Northern Idaho is mostly protected forest, dominated by the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. Camping is available, but discouraged except in designated camping grounds. Bear attacks are common further into the forest. Lake Coeur d’Alene is also a prominent feature, and a popular resort area during the summer.
Coeur d’Alene is a medium sized city (population 30,000) Located in North-Western Idaho. The city is named after the Coeur d’Alene People, a federally recognized tribe of Native Americans who lived along the rivers and lakes of the region, in a territory of 3.5 million acres extending into Washington and Montana. They were first encountered by French fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th century, who referred to them as Cœur d’Alène, meaning “heart of an awl,” reflecting their experience of the tribal traders as tough businessmen, “sharp-hearted” or “shrewd”. The city itself was founded in 1870 by American soldiers expanding westward into Oregon. While the majority of the city is American, there is a sizable minority of both Native American and French heritage.
Rose Lake is a small town just west along I-90 from Couer d’Alene. (population < 5,000). It’s primary feature is the Rose Lake General Store, which is located about a mile outside of town on the interstate. It is typically the last stop for campers heading into the Coeur d’Alene National Forest for camping or hunting.
The General Store has a full restaurant, as well as gas pumps, a full service convenience store, and even an old arcade.
1. Vestibule/Phones – The main entrance. There are two pay phones here, neither of which are working.
2. Lobby – A large, open room featuring an information counter, two wall displays with flyers for local tourist attractions, and a big wall map of Idaho. There is also a register here for the gas pumps, where Ahmed Singh works.
3. Men’s Room – A typical Restroom. This is where John Black‘s body was found, as well as Jonas Riley.
4. Women’s Room – A typical Restroom.
5. Arcade – 6 stand up arcade games can be found here. Ms Pac Man, Galaga, Mortal Kombat 3, Time Crisis 2, Shinobi, and a Neo-Geo system.
6. Convenience Store – A small, cluttered shop loaded with knickknacks, caffeine pills, road maps, and souvenirs. Annie Banks is typically found here, although she can now be found in the donut shop.
7. Storeroom – These are typical stockrooms filled with the supplies needed by the rest stop businesses. All feature large sheet-metal doors leading outside that are currently locked.
8. Donut Shop – A small shop with a counter, stools by the counter, and a couple of small booths. The shop serves coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and other light fare. Most of the people in the rest stop have gathered here.
9. Diner – A generic fast food diner.
10. Kitchen – Kitchen for the diner.
11. Fuel Office – Office houses the shut of valves for the pumps, and various other tools and incidentals.