Peaceful North Idaho

It’s now mid-April. Spring is well underway in North Idaho. Sitting by an evening fireplace, warming myself I think about the coming year and how wonderful it truly is to live in Idaho’s Panhandle. Photographs help me do that of course and this one brings back a morning drive up to the Sundance Estate at Priest Lake, just outside of the little lake town of Coolin, Idaho.

An early morning fog dissipates beneath a clear-sky sun above the Selkirk Mountain Range in North Idaho. The valley is that of Priest River, flowing south out of beautiful Priest Lake. Photo and story by Dwayne Parsons

An early morning fog dissipates beneath a clear-sky sun above the Selkirk Mountain Range in North Idaho. The valley is that of Priest River, flowing south out of beautiful Priest Lake. Photo and story by Dwayne Parsons

Where I find Peace and Quiet

I was blessed, I’ve always felt, to have grown up in North Idaho. Scenes like this bring back peaceful mornings when as a boy of 10 and 11, I rode my bicycle one handed out North Boyer to Sand Creek carrying a short fiber-glass fishing rod equipped with a Zebco close-faced reel to fish alone and eagerly for small mountain brook trout and the sometimes larger cutthroat trout that lived in that vital clear water.

Sand Creek flows down out of the south end of what is now Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort. Back then, what is now a famous, sought after ski resort, was a little known secret to a few venturous skiers like Ross Hall of photography fame, who helped found what later became the first venture called Schweitzer Basin.

That water was crystal clear and, on mornings like the one in this photograph, flowed briskly over the late June freestone rocks from one pool to the next and underneath fallen trees and through small log jams where trout of good size could be enticed from the shadows with a worm-baited hook and sinker.

Those were formative years. I whistled tunes of my own invention and learned to read the stream for where trout hold and where they feed. I learned to give thanks to God for the gift of life and the beautiful creatures of His Creation and this place where I could grow up, and from which I would find my way eventually.

Little did I know that I would return here in the latter part of my life.

Has it changed? Oh yes, in some ways substantially. There are a lot more people, fewer places to go without trespassing. But still, it is safe to be here, relatively. This is a peaceful part of the world still. There are lots of things to do, all through the year especially for those who like to be outside.

If you like the outdoors. North Idaho is certainly a wonderful place to live, a fine place to explore.

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