It's fun to speculate about the connection between a landscape and its people. Idaho's landscape is some of the West's most varied and fascinating. And those are two adjectives that describe the folks we've met working on the show. They have certainly made it all worthwhile.

Rob Lesser kayaking In one of our early profiles, we featured world class kayaker Rob Lesser, on a death-defying stretch of the north fork of the Payette River.

The north fork of the Payette, particularly the section that I focus on between Banks and Smiths Ferry, is an unbelievable arena of challenge. There is nothing comparable. It's like having Yosemite valley in your back yard. From the point of view of whitewater, this is world class. Rob Lesser

Morley Nelson Morley Nelson was featured in the very first Outdoor Idaho program in October of 1983. Long recognized as one of the world's leading raptor experts, Morley showed us the "vertical environment."

The "Vertical Environment" is one of the most spectacular in the world. The young birds learning to fly, diving and putting on this tremendous ability that they have to live, is all right there, if you're on the vertical environment. They are an inspiration to humanity because, in the defense of their young, they will give their life. When this bird is protecting its nest, if a grizzly bear came, he would fly out and say to the grizzly bear, 'it's either you or me,' and she'd take him right by the nose and get rid of him, or die trying. Morley Nelson

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Sarah Phipps In 1992 we met mountain biking mom, Sarah Phipps, for a show that featured all women, called "Women Taking the Lead."

I like to win, but the main thing is for most people and myself is that you improve each time. And I can feel good about my race if my time is better than last. It's real rewarding. Sarah Phipps

Braun family playing music The Braun family showed us that living a simple lifestyle at the foot of Idaho's White Cloud mountains can be rewarding. We visited them in 1994 for a show called "Cabin Fever."

Not having a telephone, not having a television, not having to worry about somebody calling you during dinnertime and interrupting your lifestyle, I think that's a real advantage, and being able to be just with the family. Muzzie Braun

Bud Moore In 2003 Bud Moore talked about his tenure with the Forest Service in our program "Conflict in the Clearwater."

My job was to steward this country, to know it better than anybody else. I had to learn it, to do the job that I had to do. As a ranger, I felt awfully free. It wasn't somebody else allowing or disallowing me to do things. I was here, and I knew that this big job was mine, and I looked in the mirror every night and said, how did you do today? Bud Moore

rMargaret Fuller We met outdoor author Margaret Fuller in the White Clouds in 2003 for "Never Say Quit 2." She was enjoying one of her many hikes through Idaho's mountains.

I guess I grew up always hiking because my dad loved it. I used to try to take notes in a little notebook with a pen or pencil and I kept losing not only my pen and pencil, but everybody's pen and pencil that was on my trip. And then I would get behind, because I was taking notes. And when they came out with the little tape recorders, someone suggested I get one and I've had one ever since. Margaret Fuller

Bitterroot Corps with canoes in the river The Bitterroot Corps has been part of a number of programs, including an appearance in our 2005 "Buckskin Brigades."

During the re-enacting you actually go through different situations and stuff as they did. And it gives you a more in depth feeling. You don't really imagine what they went through, you actually feel what they went through. Vern Illi of the Bitterroot Corps

Monica Prunty on horseback The next year we journeyed to the southern edge of the state to meet the Prunty's for "Borderlands." This father and daughter team have been horsepacking in the Jarbidge wilderness for years.

I just really enjoy the outdoors and being on my horse in the Jarbidge wilderness. It's beautiful and looks like no other place I've ever been to. It's my favorite place in the world. Monica Prunty

Mary Jane Butters works her garden We also met one of the state's better-known personalities in 2006 when we caught up with Mary Jane Butters at her farm on the Palouse, for "A Palouse Paradise."

I'm a risk taker. I've had credit card debt getting here. My husband's a very patient man. And I've had great kids that have helped me. Mary Jane Butters

Jerry Hughes And in 2007 we floated the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with veteran guide Jerry Hughes, for "A Middle Fork Journey.". Jerry is one of the few with links to the early pioneers of rafting.

I just adore it. I think about it every day. I dream about it. I've always loved backcountry rivers. I've never been on one that I didn't like, but the Middle Fork is very special. It's just an unbelievable combination of great characteristics and things to enjoy. Jerry Hughes


Below are some of the people we profiled in our Twentieth Anniversary program.

Delbert Blickfeldt

Rockhound Delbert Blickfeldt helped us discover some of the hidden treasures of the Oywhee desert. We profiled Delbert in our 1990 program "High Desert Country."

Olive Purcell on horseback

Olive Purcell, lady cowpuncher, has spent the past twenty-five years in charge of a herd of cattle near Hells Canyon. Olive was featured in our 1996 program "Never Say Quit."

Wally Beamer

Long time outfitter Wally Beamer was a fixture in Hells Canyon, taking passengers up and down the rough waters of the Snake River. In addition to guiding, Beamer was also the mailman, each week delivering mail to residents of the remote canyon. We profiled Wally in a 1986 program.

The Chatburns, riding the range

We profiled the Chatburn family, a six-generation ranch family near Albion, Idaho. In fact, we found them to be so fascinating that we did an entire half hour show on the family, called "Ranch Family Album," in 1993.

Rodney Wolf casting on the St. Joe

Rodney Wolf is definitely one of the best fly fishermen on the St. Joe River. Before he became a fly fisher, he was a logger, one of the best in a region full of legendary loggers. We profiled Rodney and the St. Joe River in 1995.

Suzanne Connor

Suzanne Connor gave up her desk job more than twenty years ago, to start her own business giving folks glider rides high above Sun Valley. We profiled her in 2001 for our show, "A Job With a View."

Omer Drury

Omer Drury wasn't satisfied just being a doctor in Salmon, Idaho. He ran rivers, too. His 16 mm films captured some remarkable scenery, as well as memorable "characters" who lived along the Salmon River. The characters are long gone, but, thanks to Omer's generosity, his films are now part of several Outdoor Idaho programs, including "The River of No Return."

Ernie Lombard

And we traveled with Ernie Lombard, to the well preserved ghost town of Bayhorse. The retired architect has probably visited and photographed more ghost towns than anyone else in Idaho. We featured Ernie in "Gold Rush Days and Ghost Towns."