We did it!
We had several reasons to be excited as we crossed the U.S border into Idaho, although the weather gods weren’t as enthusiastic. We hunkered down overnight at a small RV park 4 miles from the border until the heavy rain passed. The following day we ventured on to our next destination at Coeur d’Alene, where we took a break to do some chores and re-stock the cupboards.
First we shook the grit and grime we had carried from Canada off Betsy, giving her a good wash. We also had to replace the rice that had been confiscated at the border, as we were informed since it was no longer in its original packaging they could not determine if it had come from a prohibited country. I guess we should have known that after 25 border crossings!
Finally we were ready to celebrate a milestone. Idaho capped our goal of visiting all of the 49 states, and our USA map is finally covered! Yes, after over four and a half years of running around the country we have accomplished one of our main retirement goals. It was quite a ride, and in doing so we also visited 8 picturesque Canadian Provinces; British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia), plus 1 Canadian Territory, the Yukon. An unexpected bonus was our foray into Sonora, Mexico when we joined a caravan to Puerto Penasco in February.
We’ll post highlights and statistics covering our entire adventure once we arrive back at our starting point in northern California. At that time we’ll consider our RV adventure completed and figure out what to do next. We’ll continue fulltime RV’ing, of course, but probably in a more “traditional” and spontaneous way without the need to visit particular states. We don’t know yet, and that’s the fun of it!
For now we’re elated, excited and happy that our main goal has been reached with no major problems.
Sparkling Coeur d’Alene Lake was the backdrop for another celebration, our 11th wedding anniversary. Living in Betsy’s close quarters 24/7 for the past several years was an accomplishment of its own, and we’re very happy that we’re still the best of friends, with only a few lover’s spats thrown in to make it interesting.
We had a beerlicious anniversary, as the city’s annual Oktoberfest happened to be scheduled for that very day. Along with hundreds of others, we partied and strolled the streets to sample several craft beers. Strangely, no streets were closed for the event, and most of the beers were dispensed from within local shops. It was definitely nothing like the major party that shut down Brekenridge for their celebration last year.
We strolled through town and stumbled onto what is called the “world’s longest floating boardwalk” by folks hereabouts. Completed in 1985, it’s 3,300′ long and 12′ wide. We thought it was pretty cool walking on the lake over the 16,000 cedar logs it took to build the thing.
We were aching for a hike, and just across from our campground (Steve’s review here) was access to the 23-mile long Centennial Trail that extends to the Idaho/Washington border. We walked a section of it and learned the difference between a hobo, a tramp and a bum – the last sentence on this plaque enlightened us:
We also took on the Tubbs Hill and Mineral Ridge trails, recommended by Andy who sent me a message thru RVillage. It was a nice surprise to get recommendations from strangers who know the area through this site.
The last celebration was Steve joining the smartphone crowd after holding off for several years. I just hope he won’t be playing Pokémon Go during our hikes!
Cheers to our milestones celebrations!