Autumn is the Wood River Valley’s most perfect season.
As the blistering days of August fade into the balmy month of September, the crisp mountain air reclaims its rightful place and begins its task of slowly luring the tender green leaves to their fiery death.
For Stanley, my wirehaired pointing griffon (a breed you will learn more about in our feature, A Griffon’s Tale, on page 50), and I, autumn is our favorite season. It’s when my husband, Brian, is finally released from the rigors of the summer’s wildfire season and can join us for hikes on the now less-crowded trails and lazy days fishing along slumbering creeks.
In this issue of the Sun Valley Guide we celebrate this perfect season with retired Idaho Mountain Express Editor Ken Retallic’s reflections on one of the valley’s most sublime of outdoor spaces. The author of four books on fly fishing, Retallic reminisces about three decades of Silver Creek Preserve, two of which he has personally experienced.
We also explore two views of the land to our north. From the terrifying experience of a father and son trapped on the side of a mountain to the intriguing perspective of a famous East Coast photographer, who spent two years chronicling life in one of the most remote parts of the West. Laura McPhee’s stunning work is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her photographs explore the delicate balance between man and nature, life and death, and use the vast landscape and small community of the Sawtooth Valley to present the dilemmas of a nation.
The mission of this magazine is to reflect upon, celebrate and inspire life in and around our valley. From an examination of Wood River High School’s burgeoning football program and a reflection on the tuneful career of Sun Valley Resort’s resident pianist, to revealing the valley’s new favorite canine and probing Michel Rudigoz for the secrets of the Christy’s success, we hope you enjoy these slices of Wood River Valley life.
Jennifer Tuohy, Editor
Michael Ames is the author of The World Beard and Moustache Championships and is a multi-purpose writer for the Sun Valley Guide. This fall, he is on political hiatus from the Wood River Valley, but hopes to return. Meanwhile, he plans to spend as much time on the Idaho road as possible and enjoys tooling around the state in any vehicle available. He is also an avid hiker, but tries to avoid overnights on exposed mountainsides.
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