I’m back and ready to tell of my travels. This will be done in two parts, because there is simply too much to tell in just one post. Tomorrow I will put together a post of my trip to Laughing Dog Brewery, but today I’m just going to let you all know where I was and what I did on my summer vacation.
Well, as you can tell from the picture the capstone of our trip was a day at Silverwood Theme Park. Strangely enough it is the only theme park in the Pacific Northwest. Weird that it is in Northern Idaho instead of Seattle or Portland, but I suppose it is just too rainy in those places. Well it looked by a quick scan of the parking lot that half of Washington and Oregon made the trek to the theme park the day we were there.
But there is so much more to tell about that happened before we finished up with roller coasters and log flumes. We began our vacation by getting up at 2:30 am (yeah that’s in the morning) to make the 9 hour drive to Spokane and Gonzaga University where my son and his friend had a 4 day basketball camp. Check in was at 11:00 am so we got there at about 10:30 am local time (Thank God for a one hour time change).
Got the two older boys checked in and in their dorm rooms. Yes we dropped them off in an 80 degree dorm room with no air conditioning and then made our way to the hotel in Coeur d’Alene where we stayed for the next 5 days…
That night we went out to a pizza place and I got my first local brew. Wallace Brewing’s Dirty Blonde Pale Ale was on tap and I partook. It was a lighter brew, with good flavor. Little did I know that it was only 3.4% ABV. Pretty good for a very sessionalble pale ale. It is from a new Brewery located in Historic Wallace, Idaho. This is a town right out of the 1890s. Nothing much changes in Wallace, and that is ok, it is fine the way it is, and makes for an interesting stop. Unfortunately the day we were in town the Wallace Brewery was closed, Sunday and all, but no matter it was interesting nonetheless. A quick look at their web site and they are another all session beer brewery. Their highest ABV brew is their RockHead Pilsner at 4.4%. I’m hoping to see more from these guys since I didn’t get the chance to sample their entire lineup.
The next day was filled with tourist activity. We rode the world’s longest gondola in Kellogg, Idaho, and took a tour of a gold mine too. Then to the hotel for swimming, etc.
This part of Idaho is full of lakes so the next day we went and visited a couple. Just outside Sandpoint, Idaho we made a special stop at the Laughning Dog Brewery where I had some of their freshly tapped Cream Ale. I also sampled their freshly brewed summer seasonal Huckleberry Cream Ale. That too was a very good beer, one my Brother would love since he likes the fruit beers! It was like drinking a huckleberry pie but was better because it was beer! More on this tomorrow.
We picked up the boys from their camp on Sunday after another trip to Wallace. We then did Silverwood. This is a nice little theme park. Only about 40 acres, but they pack a lot into it including a full water park and theme park with 6 roller coasters and a ton of fun. Their newest is Aftershock!
I can’t believe it, but my 11 year old went on this thing! He is far more daring than I. I couldn’t stomach it or any other rollercoaster, unless you count the raft ride we all went on. He did them all. Way to go Sammy!
Well that was it. We had a great time and a lot of fun. So now I’m back and I promise to keep up with my posts. That is until my next vacation!