcome Winter, Welcome Eagles

Welcome Winter, Welcome Eagles

They start to arrive in November when the cold turns dry and sharp. The return of the bald eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene is a much-anticipated part of winter’s arrival...

Keeping it Fun

Keeping it Fun

COMMENTS: On October 7, 1991, Capone's Pub & Grill opened its doors in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Today marks twenty five years. Anyone who owns a business of any kind can tip their cap and raise a glass to that.

Locals Helping Locals

Locals Helping Locals

COMMENTS: I almost expect someone to start giving me a massage, but not in a weird way. I'm just that relaxed. It's a September day and I've made my way to Gaiwan Tea House in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. 

Like a Local

Like a Local

Summer in downtown Coeur d'Alene can be experienced from a slightly uncommon angle, if you seek out a few spots treasured by locals. 

Centennial Cycling

Centennial Cycling

COMMENTS: Cycling season has returned to the inland northwest, so last weekend I dusted off the saddle and headed east on the Centennial Trail. A scenic link between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene...

Last Call for Summer

COMMENTS: I hike swiftly across the flat terrain and enjoy the clammy feeling of sweat pressed against my skin by my light pack. It is quiet except for the intermittent whirl of a pontoon engine and the occasional voices... 

Good Vibe Tribe

COMMENTS: I've found my people. The no-frills crowd that looks ready to fill a Nalgene Grunt ($10), go directly to the trailhead, and not emerge from the woods until they have to work again on Monday.