Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

LEWISTON - As a lifelong East Coaster, Vance Skidmore is used to a terrain of cement sidewalks and skyscrapers. A smartphone tethers the IBM sales executive to daily life. His vacations revolved around hotels until three years ago, when Skidmore, 58, left his comfort zone. He and his wife signed up for a six-day rafting trip on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The river flows through the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. They'd never been rafting, or even camping, but the Idaho River Adventures trip featured their favorite band, the Infamous Stringdusters, who they'd seen more than 100 times in concert. Skidmore saw it as a chance to bond with the band in an intimate setting...

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