Random Travel: July 2008 Archives

What kind of dog is that?!

| | Comments (0)

For whatever reason, Zizou seems to draw attention.  Today in Coeur d'Alene was off the charts however.  At least two dozen groups of people had to be told today "he's a wirehaired pointing griffon".  An equal number of groups were content walking by smiling and saying, "look at that shaggy dog!"

Moose Market on the main drag of Coeur d'Alene earns high marks, however.  We spent a couple hours there drinking beers with Zizou.  They've got a small food menu including gourmet bratwurst and cheeses.

PIC-0027


Worn out by his admiring fans, he finally just went to sleep at my feet.

DSCF0709


Earlier in the day we did a quick 3.5 mile nature trail at Mineral Ridge 10 miles east of Coeur d'Alene—I'm purposefully not calling it a hike.  But it was a nice little stroll with a sweet view of the lake at the peak.

DSCF0702

DSCF0708


After a long nap at the excellent Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn, the three of us found a table at Le Piastre for dinner.  Our neighbors were our same neighbors from our afternoon drinks so we obviously did a good job finding the places the locals go.  And add another half dozen "what kind of dog is that?!" questions to the scoreboard.

4th in Spokane

| | Comments (0)

For whatever reason we decided to spend the 4th in Spokane.

Along I-90, the Roslyn Brewing Company is worth a stop for a drink.  They've got a nice little outdoor area where Zizou was able to roll around in the grass while we boozed.  Very dog-friendly as the bar tender had plenty of biscuits to dispense.

Word is this is the town Northern Exposure was filmed.  (awaiting delivery of a new battery charger for the D-SLR, so my Blackjack took these)

roslyn


Further east in Ellensburg, we stopped at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park after eating an Arby's Roast Beef.  Not a groundbreaking place, but it was perfect for Zizou to stretch his legs and take a dip in the Yakima River.  Important to note that the Yak is moving pretty darn fast—there was a brief moment where we thought Ziz was going to be swept away.

ziz-yakima


In Spokane, the Howard Johnson downtown was our home—thanks to the excellent Best Rate Guarantee program from Wyndham.  An average room with way above average service—we're about to go make our own waffles in the lobby before checking out and heading to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

And Zizou was a complete rockstar at the fireworks last night on the Spokane river front.  Hordes of people and loud noises and he didn't bat an eye.  He was no doubt enjoying all the compliments being thrown his way by passer-by.