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Shake Down Trip – 4th & 5th nights

Things were going so well when we were at Liberty Lake that we decided to extend our trip and go to Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond-o-ray). It’s the 38th largest lake in the US and the 5th deepest.  Interesting factoid – it was used in WWII to conduct submarine training and is still used to conduct  US Navy acoustic underwater submarine research due to its depth.

So … it’s on the web we go to find an RV park that would accept three dogs and we discovered Island View Resort.   The pics looked nice and when I called to reserve they were very accommodating.

Once we got there though, it was disappointing.  A more appropriate name would have been Island Barely View. The park was clean however, the only island view was from the owner’s home (which blocked the view from the campground) and most of the RVs appeared to be full time tenants.  There were built on porches and framed structures covering some of RVs.  It was a pleasant stay but wasn’t what we thought it would be.

We didn’t have any problems and were able to test out our ideas using our Midwest Homes Exercise Pen.  They are very reasonably priced.  We bought three – one that was 48″ tall with a gate; one that was 48″ tall without a gate and one 24″ tall.  The beauty of these exercise pens is that they are easy to put up and take down and can be connected together to make a fairly good sized pen.  So, that’s what we did, we hooked all three of them together and we put the shorter side (24″) against the side of the Motorhome so that the dogs couldn’t crawl under the MH to escape.

The Pack
Kylie, the little black labradoodle. Quigley, the larger, cream colored labradoodle. And, Kosmo, the small poodle.

We also took a quick trip into Sandpoint, Idaho to do some sightseeing. It’s a beautiful little town with a lot of activities to interest just about everyone all seasons of the year.  We ended up exploring the downtown area and visiting the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market.  It’s a cute little market close to the downtown area, it has a carousel and nice shops to explore.  Well worth the trip and a nice afternoon in town,

Next time we come back, we’re going to stay at a little resort called Beyond Hope Resort.  It is also on Lake Pend Oreille.  And who doesn’t like the name “beyond hope”, a little play on words because the resort is located just beyond the little town of Hope, ID.  The resort is also very close to Sandpoint and features a marina, a highly regarded restaurant and even “Sunday Music on the Lawn”.  Check it out, it’s a nice RV park and it even has an island view from most of the camp sites.

So no major mishaps for the rest of the camping trip until we got our flat tire on the way home and you can read about that in my earlier blog post Thar she blows!!! (Lesson learned)