Last #summer we took a trip to Montana. We stopped in Idaho along the way. The cutthroat trout were hungry until we saw giant submarine like chinook salmon swimming by. All the other fish hid as these giant, dark, spawning beasts returned to the hatchery nearby. I threw a few flies over their head but they were not interested in my offering. It was amazing to see these # fish hundreds of miles from the ocean. It took us a long time to drive to our destination, I cannot imagine what the salmon had to go through. At the end of the day, we had wine from WallaWalla and food cooked on our campfire. What more do you want?
Just a couple of things I put together to keep up to date on life.
January last year started a lot like this year. Cold and clear. We had moved to the Maple Leaf neighborhood.In February, we had some cool adventures (puns are ridiculous) including a trip to the Big Four Ice Caves. we weren’t sure if we really believed the signs, but it turns out that we were lucky to witness only a small avalanche.
When we returned, it didn’t take long for the first minor disaster to occur. I was lucky and I am thankful everyday that I am still loving life. It was one hell of an April.May was full of recovery and photoshoots.In June, the weather got better and we were able to spend some time outside with good friends. July was full of surprises, things like Amanda’s appendicitis threw us for a loop, but we pulled through.Luckily, I have friends willing to go fishing with me while Amanda recovered.I explored more places in Washington that I thought were hidden gems.There was more fishing with friends. There is never enough fishing or friends.As my beard got more and more awesome, I also got a chance to check out the Olympic Peninsula. Luckily, I was with one of my most loveable friends.
He brought good luck and good fish.
September is the hidden secret up here. You can read about our amazing vacation, here.
For Amanda’s birthday in October, we went skydiving, but she was happier buying pumpkins and gourds.November is the time for Chum Salmon and pretty pictures. adventureDecember brought the cold and the holiday season. I am glad that is over. Here is to an even better 2015!
I had never really been to the Olympic Peninsula. A couple of stops at the ferry terminal in Port Angeles doesn’t really count. I still have not been to the Olympic National Park. Until I am allowed to take my dog wherever I want in the park, I probably won’t be going there. I found out about the Klahowya Campground and had to visit it. It is on the Olympic National Forest land making it cheaper and dog friendly. The drive along US 101 wasn’t very impressive until I turned off the highway and into the campsite. Tall trees shaded the whole area. The beautiful, low, clear, and cold Sol Duc River was flowing near a bunch of the campsites. We arrived hot and ready to fish. Before unloading the car, Lando and I need to see the water and take a selfie.The trees are as enormous as you would expect them to be. With so few inhabitants, there aren’t many (if any) trails beside the rivers. This is half of the reason I went. Even though there are places where it is easily accessible, most people aren’t willing to leave the campgrounds. Ferns, moss, and berries were everywhere. the smell of Christmas was everywhere. It felt 20 degrees cooler once you were in the forest.Following the river, I came to a very deep hole. It would have been a great place to swim if it weren’t full of fish. I was sight casting to some of the largest wild trout I have seen in Washington. It was a bit of sketchy hike to get to this area. I had to remind myself that if either one of us got injured, it is a long walk back to the car and there still wouldn’t be cell service for another 15 miles.
It is always good when you can’t hold the camera far enough away to get a decent picture. Watching this fish eat my fly, swim upstream, jump, swim downstream, and force me to scramble over logs and rocks was a thrill I won’t soon forget. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave your comments!
Today, we began our road trip. We left from Dublin and headed to Dingle.
We stopped along the way in Adare because Uncle Leo told us to. It had a beautiful river and castle right in the middle of the village. I couldn’t help but to look in the water and see if I could find some trout swimming along. I couldn’t.At least the weather was great!
Driving to the left, we avoided collisions and arrived at Dingle’s First Cottage. We stumbled into this amazing B&B and it couldn’t have been better.
This was our view.
Nursing school starts in a couple of weeks. (I am only mildly freaking out.) We needed one last vacation before things get serious. We packed up the car and headed East.
Lando and I enjoying tea at our campsite in Idaho. The Lochsa River was only steps from the tent.Amanda slaying cutties in the rain. We stopped in Walla Walla on the way. We heard the fruit is delectable.
Amanda even let me catch a couple of fish. This was one of my favorites. He took a Rory made fly after a long cast.There was more than just fish when we made it to Missoula. Amanda with her humpy.