Perhaps you are contemplating a move to the Redoubt but have not visited yet. You may be wondering, “What’s it really like out there?” Wouldn’t it be great if a team like BBC Earth came in and filmed the Redoubt, so you could see it at its best before visiting? This movie accomplishes that.
A Random Find
I was walking through the local Costco not too long ago on my monthly shopping trip for supplies. I always take a look at the video rack to see what’s new, even if I (frequently) don’t select anything.
There I saw several racks of “Idaho: The Movie 2.” I enjoy high-end programs showcasing wilderness, like the work of the BBC Earth team on series such as “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet” so I wondered what this title had to offer. I’d never heard of the production team, Wide Eye Productions. Fortunately, the store had a TV set up and was running the feature for customers to see. The quality looked good, so I grabbed a copy.
A Pleasant Surprise
I have to say I was blown away from the very opening. I already live in the Redoubt, and this movie had me saying, “I want to move there right now!” Since I’m already here, the movie instead helped me create a new list of vacation spots and destinations for family outings. All of the locations mentioned are within reach as either a day trip or a weekend getaway. I can only wish there were sister discs for Montana and Wyoming as well.
But is this what the Redoubt is really like?
The Redoubt has a lot to offer anyone, whether you’re looking to get completely out of city life and try something rural, or you still want some city life but in a smaller and safer town. The towns can be of sufficient size to provide most city-life desires like activities for the kids or for the adults. There’s also plenty of frontier for those who really want to dive into building a self-sufficient homestead or just want to get away from it all.
I chose the frontier and the full survival and preparedness experience, and I’d have to say that what this movie showcases is not too different from my own backyard. Of course, they didn’t film in my backyard. But the sorts of things they show, I could experience either with a short drive to the named destination, or by putting on my hiking boots and backpack and walking out my door into the unnamed wilderness.
It’s important to note that at the opening of the movie, the writer and narrator explains that even though he’s lived in Idaho all his life and enjoyed the wilderness, they found so many spots in their first movie which he’d never known about, that they decided to do a second movie and found even more wilderness and outdoor destinations he’d never known about. It makes me very curious to obtain the first movie and see more amazing wilderness spots that not even a lifelong local knew about.
If you ever meet someone from New Jersey, a joke in that state is the question, “What interstate exit are you from?” Try it. They’ll probably chuckle and then name the exit. Where I live now, the question is which river valley you’re from. Each small valley has its unique character, and you could explore for a lifetime and still not see it all.
Places to See
The film works through 19 featured locations, but in the course of narration and filming this is perhaps only a third of all sites mentioned and accompanied with stunning footage. Below I’ll simply show captures of each featured area, and conclude with some interesting details. The series of capture from the film does well to illustrate the wide variety of land out here, too.
Slick Rock lets you climb a significant mountain rock face without going to the more famous (and more crowded) tourist attraction parks. Magruder Corridor is miles of long mountain road, all unpaved, stretching between two wilderness expanses; great for off-roading. Bear Lake is nicknamed “The Caribbean of the Rockies.” Chesterfield is a ghost town which suffered economic collapse due to a railway bypass, but is maintained as a time capsule today. Minnetonka Cave has nine chambers to hike through, and satisfies the cave fix without needing to go to another state. Burgdorf Hot Springs is under snow half the year and can only be reached by snowmobile during that time. The Hiawatha Trail is 15 miles of old railroad bed converted to a bike trail, crossing seven trestle bridges and passing through nine rail tunnels, the longest of which is 1.5 miles.
Who Should See This Movie?
Overall, buy this movie and watch it if you fall into one of the following, :
- You wonder what the lands of the Redoubt are like, but haven’t visited yet.
- You have a friend you are trying to interest in joining you in the Redoubt.
- You live in the Redoubt and are looking for some fun places to spend your leisure time.
- You love high quality documentaries of nature’s great places.
In addition to the stunning visuals, the music and narration is top notch. I’ve watched it several times while sharing it with others and while looking closely for this review, and still experience a “wow” factor.