Last month, I had the pleasure of joining a group of Wilderness Society friends and supporters on a four day trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. I can think of no better way to have kicked off National Wilderness Month than spending it with fellow wilderness lovers rafting one of the wildest and most pristine rivers in the United States, all the while surrounded by 2.3 million acres of designated Wilderness in the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness.
The trip was the inspiration of Wilderness Society President’s Council member, James Ellsworth, who also happens to own Middle Fork River Expeditions. James and his experienced team of guides provided our group with the experience of a lifetime. We ran rapids, fished for cutthroat, soaked in hot springs, viewed pictographs drawn by the river canyon’s first people (the Shoshone “Sheepeater” Indians), enjoyed outstanding camps and gourmet meals, and had terrific conversations — about everything from our individual lives to the importance of Wilderness and what wild places mean to each of us. It was an amazing experience.
A final, wonderful part of the trip is that Middle Fork River Expeditions is donating the proceeds to support The Wilderness Society’s work of protecting wild places. We are grateful to James and Middle Fork River Expeditions for this creative, generous gift!
photo: Paddle boat in Middle Fork. Courtesy JoshuaRoperPhotography.com.