It is the perfect fall day in northern Idaho, blue skies, crisp air and lot of sunshine. We stopped in at TMI for sightseeing suggestions and they chartered a boat for the whole family to cruise Lake Coeur d’Alene. We left from Independence Point on a Fall Foliage/Wildlife tour up to the St. Joe River on a private boat complete with our own captain/guide. We cruised by the impressive nests of osprey perched on tugboat pilings studding the lake everywhere. There were eagles soaring above us, swooping down to investigate ripples in the water left by surfacing fish. Deer were drinking at the water’s edge in untouched meadows and there were ducks and geese everywhere. The kids could look through the crystal clear water and see fish swimming nearby. The foliage all around the lake and the river was bursting in gold, crimson, and green and was even more beautiful as it reflected in the water. We enjoyed a gourmet lunch served in the warm, cozy cabin before getting ready for our return to Coeur d’Alene.