It has been said that Priest Lake is “On the way to NOWHERE.” The simple truth is that you go to Priest Lake but not through it.
Seven miles from our current location the pavement literally runs out. At that point, you have a series of gravel roads. Most of which go nowhere in particular. A select few can get you to points in Washington, Montana and BC if your guts and gears can take the endless jostling.
If you are willing to go beyond the end of the road it’s only the beginning in terms of adventure. There are waterfalls and 7000’ summits to reach, 2000 year old cedar forests and the only place in the lower 48 where caribou still roam.
It all sounds really remote and it feels that way. Yet, you don’t feel alone because there are communities all around. Small clusters of cabins, resorts, marinas, one-stop and mom & pop shops filled with people who like being “way up” north.
Our Forest Service volunteer location is the Kalispell Boat Launch.
The lake, mountains and surrounding scenery change with each day. As for foliage and the like, we seem to be about a month behind some of the places we traveled through on our way here. There is some snow still on the ground and spring is just starting to take a peek.
They say that the ramp will remain fairly quiet until sometime in June. So, we’re enjoying daily walks in the woods and around the lake. In only our first few weeks we’ve already seen a couple of new (to us) critters.
before alerting the others nearby of our presence by putting out a series of chirps. Did you know that the chirping is different for avian versus terrestrial predators? We were identified as terrestrial which was super cool to experience.