We arrived in Coeur d’Alene, ID around 2am January 18th and were greeted by John and Miranda Hamilton. Coeur d’Alene, ID is the second largest city in Idaho and home to some 30,000 people. The city is located about 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington and known to locals as the “Lake City” or CDA. In recent years, Coeur d’Alene has grown substantially due to an increase in tourism and the development of several resorts in the area which include Silver Mountain, Kellogg, and Schweitzer Mountain Ski resorts.
John Hamilton grew up alongside Dominick in Seward, Alaska and the two have remained close friends. John and his wife Miranda live in Coeur d’Alene along with their rosy-cheeked daughter named Piper. After arriving at the Hamilton’s exhausted, Shatomi elected to get some sleep. Dom stayed up with John and the two friends exchanged bullshit stories of Seward until the early morning. Initially our plan was to wake early January 18th and drive to Boulder, CO however we elected to layover 24 hours in Idaho in order to rest and enjoy the Hamilton’s hospitality and friendship. John and Dom spent the day driving the local area and catching up on old times while Shatomi spent the day recuperating and writing postcards.
The evening of January 18th, we cooked a delicious dinner, cleared out the Jeep, reorganized our gear and enjoyed the bubbly excitement of Piper.
We went to bed that night rested and ready to tackle the next 2400 miles to Alabama. It was a huge relief to be back in the US again. Although the next 2000+ miles were still very much in front of us- we took the warmer temps and dry roads as a good luck.