White water rafting Sun Valley, Idaho

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Favorite Things to Do in Sun Valley

March 18th, 2015

Living in Stanley during the summer is very special, but escaping to the Wood River Valley is always a treat. As promised, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in the Sun Valley area during the summer. Because our kids, Miles, Fin and Ollie are ages three to nine, most of the activities listed are kid-friendly.  I tried to keep the list to ten things, but I really couldn’t narrow it down below 12. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Rafting the Salmon…A Watershed Moment

April 10th, 2014

In an entirely creative and poignant blog post, John Lavey of the Sonoran Institute, took an idea originally presented by explorer John Wesley Powell and created a new US map based on watersheds.

Why base a map on watersheds?

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Originally, John Wesley Powell came up with the idea while exploring the West, “…[proposing] in 1879 that as the Western states were brought into the union they be formed around watersheds, rather than arbitrary political boundaries. This idea rested on the observation that because of an arid climate, a statewide organization decided by any other factor would lead to water conflict down the road.” However, the rail lobby pretty much swayed Congress to create state boundaries in their current form. As Lavey points out, the potential for water conflict in an arid climate was too important an issue to ignore and, as Powell predicted, conflicts over water have indeed become more pronounced. To read the post in its entirety and explore some of Lavey’s ideas about what we’d see as a nation if the watershed state delineation idea had survived click here. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Reasons To Have A Fly-fishing Guide On The Upper Salmon

March 13th, 2014

In Sunset Magazine’s October, 2013 issue, author Laura Fraser, in “A River Runs Through Us,” wrote that fly-fishing is much more challenging than putting a worm on a hook and dropping it into a lake. She goes on to explain that it’s not the kind of thing you can learn on the fly, which is why having a guide is key. Since we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, here are her top four reasons why you should consider a guide when fly-fishing in a new area, along with one added by us. Read the rest of this entry »

Once In A Blue Moon & Creating Adventures

February 23rd, 2014

Blue Moon Yurt

We believe that life is all about experiences. That’s just one of the many reasons we love doing what we do. Offering families an outdoor experience that may be just beyond their comfort level or something they don’t get a chance to do very often is incredibly gratifying. There’s nothing better than listening to the excited chatter of kids at the end of a river trip.

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8 pitches later…

When it comes to our own family we look for unique opportunities for our kids to experience, which means we sometimes have to break out of our routine and our own comfort zones. For example, last summer we let our then seven year old, Miles, join Sawtooth Mountain Guides for a six session rock climbing course that culminated with an eight-pitch climb. Gulp! We are water people! Talk about out of our comfort zone. But he did it! Not without setbacks and some hesitation, however the sense of accomplishment was palpable and it turned out to be the highlight of his summer. Read the rest of this entry »