by Rebecca Robison
Videography by Matt Mckain
In 1954, Susie and a few of her college friends loaded into a jeep and headed to Sun Valley, Idaho. Their plan was to work, ski and enjoy life outside of school for a year. Little did Susie know that this trip would soon change the course of her life. There were still dirt roads that led to Blaine County then and miles of untouched wilderness to discover. She fell in love with the pristine serenity of nearby Stanley, Idaho and also met and fell in love with Tom Evans. They married and returned every year to spend their summers beneath the Sawtooth Mountain range. When they started a family, they called Stanley home for many years. She learned to cook without electricity; using a wood stove in their cabin, and believe that their children turned out as well as they did having been raised in such a close knit community.
Susie and Tom have traveled all over the world, but Stanley remains their favorite place to come home to. Having been married for 52 years, they still spend their summers entertaining and cooking for friends that visit throughout the season. The Evans’ recently discovered the superior quality of Double R Ranch steaks.
Watch the video below to take a virtual visit with the Evans in Stanley, Idaho.