Like one or two frazzled parents before us, we’ve been known to invite our kids to take a long walk off a short pier.
It usually happens when we’re at the end of a marathon road trip and the children have been fidgeting and fighting in the back, like starving rats dropped into a maze, only not as polite.
So when we visited Coeur d’Alene, Id., and our children asked us if they could take a walk on its floating pier, we knew we’d have to rethink our use of the idiom.
That’s because it’s the longest floating boardwalk in the world, as the placard in front of it said, and as our eight-year-old son read with some satisfaction. It’s also one of several surprises we found on a fall trip to Idaho, an adventure that took us to the Pacific Northwest’s oldest state park and a mysterious but beautiful lake with a French name. [continue]