30 July 2014

Run up the Tubbs Hill

Ran up the Tubbs Hill this morning. The trail had continuous view of the lake. The view from Corbin point was breathtaking. Check out the trail map etched in stone at the base!!

Trail runs are tough. The heart and lungs complain while running uphill. The knees complain while running downhill. However, all of them approved of the numerous breaks I took to take in the beauty and a few pictures!!


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30 July 2014

How do you pronounce that?

Since I was already in a place that I had great difficulty in pronouncing the name (Coeur d’Alene), I figured might as well visit a place that I will have absolute no chance ever of pronouncing. So, I walked to this place – it is actually a quiet beach by the lake – called Hnya'(pqi’nn. I am not kidding you. The name has two apostrophes and one parentheses! Evidently, in the language of the Couer d’Alene tribe (also called the Schitsu’umish tribe), it means “Gathering Place” and is pronounced “hin-yap-keehn-un”.

See the picture on the top. This beach is steeped in history. Many centuries ago, various tribes – at least three more – used to gather exactly at this spot during spring and fall to celebrate with their families and give Thanks. They used to sing, dance, have competitive sports and fish a lot from the river and lake.

Many years later – in the 18th century French fur traders discovered the tribes here. That explains the French name of this place. Evidently the tribes were very tough negotiators. I understand in French that is what the name refers to.

Towards the second half of the 19th century, General Sherman (remember the quote of his and his picture that I had talked about last week that I found walking between Terminal B and C at the Atlanta airport?) had a fort built right behind the beach and called it Fort Coeur d’Alene. That was later renamed after him.

And today, that fort has been reconstructed and built out to be the North Idaho College. See the pictures on the bottom half.

That was an amazing history lesson. I went down to the quiet beach for a few minutes and tried to imagine what that beach must have witnessed over the centuries. Then I slowly strolled back to my hotel.


29 July 2014

This is the “Sheboygan” of the West

Remember Sheboygan Falls on Sheboygan river in Sheboygan city in Sheboygan county? Well, today I arrived, after multiple flights and car rides to a really really beautiful resort called Couer d’Alene in a really cute city called Couer d’Alene by an exquisite lake among the mountains called, of course, Lake Couer d’Alene among a forest park called – no points for guessing – Couer d’Alene.
One big difference. Unlike “Sheboygan”, I have not figured out how to pronounce this name πŸ™‚ For the curious, this is in Idaho on the border of Washington.