Archive for June 20th, 2014

A little slice of Americana WA/ID…warning no motorcycles in this post, just beautiful country!!

I took a trip with my mom and best friend to a family wedding in Idaho. We took our time and stayed in a beautifully scenic place in Washington, called Dayton. It’s an old historic town with one of the oldest original standing train depots. We had a blast in this place and could have spend a lot more time there.

We were housed overnight in a lovely old hotel called the Weinhard Hotel. It’s a beautifully kept and restored in regal antique fashion. Every room is laden with history in the furnishings. It’s not a large place, but very well priced including a small but lovely continental breakfast. Also of note, are the amazing sheets. I don’t think I have ever slept on anything so soft!

Here’s Dayton, WA
Our room with Karetta, my pal reflected in the mirror.

The colorful halls in the hotel.

A love outdoor roof top garden at the Weinhard. Sadly there was intermittent rain, but it was lovely just the same.

The town is famous for wine bars, but we decided we wanted a “real” drink. So, Karetta who is both cute and forceful went into the Eagles Lodge to see if they accepted guests. We were cordially invited to hang out there and had a GREAT time! We ate dinner there too!

The train depot

My mom, Karetta and a very nice tribute to the train conductor.

One of the many gorgeous houses in Dayton, WA

Wind generators

Amazing sky on the day we left Dayton bound for Coeur d’Alene.

It was Memorial Day weekend so the cemeteries were displaying their patriotic colors!

Being a motorcyclist, I found the roads that looked like the most fun for a motorcycle and driving my mom’s Honda CVR was nearly as much fun. Nearly…
In the town of Colfax we saw this beautiful car in the Dodge showroom. It was like a trip back in time.

My friend Karetta, will never tell!!

This is when you know you are on vacation…

My brother lives in Spokane and he met us along with his youngest son, for breakfast at his hometown airport, the day of the wedding.

The old airport

Airport clock

The airport welcome Captain. 😉

The reason we were in Coeur d’Alene…
What an amazing setting for a wedding!

My beautiful cousins, bride Michon and sister Carrie!!

This was truly one of the most elegant weddings I have ever attended!

One of my favorite shots with the bride and maid of honor through the wine glasses. A fortuitous moment, for sure!

We stayed at the overpriced Coeur d’Alane Resort. I don’t recommend it for any reason, other than the gorgeous area views if you are lucky enough to get a view room. Our however had a great view of the roof. This was a room that goes for $279 a night. Ridiculous and frustrating. But it didn’t dampen the spirit of the wedding.

Our trip home was a straight though shot, but not without a couple of nice scenic sidelines.
Sprague is an awesome little historic town right off the freeway, with great hamburgers!! Sorry no food porn!

Parked in front of the diner…wow!! My mom is always so quick even the camera can’t catch her! 😉

The town of Sprague

More trucks…

Look at this beauty!

On Memorial Day, the town was pretty quiet.

But there were still trains running through the middle of town.

Love these old signs…

The next few days were spend hanging with my mom Karetta and my sister in Portland, OR. I also got to see my grandsons, which is always fun. This was a very nice trip though not on a motorcycle, we still took roads less traveled and experienced doses of the “real” America. 😉