Growth has changed North Idaho in many ways. One of them is the loss of places where young lovers could park and make out. So many of those secret little spots are now improved roads, businesses and housing. But there were also spots you could go just to impress your girlfriend, too. One of those was Gravity Hill.
Gravity Hill? There are examples across the country but one local spot was up a dirt road in the hills south of Post Falls. It was a place where you could stop your car, put it in neutral and have your car roll uphill.
Of course it was an optical illusion, but a darn good one. The road looked like you were going downhill but your car was rolling the wrong way. And taking a girl there for the first time left her with an amazed and (usually) delighted impression that you were a clever and in-the-know sort of guy and she sat just a little closer to you on that bench seat. Yes kids, cars used to have bench seats!
I haven't been back to Gravity Hill in well over 30 years and doubt I could even find it anymore. Even so, there's a good chance that has changed and the illusion of rolling uphill is long gone. But it's another good memory of growing up in North Idaho.
If you remember or know of any Gravity Hill's out there anywhere, let me know. There's a little guy that I'd love to take to one.