My time as outdoors reporter and editor at the Statesman ends Thursday. As much I would like to quietly wander away, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of you readers who were ultimately responsible for me having this great job for so long.
You’re the people I served, and outdoor recreation is the topic I tried to cover with honesty, integrity and humility. It’s been an exciting juxtaposition of professionally goofing off with profound aspirations, which is not an exaggeration.
When you crest a ridge at sunrise, feel the raw power of a trout, spot an elk grazing in a meadow, watch campfire embers rise into a star-filled sky, or navigate a maelstrom of whitewater, you emerge a better, more-rounded person with a greater appreciation for the natural world.
That’s the heart of what I’ve tried to communicate, and to encourage people to take a trip, take a chance and appreciate the outcome, even if it wasn’t what they planned.
I’ve enjoyed all the folks who called, emailed or talked to me in person. Even if we disagreed, I listened with an open mind and was never afraid to re-examine my assumptions to account for your opinions and information. I’ve been taught much by many people, and I consider those lessons among the most valuable things I will carry with me.
I’ve also truly enjoyed working at The Idaho Statesman and consider it an honor to be among the dedicated folks who work here. I will always be proud that I was a member of the team.
But I’ve decided to pull the oars in a different direction. Later this month, I will go to work for Idaho Fish and Game in its communications bureau.
I humbly thank you for reading and being with me in spirit, if not in person.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and see you in the backcountry.