We arrived a bit late to find a place
in town. Because of the many construction workers that had already
arrived we were lucky to find a nicely furnished home 8 miles
north of Sandpoint. Our driveway was a half mile long dirt road
that started at tiny Colburn (then population of 78), crossed
the main railway line past the marshes and duck ponds before
climbing up into the forest.
The house was quite nice considering
that it was located at the base of the Selkirk Mountains, a front
range of the Rocky Mountains with 6000-7000 feet elevations.
The woods were full of every imaginable North American animal,
grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, Canada lynx, wolverines
and the Selkirk Mountains woodland elk, to name a few. Plus there
many mule deer and game birds like partridge and grouse. Today
that house we lived in is probably in the Idaho Panhandle National
Forest. But in those days it was simply where we played and explored
- just our front and backyard. Despite a very difficult winter,
we had a lot of fun and more "true-life adventures"
than on Disney's Wonderful World of Color!
Click on the Living
in Sandpoint link for more pictures and stories