The Nature of Idaho
Seems like we're always talking about The Nature of Idaho, since we live in a Community that makes it possible for us to enjoy the nature of Idaho. Below are Andrew's and Matt's take on why we feel so privileged to call the Magic Valley our home and to explore the beauty, space and light of Idaho.
Nature's a BIG word that takes in the human as well as the many others with whom we share it. One thing we know is that we try to give back to the Nature of Idaho which gives so much to us and our families.
I have lived in Idaho my entire life, so that I may be biased. Idaho is the most interesting, geologically diverse, and certainly one of the most beautiful states in the union. So yes, I'm biased!
For me, When people ask what to do in Idaho, there's one good answer: "Head outside!" Idaho has much to do and much to see outside. The mountains are some of the most beautiful anywhere, with vast tracts of wilderness and the longest un-dammed river on the continent. The deserts are the "wallflowers," an acquired taste. Sometimes, it takes a trained eye to see the subtle beauty- and a love of solitude, long views, and the smell of sagebrush when it's hot outside.
Camping, backpacking, hunting, skiing, and just watching nature are some things I love to do outside. Like everybody, it's hard to take time from our sometimes frantic schedules, but I never regret it when I do, and I always come back, realizing that frenzy is more in our minds than in reality. Time spent staring at the mountains or listening to the lake lapping and the birds singing is always well-spent. I grew up camping in many of the beautiful spots in the state, especially the Stanley area. I've been an avid bird watcher since I was ten years old and discovered my love of elk hunting and the habitat they lived in when I was about fourteen, which was also close to the time a friend took me on my first backpacking trip into the Sawtooths. Ever since, I've loved each minute I get in the mountains!
I am passionate about Idaho's diverse terrain and gorgeous scenery. I love to be anywhere there's water, and I especially take an interest in fishing, but I'm happy swimming, boating, or enjoying the scenery.
It's much fun, and it's a way of unwinding. When you connect with nature, it's a different vibe and the key to good physical and mental health. It contributes to so much of what's positive in my life.
My wife and I enjoy camping—we love being outdoors! It's our passion, really. We like walking in the mountains in the evening, riding bikes on the trails, and exploring the rivers in our kayaks!
We live in a great area in Twin Falls County. I love going up into the Blaine County/Sun Valley area. In the winter, skiing and snowmobiling are huge passions of mine, and it's a meaningful way to release tension. I feel privileged to have such impressive mountains nearby.
Idaho is incredibly diverse. We look forward to exploring more of it as we cross them off our bucket list: Yellowstone, Island Park, Idaho Panhandle! To name a few!