John Austin: Actually, DFO, the end of August means that the best month of summer is upon us. It's that magical time for locals when we get our lakes back, our roadways back and our sanity back. Now, of course, July and August are exceptional in north Idaho with their long, hot days and cool if short nights. But September is the king of summer for Deena and I as we navigate the south end of the lake without much competition, and meander the St. Joe and Coeur d'Alene rivers, gorgeous in their changing-to-fall colors. We also have the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes to ourselves, mostly, to witness the moose, deer, elk and bears in our chance encounters. No, the visitors to our area can have the rest of summer as long as they leave September, in all its majesty, to the rest of us.
Question: Which season of the year is your favorite in Inland Northwest?