ID Shooter! Here's a view this evening right off my front deck looking west.
I love cold, crisp winter evenings!
Hope you had a great weekend!
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Very nice, Marshall! I live in a little development at the edge of Rathdrum Prairie. Unless I climb up on the roof to see over the other houses I don't have much of a view, other than Canfield and Rathdrum Mountain. Interesting, I came to Idaho for the wide open spaces and it's the first time in my life I've lived in a housing development. Go figure! ID
you wouldn't be around the Bonner's Ferry area would you? I was down that way about 10 years ago and fished the Moyie (I think that's how to spell it), stayed in the Snyder Guard Station for a week. There were deer everywhere. Fished some of those alpine lakes that I can't remember the name of, maybe Queens and Squire lakes. They were pretty small with some nice cutthroat trout. Sure was a blast.
I saw a couple of black bears whilest I was there, one was a beautiful cinnamon. You guys sure do live in a wonderful part of the country. Seems like when I was there they were re-introducing caribou, how did that ever work out?
There are still some of the introduced caribou but they really struggle. A biologist from the game department told me that the caribou are used to travelling in such big herds that predators simply take the ones along the outskirts, and the caribou don't usually try very hard to get away. As he put it, they don't have a very developed flight mechanism. As a result, depradation is very high among the ones they brought here, and the caribou don't seem to know how to get away from their predators in this environment. I don't know what kind of caribou they transplanted here. It seems that mountain caribou should have done alright. Sounds like he was referring to the kind that migrate across the tundra in big herds! But I know very little about caribou, so I defer to the experts.
Anyway, they consider it a remnant herd now and that is the game department's take on why they haven't done well. Of course there is no hunting them. Still, it's great to have all the different types of animals around! IDShooter
Caribou are wonderful animals. Those ankle clickers are a lot like pronghorn's when it comes to their flight mechanisms. Sometimes their curiosity gets the best of 'em. When I was there, I thought it would be strange to reintroduce them into areas where there were a lot of predators, but figured that Idaho Fish & Game knew more about it than I did. Guess not... Sometimes we can love the animals to death, as it appears is being done there. There's no shortage of 'em up here, hunters and other predators can't keep up with the boom and bust cycles of population and overpopulation. Of course, you get herds in 50,000 animal range and it's pretty hard to keep the populations in check. Nature does a pretty good job of it though, although she's pretty merciless in doing so.
From the looks of things, you must be on the very north edge of the Rathdrum Prarie, perhaps in one of those new housing developments either just south of Rathdrum off Hwy 41 or perhaps off Poleline Road somewhere.
I can't imagine living in town or in a housing development any more after having been blessed with the amount of elbow room I have. I can ride west off of our property for 20+ miles and not cut a road open to public vehicular traffic! Some backyard that I don't have to pay taxes on!
Hey, you saw the sunrise, so you didn't miss the best part of the day. Hope the rest is as good for you!
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I grew up in farm country on the east coast. Not quite as open as the West, but I could still lean out the back door and shoot woodchucks and hunt deer in the back woodlot. And I've also lived in the city, having spent several years in Baltimore trying to eke out a living as a musician. The only money I earned was from working in a music store though! When my son was on the way, we decided to get out of the city.
But I find suburbia has none of the advantages of either country life or city life. Someday, when I get enough principal built up in my house to make it worth selling I'd like to get back out of town. Sorry to take this so off topic!
Well, Marshall and ID, for what it is worth, I think both of you live in a nice area. I've only drove through, but the scenery was really spectacular. Any of those buckwheat and barley fields near you places? I thought that was pretty interesting seeing these huge fields (flatter than a table top), with the forest and mountain backdrops. Really quite a picture. I'm not the most well-traveled individual, but have made a few visits around this great country, and one thing that I have found is that each and every place has it's own charms. Beauty and home are where you look for it and what you make of it. Most places in the west have a wonderful sense of granduer, yet I bet you that Mr. James Gates can show us some truly magnificent places down in Florida and Mr. Bill Lester could show us those hills and hollers in PA that would make us feel at home there, too. I've seen a lot of people come and go up here, it would be too wet, too cold, winters too long, distances too great, too steep, etc... but if you stop and look for minute at devil's club plant, no matter how you may curse it's thorns, there is a certain quiet beauty about this plant. Of course, alder is a different story, but it sure does make for good smoke to smoke up your salmon catch. It is what it is.
You are looking at things the right way! And despite how much I might gripe about living in the burbs, at least the burbs I live in are close to some wonderful country. Truth to tell, I'd rather see the development happen in town and leave the open spaces open. Thankfully, there is still lots of public land up here! See ya, IDShooter
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