Day 14: No Stats
Today was another first for me! I got to visit a saw mill…yes that’s right I got to see where lumber is made! HOW COOL IS THAT!! Courtesy of my dad’s friend, Curt who works for Idaho Forest Group, we spent a good 90 minutes touring the saw mill.
I can honestly say that never in a million years would I imagine that I would have the opportunity to visit one. It was fascinating watching a large piece of timber some, 40 feet long, turn into 2 by 6s and 2 by 8s. For an entire factory, TWO GUYS (shocking right) run the entire plant. There are more running the packaging side of things but to actually turn the timber logs into lumber for stores is done by two guys. It doesn’t help that the there was some of the highest technology I’ve seen running this plant. I can’t even tell you the numbers that this place turns out because it was just so astonishing. But I can tell you that he was throwing down numbers in the millions; millions of dollars, millions of feet, well you get the picture.
After the mill tour (thanks Curt), dad and I headed up to Sand Point which is about 45 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene. No reason for the journey, but he’s been there before and thought it would be a good place to check out and eat lunch. It was a quaint town right on the Pend Orielle (pronounced Pon-der-ray) Lake. We spent a few hours wandering before heading back into Coeur d’Alene.
An unexpected thing happened today. We found out old friends of ours (my sister and I went to school with their children), who just bought a house on Lake Coeur d’Alene, were actually in town. We went over to their beautiful new cabin to say hi and to check out their place. The view was quite spectacular and so was their cabin! It was so nice to catch up with them, as the mom was actually one of my girl scout leaders, who I haven’t seen since high school.
All in all, today was a great relaxing day to end our 2-week Daddy Daughter Cycle Ride! Where should my next adventure be? (preferably not on a harley…my @$$ needs a break)
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