“The wildlife and scenery are so spectacular. I love to sit in camp during a multi-day run down the South Salmon canyon and watch what I call ‘elk TV.’  The hillsides are so lush and green in the springtime.  Wildlife abounds throughout the canyon. I have seen everything from bears, sheep (somewhat rare these days), elk, deer, eagles and so much more. I have also had the opportunity to see steelhead on redds below Poverty Flats. What a magical experience. Paddling is my passion, but protection of this watershed for our wildlife and fish is my number one concern. We need to do more to protect our wild salmon.”   -Nathan Todd, McCall, Idaho                                                                                                                                               Sorry everyone that I have not been writing.  My wife and I just got back from a 2 week vacation that was partly for fun and part for finding somewhere other than California to live.  We went to Idaho, and wow, we found a state that was actually beautiful!  Rivers and lakes everywhere, low cost of living, and green is the color of the day for summer.  We really did like Idaho, especially north of Boise.  McCall was more beautiful that we could imagine, and the cost of living there was incredibly low compared to where we are now in Southern California.

We also revisited the Reno Nevada area, and were very disappointed!  All the areas that we have found to be acceptable are now growing so fast that the area is going to be an extension of Southern California, an area that we have grown to hate!  Tech firms from the Silicone Valley are relocating there for the tax savings and the lower cost of living, which is actually driving the cost of living up and the quality of life down.  This wonderful place where one could find a great lifestyle is now being ruined, and it is definitely off our list of places to relocate.

Idaho is where we will end up.  In the next few weeks we will be going to Northern Idaho, in the area that is around the Coeur D’ Alene area.  This state is marvelous, and we are looking forward to finding our retirement home there and moving in the spring or early summer of 2019!  The southern and middle part of the state is excellent, but we have been told that up north we will find the next thing to nirvana!  I hope that is the case!

We looked at Utah, Idaho, and Nevada, but hands down, Idaho is a wonderful place!  Any of my Southern California friends that are looking to get out, take a look there!  It is beautiful, and the people are very friendly.  They just don’t want us to ruin it for them, and if you are exceptionally liberal, go somewhere else!  They don’t want you!

I’m signing off now, but will be back in the next day or two with a commentary about what is happening in our country.  My wife will also be posting something about animal rights soon, so look forward to that too!



  1. Hope you read the people right. The folks I met from Coeur d Alene were nice enough but were pretty liberal. Not bat shit liberal but tree is more important than God type liberal. Small sampling.

    1. Thanks Greg! I have found many in Idaho to be conservative, but of course some are of a different ilk. That is OK with me! Check out the new articles and comment!

  2. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

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