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The Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes below (west) of the state park at Cataldo Idaho to the hamlet of Harrison on Lake Coeur d' Alene, a 54 mile long section is the ideal place to combine birding and wildlife viewing with some bicycling. So on my way back from a week of coal protests in Helena Montana  (see Big Photo (& video) Diary of last week's Coal Export Action in Helena Montana) I stopped off for some relaxing bike riding.

A Larch next to the Coeur d' Alene River.

The Coeur d' Alene River with Swan Lake in the backround

I didn't see any Swans but I saw Blue Herons, Loons, Osprey, Kingfishers, Canada Geese, lots of Ducks and this Coot

Often there were wetlands or a river on either side of the trail.

I didn't see any of the Muskrat, Beaver, or River Otters (ranging up to 60 pounds) that live in this nearly pristine environment.

But I did see something a little bigger. A mother Moose grazing with her calf by her side. Not an uncommon sight along this trail according to the locals.  

Just lOOk

This would be a spectacular place to bicycle during the Fall migration. Maybe I'll come back then.  

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 09:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by Velocipede Vanguard and DKos Travel Board.

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