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  •  Thank you for the photos (2+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, NoMore

    Getting homesick here. There's nowhere in the West like that stretch of Idaho running from Fairfield to Picabo to Carey to Arco where the desert country meets up with the foothills of the mountains to the north. Beautiful farmland, stunning views, working horses, diverse wildlife, incredible fishing, blue skies... not a lot of people but the ones you will find are interesting and energetic and love a good time.

    resist much, obey little

    by frankzappatista on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 11:00:26 PM PST

    •  And one of the country's (0+ / 0-)

      best-kept secrets, Silver Creek. Not every fly-fisher knows about it, but those who do just keep coming back. It's a Nature Conservancy preserve, saved with the cooperation of the rancer who had the land. With conservation easements and land purchases, this world class trout stream was saved.

      Just a little lecture about the conservation ethic you find in Idaho. That's one of the things giving Democrats hope this year--the increasing sense that the Rs would be more than happy to sell off every bit of it.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:22:37 AM PST

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      •  Don't get me started on Silver Creek... (2+ / 0-)
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        mcjoan, KLM

        Through college I worked on a cattle ranch in the Sawtooth Valley near Smiley Creek and I'd haul ass down to Silver Creek every chance I got. I recall around 1983 the editor of the now defunct GEO magazine declared in one of his editorials that Silver Creek was the most beautiful place in the world. I'm inclined to agree -- even when the fish are fussy you can always look around  and remind yourself how great it is just to be alive.

        As to your comment:

        That's one of the things giving Democrats hope this year--the increasing sense that the Rs would be more than happy to sell off every bit of it.

        While visiting Idaho last summer I ran into a couple fishermen in a bar in Mackay who told me that an executive for Caterpillar Corp. bought a couple thousand acres of the headwater springs feeding the Big Lost River. Much of this water is similar to the tributaries of Silver Creek like Loving Creek and Stalker Creek, with trophy sized brookies and rainbows. The land was purchased primarily for exclusive fishing rights to this water -- I was told that not even the ranch foreman is allowed to fish it. A real shame that this water has been withdrawn from public access when so much of the Big Lost is already inaccessable. So I imagine this might motivate a few sportsmenpeople around Mackay and other places to pull the democrat lever. And yes, thank GOD for the Nature Conservancy!

        resist much, obey little

        by frankzappatista on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 11:02:43 AM PST

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