It turns out that fishing trip to Lucky Peak State Park does more than give you an opportunity to hang out with friends, drink beer, and catch food. Being close to nature helps us live longer, and women benefit the most. Here's why.

CNN says living near nature is linked to better health and longer lives, especially in women.  Because they didn't include men in the study!  They said if guys had been included, they would expect similar results. Apparently Idahoans are going to live for a really long time with the good lakes and fishing holes and swimming holes, the mountains, and that well-manicured yard that you have.

The city dwellers like those in New York and San Francisco are locked in by buildings, and sometimes smog, but those of us up here in the Treasure Valley have increased opportunities to get out into the fresh air and for social engagement, we're more active, and we have less exposure to pollution, according to the study.

Idaho has a good mix of city-dwelling and wide-open space it seems. And great salmon and farm-to-table options and craft beers.. the goodness just keeps coming.

Go soak in some Blue Spruce and Sage guys, so you can live just as long as us girls!