America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston: Episode 2 | Idaho: Tied to the Land Life on the American frontier is evolving. To find out how, and what it means, Baratunde Thurston ventures into the wilds of Idaho in search of its outdoor culture. He finds ranchers and backcountry pilots sharing the wilderness with newly resettled refugees, and sees how climate change is playing havoc with the age-old salmon fishery.
“Sunday Morning” takes us among Bighorn sheep along the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. Videographer: Hank Heusinkveld.
The bighorn sheep is a species of sheep native to North America. It is named for its large horns. A pair of horns might weigh up to 14 kg; the sheep typically weigh up to 143 kg. Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae.
“Sunday Morning” takes us among some wood ducks in Lewiston, Idaho, by the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. Videographer: Hank Heusinkveld.
The Sawtooth Scenic Byway is packed with jaw-dropping views. Beginning in Shoshone, the southern leg of the byway showcases Idaho’s volcanic landscapes. The route then rolls north through agricultural land to the mountain towns of Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley. The northern portion of the byway ends in Stanley. Ready to start planning your next adventure?
Start exploring at: https://visitidaho.org/things-to-do/r…
As of mid-June, nearly three-quarters of the US’s West has been experiencing “severe,” “extreme,” or “exceptional” drought conditions. In addition to the states above, it also includes northern states like North Dakota and Montana.
Overall, climate change is playing a role. But there are smaller factors at play that are tied to climate change as well. Including…
- Not enough rain. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) said the Southwest’s 2020 monsoon season (read: ‘nonsoon’) was “the hottest and driest summer/monsoon season on record.” And the decrease in rainfall is having an impact on today’s drought (think: not enough water for crops, lakes, or reservoirs). And for the little rain that has fallen, it could dry up faster because of…
- Warmer temps. The NOAA dubbed 2020 the second-hottest year on record. And in late June, a record-breaking heat wave hit the Pacific Northwest, with the temperature reaching up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit in places like Portland, OR. (Psst…if you’re dealing with hot weather, here are some tips to stay safe.) Hotter, drier weather creates a thirsty environment, which speeds up evaporation. Rising temps are also causing snowpacks to melt faster, and they’re reportedly producing less runoff – a vital water resource. All of which means there’s less water available for communities and ecosystems.
Experts are also worried that the current dry and hot conditions will have a ripple effect, which brings us to wildfires. Last year’s West Coast wildfire season was the worst ever. Fires in California killed 31 people, burned more than 4 million acres, and destroyed thousands of buildings and structures. And this year, states like Arizona have seen an early start to their wildfire season. But the effects of the drought stretch even further.
The outdoors in Idaho can be a lot of different experiences. In Idaho, there are a dozen fire lookouts that can be booked online. With views for days and ample peace and quiet, a stay in an Idaho fire lookout will be a bucket list trip leaving you with memories for a lifetime.
While staying in an Idaho fire lookout is stunning with surrounding views and solitude, some may require small hikes to get to, and depending on the time of year certain vehicles may be needed. This video gives you a good look at the experience.
“Sunday Morning” takes us among bald eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. Videographer: Hank Heusinkveld.
The bald eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known subspecies and forms a species pair with the white-tailed eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico.
Lake Coeur d’Alene, officially Coeur d’Alene Lake, is a natural dam-controlled lake in North Idaho, located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. At its northern end is the city of Coeur d’Alene. It spans 25 miles in length and ranges from 1 to 3 miles wide with over 109 miles of shoreline.
Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Shana Vassilieva
Been adventuring and collecting shots all over Idaho this summer. I think I’d like to be a Peter Pan in the state of Idaho for the rest of my days…
There were some really special local friends, like Russell Davies CEO from PTSD Veteran Athletes that performed all extreme mountain bike and kayak stunts, Matthew Matkin the featured fly fisherman out of Pocatello and so many more that lended their time and skills to make this possible! Thank you! And, thanks to John L. Scott Real Estate Boise for commissioning this dream video.
A HUGE THANKS TO ALL THE IDAHO BASED FILM CREW:
Jake Rapp : Color Grade + Sound Design + Interview B Cam & Lighting + Kit Rental
Devin Jenkins : Additional Drone Footage
Julie White : Title Design + Kayak Cam Op + Beer Garden Grip
Travis D Amick : Night Timelapse
Billy Byrd : interview Grip + Sound
Brooke Burton : Beer Garden Talent + Producer
Soar over a state with much more to offer than just potatoes! This state contains millions of acres of untamed land, great ancient spines of stone, and the deepest canyon in America. Idaho’s past is as rich as its volcanic soil and this tour over the Gem State reveals unique visual treasures. From Hemingway’s haven to Hell’s Canyon, and from the world’s first atomic city to the birth of the potato boom, discover the beauty and history of Idaho.
From the Series: Aerial America: Idaho https://bitly.com/2vBVQrY