|A rest stop on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes near Kellogg, Idaho.|
Hawley’s Landing Campground in Heyburn State Park is our base camp for two days of trail riding adventure. Tim and I awaken before the other campers on this sparkling July morning. The rail trail beckons; we depart from the campground on our Schwinn tandem bicycle, ready to access the trail at the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
|Trail on the railroad bridge |
spanning Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Another few minutes and we’re on the trail which immediately crosses an old railroad bridge spanning the lake. In the marshes on either side of the bridge are platforms topped with osprey nests. We stop and enjoy watching the adults and chicks in the nests. One large nest is perched on the truss above our heads and the adult osprey in residence wastes no time letting us know she’s unhappy with our presence. She issues a verbal scolding and we decide to continue on and leave mama osprey in peace.
|Osprey nest on bridge abutment.|
This portion of the trail hugs the shoreline of the lake for 8 miles, then follows the Coeur d’Alene River through inland marshes and lakes. We make our first stop in a pleasant rest area along the river. We gulp from our water bottles as warblers sing out from the trees. Leaving the rest stop we pass a field filled with grazing cows, then ride to a marsh and stop to bird watch. The marsh is full of life today. Western Grebes are nesting and Common Snipes are feeding. A turtle suns itself on a log while a bullfrog croaks among the lily pads. It’s a superb spot for wildlife viewing.
|The trail of the Coeur d'Alenes provides stunning scenery.|
|Enjoying an evening by the campfire in Heyburn State Park.|
For more information on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes travel to these sites:
Check out the town of Harrison on this website: http://www.harrisonidaho.org/