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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

Meeting Another "Napkin"

~Sunday, August 23, 2020~

Day 70 (Travel Day)

A short travel day today (about an hour) to Farragut State Park (close to Coeur d’Alene). We really enjoyed our stay at the blueberry farm and luckily had the opportunity to say goodbye to Stan. We certainly would recommend his place to anyone though I don’t think he needs referrals. The word is out. Tonight he was expecting about 7 more RVer’s and wasn’t sure where he was going to put them all.

We made it out by 11:30 or so and arrived in Farragut about an hour later. Due to COVID, they had to close their kiosk check-in. So you have to park and check in at the Visitor’s Center, then drive to your site. This place seems like a well oiled machine and immaculate. Can’t wait to check out the area that is located at the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille of Idaho’s Panhandle. Normally, at this time of year, the park has mostly Canadian visitors for an annual boat race, but that has unfortunately been cancelled due to the pandemic. Otherwise, we may not have gotten in. All that was available when Jeff called was a double site (around $55.00/night). Unfortunately, we will have to move over 1 site in a few days, but at least we get more time to stay here. First stop, the dump station. While we were there, an AirStream pulled up next to us when Jeff went over to ask them if there were water hookups, which there were. They asked where we were from, and their response, “No way! So are we! We just retired in August, put our things in storage in Fairfield, and are now renting out our home in the Yacht Club”. Another “napkin”, as we call ourselves. It is amazing we’ve now met 2 people in the last 2 weeks from our hometown. They have an awesome route planned, taking 2 years to do their travels and see what unravels. Hopefully we’ll be in touch through Instagram.

Once we got to our site in the Gilmore Loop, we realized just how big it was, being a double site. We had very little leveling to do and had everything set up in about an hour and half. Since it was so late in the day, we decided to get our shopping done. No Trader Joe’s in the area, so to WalMart we went, and it was a successful one-stop shop.

After we got most everything put away from our shopping spree, we took a walk around the campground, with ours being the smallest loop out of 4, and the nicest. It appears that there are several walking trails down to Lake Pend Oreille which we’ll have to check out. We got back to the campsite to make a dinner of chili dogs and salad where everything tastes better when camping.

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