June 2, 2011

Oh, what a beautiful day!

Memorial Day was a beautiful, sunny, warm day.  A rare treat these days when all we've had for weeks is rain, rain, and more rain!
But that just makes the sunny days all the more special, now doesn't it?
With the weather behaving so nicely, it seemed a shame to stay indoors, so Alex and I decided to go for a hike at Farragut State Park.  It's just around the corner from our house, and we go there quite often during the summer.   (Note: city corners and country corners are as different as night and day;)
Michelle came along, too - what fun!=)
There are so many shady, secluded paths.
A wild strawberry blossom...
During WWII, Farragut was the 2nd largest Naval training base in the world.  It was established as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
I know what you're thinking - a Naval training base...in Idaho?!
Well, who'd have thunk to look here? ;)
Although the base is now a state park, Lake Pend Oreille is still used by the Navy's Acoustic Research Detachment for testing large-scale submarine prototypes.  The lake is the 5th deepest lake in the US, being 1,150 ft. deep in some areas.  
Cool, huh?
There are still remnants of the base scattered about the park, like the stone chimney Alex is standing next to...
"Hey, look!  I found a quarter!"  (name that line;)
On the beach...
Happy Trails, y'all!

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