LOU JASIKOFF ~ Young and full of energy fresh out of college and in a great job, oney for my age, so what
did I do? I up and moved to Montana, leaving Long Island, New York, where I was raised in the town of East
Northport. I was one of those fortunate ones that was lucky enough to come from a loving family. My dad was
a police officer for the NYPD, and together with my Mom raised their family in a warm, loving environment,
yet helped their children build character, with the belief that anything is possible in life, you treat people with
respect, and work hard for what you want.All this gave me the confidence to disappear from corporate life
and to build a log-style restaurant and motel not far from Yellowstone National Park.
Montana is where my wife and I raised our family for three decades. Regretfully she passed away last year
fighting cancer. We worked hard, and yes played hard. It was a beautiful place to raise kids, but eventually,
we wanted to be closer to family. We found our way to Northeastern Pennsylvania settling in, and for the last
15 years have called this home. I am often asked why would you leave Montana, and my reply is always the
same, “because northeast Pennsylvania is one of the friendliest places in North America.” I came back to be
closer to my extended family, but there are those beautiful mountains, woods, rivers, streams, lakes and
season changes, but above all else, it was the people that hooked me.
I live close to my son’s and daughter’s family, have five grandchildren and get to see one of my
granddaughters every day! I have a sweet little campsite on my property nestled on Tunkhannock creek that
would rival any found in the forests of Maine, the Smokey’s of Tennessee, or Ozarks in Arkansas.
I have traveled extensively in my days. I have sat on the rocky beaches of Newfoundland, and panned for
gold in the Yukon. Collected pine cones in the Oregon forests, picked rocks in the Arizona desert, and
gathered shells on Sanibel Island in Florida. I have been fortunate to have traveled the back-roads of most of
North America and met folks from every state and province, but I have chosen here to be my home.