Welcome to North Idaho
To live in a place other people dream of visiting is incredible. Through the lens of my camera OnLocation North Idaho will bring you a slice of life as we know it in the Idaho panhandle. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In the St. Regis Basin in Idaho's Panhandle National Forest there's still plenty of snow to tunnel through and play in. Amy Bartoo and her family enjoyed a recent winter wonderland of a weekend camping trip. If you still want to play in the North Idaho snow, access the trail system at Lookout Pass. From I-90 at the Idaho/Montana border take the Lookout Pass exit (0) and park in the Lookout Pass Ski Area lower south parking lot.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 9:11 AM
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I was OnLocation for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Post Falls Dam this week. If you want proof that spring is on the way, eight of nine gates are wide open, flowing 10,000 cubic feet per second. This is a bird's eye view from above the falls on the spillway catwalk as the Spokane River begins its travels over the dam.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 11:20 AM
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In my print column in the Coeur d'Alene Press there's more about these two very special North Idaho residents, Vernon Baker and Tom Norris. Coeur d'Alene was the birth place of perhaps one of the most famous Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. But to have two of fewer than 100 surviving Medal of Honor recipients from WWII and Vietnam living in North Idaho is quite an honor for us all.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 8:18 AM
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
A butterfly flutters through the foliage near Kidd Island Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. North Idahoans become cautiously optomistic on the first day of Spring since Mother Nature is known to throw a few curve balls in late March and early April.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 7:48 AM
Thursday, March 19, 2009
OnLocation at Silverwood for the North Idaho Tourism Summit provided a rare glimpse of the theme park in late winter stillness, including the carousel where children are at play in the summer months. A few miles down the road the real-life counterparts of the merry-go-round horses enjoy an over the fence "conversation" in their corral.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 6:07 AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
On Saturday I was OnLocation at Coeur d'Alene's St. Patrick's Day Parade, transporting the Irishman of the Year, Steve Saunders down Sherman Avenue. Steve's boys, Shay and Chase came along for the ride. Among the spectators was a familiar fellow ... he looked like a leprechaun but was a little taller than the norm.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 10:04 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
A few days ago, single digit temperatures combined with blue skies and sunshine, created works of art like these icicles on the raingutter of our Post Falls home. By the beginning of the week the weatherman predicts highs could reach 50 degrees. But one thing I've learned about winter from decades of living in North Idaho ... it ain't over 'til it's over and Mother Nature generally has a few more chilly surprises before we tear the March page off of the calendar.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 9:53 AM
Thursday, March 12, 2009
As the sun sets a cow elk and yearling head into the trees to join the rest of their herd, just off of Burlington Road at the north end of the Rathdrum Prairie. The herd numbers around two dozen and winters between Chase Road and Greensferry each year. In another month or so they'll make their way back up to Rathdrum Mountain for the summer.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 2:53 AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
North Idaho has already marked record-breaking amounts of snow this winter and now the past two days are record cold temperatures for March. In Post Falls this morning the sun shining on my frosty backyard thermometer brought the temperature up to double digits by 9 a.m.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 9:14 AM
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The old saying, "if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it'll change" rang true as North Idaho awoke to sunshine and blue skies ... yesterday's storm a distant memory. This view from the Coeur d'Alene Resort looks towards Cougar Bay on the north shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 9:56 AM
Monday, March 9, 2009
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
There are some outdoor recreational activities here in North Idaho that I don't go OnLocation to ... snow camping is one of them. But there's no shortage of adventuresome Idahoans willing to rough it, like the Boy Scouts of Troop 202 in Coeur d'Alene. Scoutmaster Mike Ortman took these photos of last weekend's snow camp outing at Lookout Pass about 2 miles down the trail into the St. Regis Basin. The summit elevation of Lookout Pass Recreation Area, at the Idaho/Montana state line, is 5,650 feet. Right off of I-90, Lookout Pass is one of the few places you can ski in two states on one mountain.The happy snow camper is David Townsend.
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 3:34 PM