From the gang here at Wild Idaho Outfitters , nestled snugglyunder the peaks of the Southeastern edge of the Salmon River Mountains, one of thegateways to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area, we want to takea moment and wish all who read this a very Happy and Joyful Holiday Season! Merry Christmas and best wishes for a prosperous and blessed New Year! As you go about your Holiday gatherings, we do hope you will take time to thankGod and a veteran for this great country of ours which offers so many freedoms.Is it perfect? Heck no, but it appears to be the best option out there. All of us find ourselves at the tail end of another year on this great big ballof mud we generally like to refer to as earth. It has been a terrific year hereat Wild Idaho Outfitters and we genuinely hope those who read this feel as equallyblessed. We met many new hunters as well as were able to enjoy the company of severalrepeat hunters who we actually consider friends. We work with what I would considersome of the best guides in the industry. We get to live and work in what we (Kellyand I) like to refer to as paradise! From the mountain peaks, to the backcountrytrails, to the navigable rivers that begin as streams you can jump across, thiscountry… this Idaho, has so much to offer the outdoor enthusiast. We do hopeas you are looking back on this past year and looking forward to the year ahead,that if you feel as though you did not spend enough time outside enjoying God’snatural creation, you will consider giving yourself permission to take some timein the year ahead to get outside…no matter what state you are in! If youcan make it to Idaho, all the better, but wherever you are, step out into the sunshine.Step out into the cold. Look up to the heavens. Look out to the horizon. Watch asunset. Set the alarm early and experience a sunrise (outside of course). Jump inthat fancy SUV and get some mud on those tires. Visit YOUR public lands. I know I have said this before, but it certainly bears repeating and it is trulymy opinion, that our system of public land ownership where you can go out and enjoyliterally millions of acres as if you owned them yourself (well actually you do),is unequaled anywhere that I am aware of. Remember as you visit these public lands,that they are here for you, your family and your friends to enjoy and recreate on.Just remember to take only pictures and leave only foot prints. Also, as you cross paths with other outdoor adventure seekers, please rememberwhat your momma taught you about smiling and being courteous to all you meet. Ipersonally have made some very good friends with people whose paths I simply crossedin the backcountry. Think about it, we at least have the similar interest in beingwhere our paths crossed; seems like as good of spot to begin a friendship as any. It’s been said that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of aman. I gotta believe you could remove the word horse (although why would you wantto skip the horse), and the statement would be equally as true. So as you are setting your goals for next year, be sure to include some “youtime” or family time in the outdoors. And as always, if you can, take a kidalong! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the “gang” at Wild Idaho Outfitters !