This is why we moved to Idaho

We’ve lived in Idaho for a little over two months now.  Last week we sold the Casita trailer that we lived in for a year and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t sad to see it go.  It served the exact purpose we bought it for.  To have a comfortable means of living on the road while we sought out what was next for us.  Through our year on the road, we were able to clearly see that moving to Idaho and focusing on a life that centers around aviation was what was meant to come next for us.  The Casita served it’s mission and it was time for it to be passed on to another lucky traveler.  We hope she enjoys it as much as we have.

For those of you that have asked or been curious about our Four Wheel Camper, no we are not selling it.  You wouldn’t be able to pry that thing from my cold, dead hands.  It’s still the best money we’ve ever spent and will continue to afford us many adventures in the future.  We’re actually quite excited to hit the road in a few weeks and not have a trailer in tow.

Now, for the point of this little post today.  I thought I’d share with you a peek in to why we moved to Idaho.  In a nutshell, it has everything to do with…

The Backcountry
And the community that supports it all

Idaho is a special place for aviation.  Dozens upon dozens of backcountry airstrips allow skilled pilots to access millions of acres of uncivilized wilderness that can only otherwise be accessed by hiking in. In the Spring Mark will begin his new career as a flight instructor.  He will teach for Stick & Rudder Aviation, a flight school that offers specialized training in the same aircraft that we own, a Kitfox.  The Idaho backcountry will become his office.

Though 15 years of harsh winters left me ready to move on from life in the Colorado Rockies, it was still really hard to leave the mountains.  We now live in the agricultural valley outside Boise, a vast change from our life in the high country.  But, as Mark showed me last month, we’re only a short, beautiful 30 minute flight from the mountains.  A delightful discovery for a girl that needs nature to remain sane.

I cannot wait to see where aviation takes us over the coming years.  I’m not sure what I love more, the adventures aviation affords or the community that comes with it.  Either way, we couldn’t be happier to be embarking on this new chapter.

Here’s a few photos from our afternoon flying to Garden Valley and back home:

Many of Idaho’s backcountry strips offer camping opportunities right there alongside your airplane.  HELL YES! was my immediate reaction upon learning this.  You better believe we’ll be spending a few nights right here next summer.  Mark is actually buying us a tent as I type this : )

Not only does this particular strip offer a courtesy car, campsites and bathhouse but also free bikes.  If it wasn’t for my broken toe, we would have rode in to town for lunch.

We have yet to really use our airplane to it’s fullest potential.  Now that we’re in Idaho, that’s all about to change!  I can’t wait to see what the summer brings.


Hello, I'm Michele

Hello, I'm Michele

While taking pictures is what I do for a living, this website is not about photography or making money.  It’s about my perpetual pursuit of a life well-lived and my desire for people to live with less stress and more joy.  This website is not about HOW TO achieve XYX, it’s about HOW I achieve XYZ (along with the myriad of thought processes that get me there).  If it motivates you too to be better, than I’m really glad you’re here.  I believe the world would be a better place if we all spent more time bettering ourselves rather than judging others.


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