It's the strangest thing to be sitting eating dinner, and watch a flower pot float by the window. I met my friend Brenda this afternoon at the Dockside restaurant, and as we were eating, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. It was a flower pot! As I looked closer, I could see there was a dock underneath it, and more flower pots floating along Lake Coeur d'Alene. The water is high, very high and it's very dirty! We aren't used to seeing brownish green water out here, unless it's in a mud puddle, but the lake is that color right now. One parking lot is now fit for boat parking, many docks are closed because you would have to swim to them to get on them, the life guard stations are surrounded by water, the Cedars Floating Restaurant is closed because it's floating a little too much right now, and the Spokane River is out of it's banks. I can't imagine what it's like in the Cataldo/Silver Valley/St. Maries areas. My mom and dad drove to the Clark Fork area today and said that Pack River is very close to the road, and there is a lot of flooding along Pend Oreille Lake, as well. To add to the already flooded area around here, we had a lot of rain today so I am sure that tomorrow's flood waters will only be worse. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera, so I was not able to snap a few pictures of these unusually high waters.
Along with watching the waters rise, and interesting things float by the window, we had a great meal and great conversation. We were there so long, our waitress said she was going to charge us a fee for using the booth. Of course, she was kidding. She kept us filled up with iced tea as our conversation went on for over three hours. It's great to be able to spend time catching up with my dear friend. I treasure those times we get together!
There are some great pictures of the flooding at the following links:
Mt. Spokane washout: