Anyone who has come to our area or has bought a new property knows that this area is steeped in history. I’m going to share a few stories from a friend of the Brokerage. His name is Ben and he has many stories that you may be interested in especially if you like to get out and explore! I’ll be sharing these stories in the next few blogs. Enjoy!
”My favorite back country road trip is over the old Lolo Motorway or North Nez Perce Trail which begins just a few miles East of my hometown or Kooskia Idaho. It’s
a one lane dirt road built in the 30’s, which travels along the ridge tops to the Montana border about 80 some miles. The deep snows up there usually will leave
about mid-July and it will be open into October. It’s the route Lewis and Clark took on their epic journey and later, the one Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians used to escape General Howard during the Nez Perce War. I like to take my time, usually, 3
or 4 days, moseying along. I’ve seen elk, deer, bear, moose, cougars, wolves, birds of every description, and lots of little critters in my various trips. I enjoy my thoughts as I think of all the people that traveled along it in ages past.”
“While on my annual horseback trip into Idaho’s Selway-BitterRoot Wilderness, I have seen many interesting sights and experienced many unusual things. I think this was one of them. Anyway, I was camped at Old Man Lake with some friends, and we were all flaying the lake for trout without much luck. I had tried all my flies then switched to various pinners and other lures, and still couldn’t get a bite. I decided to try some bait and started looking along the lakeside for some bugs or grubs. Parting some grass, I happened to find a little snake that had tried to swallow a frog about as big as he was. Well, I picked him up and worked the frog back out of his mouth and was going to set him down, but for whatever reason, I felt a little bad about stealing his frog, so I pulled out my hip flask and poured a few drops of whiskey down his throat. Well, that little snake came alive! He stiffened up so I put him down and he started going in circles and the last I saw of him, he was doing cartwheels off in the grass. Well, I had his frog, which I cut up into pieces and baited up my hook. The first cast, bam, a whopper. Every cast with a piece of that frog and another trout. After a while, I kept thinking I felt something like tapping on my boot, but didn’t pay attention since I was having a great time pulling in those lunkers. Finally I just kept feeling something tap, tap, tapping on my boot, well I looked down and parted the grass and guess what I found? That little snake was back and he had another frog in his mouth!”