By Karen Huwe
The Times 

Around the Valley: with Karen Huwe


August 25, 2022

Karen Huwe

My brother-in-law driving through downed trees.

Traveling is always an adventure. On our recent trip to Idaho, there wasn't time to nap or read. You are never bored traveling through small towns rather than taking the freeway. Out the window, you see beautiful scenery, hardworking farmers, wildlife, and workers out in the August heat constructing wider and better roads to travel on.

We passed fire crews controlling the Riparia fire that spread to the edge of the road near Central Ferry. And passing through small towns like Tensed, Idaho, you wonder how some towns got their name. Googled it; it was a typo that stuck.

Our trip took us to Farragut State Park, located on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. There is a lot of biking and walking trails in this 4000-acre park. Farragut started as a Naval Training Station and became Farragut College before the State Park was developed with accommodations for the International Boy Scout Jamboree in 1967. The park has over 300 campsites, group camps, equestrian campsites, disc golf courses, and the Museum at the Brig. There is a nice swimming and kayak area, but you must drive to the parking area.

While camping at Farragut, we took a day trip to Coeur d'Alene to celebrate sister Janet's retirement by parasailing. It was an overcast day, so we didn't get a clear view of the surrounding area, but it was an easy, peaceful ride at 500 feet over the water. The first-time parasailing was a success.

Leaving Farragut, we traveled south, heading to Kamiah, Idaho, for a family reunion. Nearing our destination, we got caught in a storm. Pouring rain and high winds took down trees and blocked both lanes of travel. As crews worked to make a single-lane path, vehicles were backed up for miles.

Reaching the KOA campground, we saw the destruction that 60-80 miles per hour winds could cause. Cottonwood limbs were scattered throughout the park, with one camp trailer damaged when a power pole fell on it, and a limb put a hole through the slide.  A couple of vehicles suffered dents to the roof.

After the rain and wind subsided, the reunion was a success with a cornhole tournament, a float down the Clearwater River, good food, and wonderful visits with family. The KOA has about 100 campsites, cabins, and a motel. There is an outdoor swimming pool, an arcade, a playground, and a pond with frogs and ducks.


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