Stories From Stanley, Idaho

The Inspiration of the Sawtooths

The Inspiration of the Sawtooths

Walking through the trails in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area gives me such an amazing feeling. It is like I am floating in the clouds, but I am on a rugged, partially maintained, narrow trail. I have dirt under my nails, fresh mountain water in my Nalgene, and a mind that is finally at rest. My only thoughts are, “How far can I push myself today?” The bright blue skies matched with the clear blue waters inspires me to go to places I have never been before. However, this inspiration is not only for me, but it is for all of us who travel far and wide, just to have a piece of the Sawtooths.

Inspiration is not a resource that is lacking around here. Everywhere you go, something new and exciting is happening. We are all getting excited for the winter right now, prepping our skis, making sure we have enough wood for the fire, talking with our friends as the snow drifts around us. There are people who have lived in this valley for generations. Go ahead, go ask them if they are ever bored here, or if they ever get tired of looking at the same mountains day in and day out. I can guarantee you that we will all answer the same way. The mountains are always changing, who would get bored of this?

Musicians, poets, artists… people from all different backgrounds find their way into this jagged landscape. There are countless songs about this area, poems that resonate through our valleys, and paintings that show the tranquility in the creeks. These are not the only people who are here, though. There are business people, educators, dreamers, and so much more.

The Sawtooths have been my inspiration for the past 4 years, and now for many more to come. I moved here when I was 20, still in college, terrified that I was not in the right field of study, and far away from friends and family. Living here has inspired me to push forward with new endeavors. I now trust myself to be able to reach for the stars, but shoot further than that. The backcountry has offered me the tranquility to be able to listen to my mind again, and the front country has offered me a new set of friends and family.

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area inspires me every day. What does it do for you?

-Sarah Cawley



Featured Local Events

DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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