The trick to enjoying the peace and quiet of Polebridge is arranging things so as to "go to town" (i.e. Columbia Falls, Kalispell, or Whitefish = 80 mile plus round trip) as infrequently as possible. Most summer residents are forced to make a town-trip at least every other week; many, less organized denizens of the North Fork, make several trips a week down the long dirt road. During the height of the season the Northern Lights Saloon is open for dinner every night, and pastries or sandwiches are available from the Polebridge Mercantile for lunch or dinner.

But foodstuff prices in the Mercantile are 2x above what one pays in town—Gas in PB is near $6 a gallon, so remember to fill the tank before you come up the road.

But if one is residing in Polebridge for several more than a few days or a week, one should bring foodstuffs up the road to last at least two weeks. (The most hard-core of Polebridge regulars go down the road only once a month!) Rice, oatmeal, and other grains, canned goods, and easily frozen meats (e.g. chicken pieces that can be separated into plastic freezer bags and unfrozen one at a time), Hamburger or Tuna Helper, pasta and bottled sauces, soda, and beer—the cost of beer at the Mercantile is somewhat prohibitive and ice is known as "white gold"—all should form the basis of one's long term foodstuffs. For those who do not come to Polebridge with their own vehicle, DGL will make a corporate town-run every other weekend.

Other items to bring include: Insect repellent (the mosquitoes are really bad only a few weeks out the summer, but one should ALWAYS have repellent on their person when in the North Fork), Bear-spray, a swim-suit and pair of water shoes (there are awesome swimming holes very near PB, but they all have rocks that hurt bare feet—if you bring an automobile inner-tube, in order to float the river, you will be ready for afternoons of bliss!), a mountain bike, a day-pack and all the other gear needed for a day hike (including a medium size COW BELL to keep clear of the bruins), a camera, binoculars, condoms, a small cooler, and multi-season clothing (in mid-summer the North Fork not uncommonly experiences 40 to 50 degree temperature swings from sunup to sunset: it can be 30 degrees (F) in the morning and 89 degrees (F) just 6 hours later, at the height of the afternoon). The temperature falls fast as soon as the sun disappears behind the Whitefish mountains (about 8:30 pm), so if one is hanging out in the Northern Lights patio, one will want to have a sweat shirt or light jacket on hand for the later parts of the evening. Likewise, if one is attending a 10am start Greek in Glacier class, one will want to dress so as not to suffer the cold in our open-air seminar room (the Gazebo), and so as to be able to remove layers as the day warms. Layering is key to summer life in Polebridge. As for the rest, bring your spirit of adventure—and one's Smyth's Greek Grammar (and/or Gildersleeve's Latin)—and one is good to go!

Watercraft, canoes and kayaks, are available for rent in Polebridge; but bicycles are not. Dr. Roberts brings his road-bike to Polebridge as well, since the two or three rides on Going to the Sun up to Logan Pass he manages over the course of the summer are a thousand times worth the effort spent transporting his stead across country from Detroit.