Published: June 29, 2021 | Updated: June 28, 2021

The quake on the lake

Mike Patrick

Mike Patrick

A little wind, a lot of water.

Sunshine on shoulders, diamonds glistening on waves.

Smiles so bright they could lead wayward seafarers to safety.

These are the natural elements - the conditions and the results - that have made the boating business in North Idaho more popular than ever. And that's no exaggeration.

As Madison Hardy's story in this issue explains, COVID-19 didn't sicken the boating industry; it infused it with a buoyancy that makes the industry appear unsinkable.

What was a rare, safe getaway from COVID's grip last summer is now an all-out festival on the water, and nobody's happier than the men and women running regional marinas and selling boatloads of watercraft.

As we all emerge from the global scourge of pandemic, hitting the road might not be the best option. Not when worlds of water await.

— Mike Patrick, BJNI editor