Just Mousing Around.

Floated a creek up north with a couple of friends. Only used mouse patterns. Had blue skies and a lot of fun.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 9.03.12 AM.pngLife is better with dogs.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 9.03.24 AM.pngNavigating the cold clear water.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 9.06.02 AM.pngWe caught lots of fish. They weren’t all this happy.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 9.04.12 AM.png

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Eklutna Hiking.

Hike 11/52. There is something awesome about being on a frozen lake. It can be slightly terrifying. I felt confident that we wouldn’t fall through the ice, but then you see a big crack running the length of the lake and your mind starts to think, “what if?”Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.02.05 PMWe headed out down the middle of the lake with the wind in our faces. It was sunny, but not very warm. Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.01.46 PM

The mountains don’t seem very far away when you are hiking here. It is only because they are enormous. You walk for hours and the things in the distance don’t seem to get much closer. Alaskan scale is different than other places I have visited.Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.02.17 PM.png

After a few miles, there is a cabin on the left side of the lake. There is a road that you can walk on to access to the cabin. We returned on the road.Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.02.30 PMIt has a bit of a higher vantage point. We saw cyclists, dog sleds, and skiers out on the lake.

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Wolverine Peak (almost).

Hike 6/52 for the 52 hike challenge.

It starts off beautiful right from the trailhead. It is a big well worn trail at the Prospect Heights Trailhead.

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Then it slowly follows the appropriately named Powerline Trail.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.08.33 AM

This is quite an easy trail. It isn’t too steep, it is wide, it is gorgeous. I love Anchorage.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.08.44 AMThis time of year, there are flowers of every color outside. The pinks, the purples, the whites, the yellows, I wanted to show them all off. I wanted to sit and stare at them, I wanted to make sure I made noise to alert any bears.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.09.02 AMThe whole trail is very well marked. I brought a GPS, but really did not need it. Some of our adventures are totally unmarked and out in the middle of nowhere. This trail was nothing like that.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.09.15 AMThe views from the trail were incredible.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.09.27 AMI did not have enough time to make it to the top of Wolverine Peak, but I think that is it behind the dogs. The trail got steep, the day got late, and I had somewhere to be. I did get to hear coyotes calling as the sun went down. This place is amazing, still.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.09.42 AM

Hiking Lake Serene.

We packed up the fishing and bouldering gear and headed out for a local adventure. Everyone was asking what Amanda had on her back. They thought I was such a jerk making her carry the biggest pack. I thought it was funny all of the way there.Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.52.45 PMThe first stop was Bridal Veil Falls. It is worth the uphill climb to a beautiful big waterfall. The opposite direction were fantastic views of Skykomish river and the mountains in the background.Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.53.47 PM

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.53.58 PMA bit later, we arrived to Lake Serene. We were blown away by the raw beauty. A lot of people were walking away from the lake when we arrived. We realized it was because the sun sets early high up in the mountains. It got cold quickly, but there were willing fish and amazing views.
Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.54.30 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.54.39 PMIf you are looking for a longer uphill hike and want a good reward at the end, I highly recommend this one. It gets crowded even during the week so be prepared to hang out with lots of people. Happy trails!

Camping and fishing on the Sol Duc.

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.Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.16.44 PMThe 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.Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.17.20 PMFollowing 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.

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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.Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.18.08 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.18.21 PMThanks for reading and feel free to leave your comments!

Small stream fishing near Seattle, Washington.

We hit the Teanaway again. This time I brought a new crew of hooligans. Dan caught his first fish on a fly rod and as we explored more, we found water that looked more familiar and produced a lot more fish. This is a great place to wade for novice fly anglers and people looking to explore the beauty of the mountains without traveling far from Seattle.Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 11.27.28 PM Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 11.27.08 PM Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 11.27.19 PM

The next week (or something like that) I revisited Gold Pan Creek. The flows seemed lower than last year, but summer seemed to have started earlier this year and a little more earnestly. It was 80 degrees in May in 2013!

There were lots of small eager trout (a common theme in Western Washington), but no elusive Bull Trout that I keep hoping for. Of course, I have not specifically targeted them yet either.

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