CA-OR-WA-ID-NV by Felix Wong | 14 Jun 2003Pics from my road trip up to northern Idaho for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, driving through California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. [Near Redding, CA] On the road on I-5.[Near Mt. Shasta City, CA] The scenery became splendid after Redding, with awesome views of Mt. Shasta rising out of nowhere.[Eugene, OR] In Eugene, I stopped by the famed Hayward Field, the track where lengendary Steve Prefontaine starred at the University of Oregon.[Eugene, OR] Some buldings of the U. of Oregon. Eugene seemed like a very pleasant town![East of Portland, OR] Along the Old Highway next to Interstate 84 were numerous state parks and hiking trails, including the Angel's Rest Trail.[East of Portland, OR] The drive along I-84 by the Columbia Gorge River was gorgeous![East of Portland, OR] Lovers admiring the view of what I believe is Wahkeena Falls.[Near Kinnewick, WA] Northeastern Oregon and southeastern WA seemed less impressive, with dry lands and almost nothing out there. Superficially, the booming town of Kinnewick seemed like a pretty sad place.[Coeur d'Alene, Idaho] At last, almost 1100 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area, I make it to my destination. This is the crystal-clear Lake Coeur d'Alene, viewed from the beach at the Coeur d'Alene resort.[Coeur d'Alene, Idaho] Beautiful views of the lake from Lakeshore Drive.[Coeur d'Alene, Idaho] Another view.[Coeur d'Alene, Idaho] Private property... but what a great spot to view the lake![Coeur d'Alene, Idaho] The homes near the lake were very nice and way more affordable than equivalent property in the SF Bay Area![Coeur d'Alene, Idaho] On Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, there was a wide recreational trail that would be nice for leisurely evening strolls by the lake. Indeed, this is part of the run and bike course of the Ironman![North of Moscow, Idaho] Highway 95 through Idaho was a great drive... and all of the western part of Idaho seemed lush and green with rolling hills. Was very impressed by western Idaho![Along I-80, near Nevada] In contrast, the entire midsection of Nevada seems full of nothing except for desert land. Oh, and billboards for casinos.