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Wild West road trip Day8 another ghosttown and a Catholic Powwow
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The eighth day of our trip was more of a transition day with no major events planned. Therefore, we had to find ways to keep the day from feeling like we were just driving with no purpose.
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I found purpose in this exit sign, I couldn't remember ever having seen an exit 0 before.
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Right after my exit 0, we entered Idaho and Ilaria wanted to see
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another ghosttown.

This was our first road trip with a laptop, so every night we (by we I mean Ilaria) would find things on our route the next day. This ghosttown was one of the things Ilaria found.
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The town of Burke was built around a lead and silver mines in 1884.
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Like the first ghosttown of our trip,
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we were surprised to find people still living
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in the town.
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They even had stores who clearly had been built after the town became ghosted, but the stores seemed to have suffered the same ghosting fate of the original town.
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But besides the closed mine
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and the old abandoned houses
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there was the occasional inhabited little house (often with nice cars in front).

America is one diverse country.
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After our ghosttown, we visited Wallace, ID -- an old town that avoided becoming a ghosttown.
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After a quick walk around, we headed off to a festival that Ilaria had read about in one of our tourist books.
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It was an American Indian Catholic religious festival in a nearby park.

Not wanting to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Ilaria and I
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headed to the most culturally interesting part of our trip.

Yep that is a couple of American Indian dudes in full ceremonial garb and the alter doing their thing
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and here are the priests!
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The hymns and things were all in some Indian language, which sadly only the older American Indians in the congregation still seemed to be able to speak/sing.
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Even the priests were snapping up photos during the service.
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You just don't see
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this everyday!
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After the interesting
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American Indian Catholic experience, we headed to
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Coeur d'Alene Lake, which seemed to be a popular tourist destination to the locals,
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but it left Ilaria and I a little disappointed. We ate a quick lunch
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and headed
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to the Idaho
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of wheat
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that we
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knew so well.
We made a quick stop to take a panarama of Clarkston and Lewiston the only decent-sized towns of the day
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Our best landscapes of the day came as we drove through Riggins
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on the Salmon River before stopping in
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New Meadows, ID for the nite.