Easter is just around the corner, and that means the Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt has begun!
The brainchild of Keith Boe, the event was started on a “whim” two years ago to bring people of all ages some excitement and fun.
“We live in such a beautiful area, and it’s great to see so many folks out and about enjoying the outdoors and some fun adventure,” says Keith. “I just thought it would be a fun, adventurous thing to do in our local community while enjoying some sunshine, beautiful views and cool areas.”
The Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt ranges from Bonners Ferry to the Silver Valley, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene.
Eggs have been hidden anywhere from the grounds of the Old Mission; the Spaceship in Wallace; the hiking trails of Mineral Ridge, English Point and Farragut; Sandpoint City Beach; the beach and park at Q’emiln in Post Falls; the floating boardwalk in Coeur d’Alene; Honeysuckle Beach in Hayden; in flower pots outside restaurants and more! After the eggs are placed, clues are then given via North Idaho Life on Facebook of where to find them.
Last year, hundreds of eggs were hidden the weeks leading up to Easter, thanks to a group of volunteer ‘bunnies,’ the head of which is avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast Eric Kensbock of Coeur d’Alene. “We send our bunnies out in all directions sending them to local parks, hiking trails and area landmarks,” says Keith. “It is an ongoing and daily egg hunt throughout the weeks leading up to Easter, and eggs are planted at all hours of the day or night.”
According to Eric, last year, he hid more than 1,200 eggs, which included 700 filled with candy that he had scattered throughout Tubbs Hill for the main event on Easter Sunday. The other 500-plus eggs were hidden throughout the cities prior to Easter, all containing gift certificates of some kind thanks to generous donations from the community. Gift cards included everything from local eateries and food trucks, ice cream and coffee to boat cruises, art, jewelry and local crafts. “This year I'm hoping we can get somewhere around 1,500 in total, which would include the ones at Tubbs Hill on Easter Sunday,” he says.
When it comes to what Eric looks forward to during this event, it’s seeing families get outdoors and search for the eggs. “I've always been a big promoter of getting people out of their house and doing something since we live in such a great area,” he says. “I also enjoy seeing the smiles it brings to the kids' faces on Easter Sunday and the excited adults who find them as well."
Adds Ketih, “I look forward to this community event all year. It’s so much fun and so good for our community.”