With a busy but exciting week behind us, we left Banff with intentions of spending one more night in Canada before heading back into the States. Once we got on the road, however, we decided to go ahead and cross the border, find a place to stay in Idaho, and spend a day doing laundry and cleaning the very messy trailer before the work week starts again and before we depart for Glacier National Park. With the dogs being in Bonners Ferry, we limited our options to that city, which Hong called Monastery several times before realizing it‘s actual name. He even bought a Bonners Ferry sweatshirt while not realizing what it meant. It all made sense once we explained it to him.
As there appeared to be no public campground option, we had three RV parks to choose from in the area. The first one we passed looked very unpleasant with more permanent residents than travelers. The next park, however, looked promising. We pulled into the Blue Lake RV Resort with low expectations but left with very high opinions of the park. Under new ownership, the park is undergoing many changes but it offered a nice site, clean laundry and bathroom facilities, free wireless internet, and lovely lake stocked full of fish.
We ended up staying at the park longer than we planned because it was just so pleasant. I kicked out Hong and Chris, sending them down to the lake to fish, and enjoyed a day of cleaning and laundry. No, really…I did enjoy it. It was a very therapeutic day for me with no men bothering me. A clean trailer makes for a happy trailer wife. Unfortunately, the cleanliness did not last long.
That night, Hong graciously offered to cook dinner for us. I appreciated not having to cook but I sat in silence, firmly gripping my kitchen table, as I watched my clean environment turn dirty and my gray water status light turn red. It was a difficult moment for the happy trailer wife. Learning to conserve water and how to cook in an organized manner in the small space took me awhile to learn and I was expecting Hong to learn it immediately. I tried to stay calm but I’m afraid my face did not hide my sadness as I watched my day’s hard work disappear quickly. That was a tough night for me.
Our remaining days were somewhat uneventful but peaceful…a nice change from our previous Idaho experience. Chris enjoyed fishing after a long day of work. I enjoyed the convenience of town, the deck overlooking the lake, and the free internet. And, Hong enjoyed doing his hours of stretching down by the lake as well as observing the girls that were lounging on floats in the water.
On our final night, having no space left in the gray water tank, we went out for dinner at a local diner. While we like to occasionally eat at the local restaurants, we haven’t had the best luck picking the good ones. So, having low expectations, we went into JJs Restaurant located very close to the RV park. What a fantastic surprise! It had the largest menu I’ve ever seen and even better, it had affordable prices and excellent food. Our waitress was patient as Hong and Chris took forever to read the menus,asked hundreds of questions, and had difficulty ordering. At one point, she even offered me my own table so that I might be able to enjoy my meal. I politely declined but secretly seriously considered the offer. After appetizers, salads, and our dinner, we followed up with homemade apple pie and, of course, huckleberry pie because apparently no trip to the northwest is complete without some food containing huckleberry. Delicious! We felt very at home in Monastery, er…I mean Bonners Ferry.