Right when the sign read, “Welcome to Idaho” the sun broke through the grey that perpetually shrouds Washington.  Destination: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Coeur d’Alene has a golf course if you didn’t know.  It’s ranked No. 75 on Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.  The course is known for it’s floating green on the 14th hole and the plan all along was to paddle around this feature.  Success!  I wonder if I am the first person to ever circle the floating green on a SUP?

Coeur d’Alene is a mix between the ostentatious wealthy travelers and the local hippies who call the town CDA.  The local cool kids were cruising around on long boards and smoking clove cigarettes and discussing music I am not cool enough to have recognized.  Or they were found along the lakebed just hanging out enjoying a perfect summer sunset.  I paddled up to two who are both originally from Southern California who now call CDA home.  So I asked, in order to say you’re from CDA, how long do you have to live in CDA before the claim is valid.  One chimed, “That’s easy man.  You are not a true Idahoan unless you survive a winter here.  See that big building over there?  Oprah owns the top floor.  She will never survive a winter here.  Love her.  But she’s not an Idahoan even if she owns this place.  See, we are now backwoods’ girls.  We survived the winters of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013."



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