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Our original plan of departure from Missoula was over Lolo Pass and down to the area of Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA. This was L&C country that we wanted to experience. After driving the Pass without the trailer, however, we opted for an easier route. Coeur D’Alene and Spokane are adjacent to each other, so we decided to visit Coeur D’Alene on the way west and Spokane on the way east. Then we would drop down to L&C territory on the other side of the Pass.
The only thing we did while in Coeur D’Alene was to take a scenic drive part way around the lake. It was a lovely drive; at the same time it was full of twists, turns, ups and downs. We saw one house under construction at the bottom of its 15% grade driveway. The contractors were creating a back wall that in some places literally keyed into the slope. We suddenly came upon a collection of masts at a marina; we were two to three times their height above them!
The campground we picked was a swamp with nothing but a hefty fee. It was directly adjacent to the highway, no Wi-Fi and no cable, and we were blocked from satellite by a tree. We had no need to shop after Missoula, and we did no other sightseeing. Happy to move on!