The Lure of Mountain Life

I was personally blessed to come to North Idaho as a ten year-old boy. I grew up in Sandpoint where I could ride my old fat-tire bike two miles out North Boyer when it was still a dirt road to fish for the abundant wild trout that still frequent Sand Creek, the stream that flows out of the Schweitzer Mountain Resort drainage.

The lure of mountain life is easily satisfied by many people who visit North Idaho. Photo and story by Dwayne Parsons

The lure of mountain life is easily satisfied by many people who visit North Idaho. Photo and story by Dwayne Parsons

Mountain Life in North Idaho

The lure of this lifestyle is strong for just about anyone who has experienced a bright blue sky on a warm summer’s day in this healthy environment. Not too hot and not too cold. Even the rainy days have something fun for those who get out into the weather with a smile and something to do.

North Idaho is rich in outdoor recreation. Of that there is ample proof. The advancements in outdoor recreational vehicles, camping gear and clothing have made the experience even richer and of course cell phones and GoPro video cameras have brought the wealth of it to the attention of the world because just about everyone is a reporter and expert photographer in showing their experience.

But you’ll never really know until you do it

That’s my challenge to those who know about these things only from afar. It’s one thing to read a story or see photos; it’s quite another thing to be in the photos and live the story.

There's pleasure to be found in every season. Here a dedicated ice fisherman finds solitude in Pend Oreille Lake sunset.

There’s pleasure to be found in every season. Here a dedicated ice fisherman finds solitude in Pend Oreille Lake sunset.

Something for every body

The fact is, it doesn’t matter if your are male or female, tough or fragile, young or old: we have something for the whole spectrum of human needs, wants and desires: and all of it wholesome, good for the soul and likely to be fulfilling if done correctly.

Unless you come and see, I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it!