Transformed in the Woods

Story and Photos by Francisco Lozano

Two years ago, I once again took up watching the old TV series Little House on the Prairie. When I first saw it as a child in black-and-white, the program spawned fantasies of living in the wilderness.

But I lived in Los Angeles, and remained there for almost thirty years, until my wife and I moved to Garden Valley in 2012. No sooner did I realize we would relocate to the mountains of Idaho than I started watching that old show again, as if it would prepare me mentally for the change of habitat and the cultural shock I was about to experience.

Nowadays, I often find myself going alone into the wilderness, and have learned to cherish this solitude, although I realize it can be dangerous at times. Some places are accessible only by ATV or motorcycle, unless you have a horse, and on those occasions even my dog can’t come along. I now do some of the same things the children on the show did, such as going fishing alone at a creek with a lunch sack and sometimes with the dog. I had never fished in my life and, to my surprise, I caught two trout the first time I tried.

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About Francisco Lozano

Francisco Lozano moved to Garden Valley with his wife Donna in 2012. Born in El Salvador, he immigrated to Los Angeles in 1984. A former pastry chef, he also studied photojournalism at Los Angeles Community College, and says he is “loving Idaho’s outdoors and photographing it.” See his work at

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