The Reception.

After the park, we returned to our house to host a party. We did it all in our backyard.Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 6.58.16 AM.pngOur party favors were dog treats. Our cakes are from Jerome Street Bakery.

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 6.58.58 AM.pngWe cannot recommend them enough. From their website:

“We specialize in fresh, seasonal, and organic sweets inspired by the abundance of beauty in Alaska- the dark snowy winters, the mountains, the wildness, and our lovely piece of earth we call home on Jerome Street (and the wildlife we share it with).

We are known for our gratitude cakes. All our sweets are a fusion of a love of baking and a love of the community.  100% of proceeds are donated to chosen monthly non-profit.

Every product is made with love and intention, therefore no one cake will ever look the same.  Each order is unique and personal to the individual or event, and is based on seasonal availability.”

Our “guestbook” was a canvas painted like our backyard. We asked guests to paint themselves in.Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 7.01.15 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-08-28 at 7.01.25 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-08-28 at 6.59.18 AM.png

Desserts were s’mores which included gluten free handmade graham crackers courtesy of the founder of Ben’s Muffins.Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 6.59.36 AM.pngLive music was provided by The Hot Club of Nunaka.Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 7.00.43 AM.pngThe parents looking proud.Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 7.01.45 AM.png

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Return for the Kings.

Having successfully caught a King Salmon on the fly, I wanted to show me friends why it is so exciting. We headed back down to Anchor River and fished until nearly midnight. Hardly needed headlamps.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 8.47.56 AM.png Unsuccessful on day one, it did not matter with a “sunset” like this. Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 8.47.06 AM.png

The next day, the river was closed to fishing so we got to explore Homer and the Homer Spit. Homer is in the news lately because of the fight on immigration that it is battling.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 8.48.14 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-07-26 at 8.48.24 AM.png

The next day, the river was back open and we hit it early. We spent a few cold, almost dark, hours practicing our casts, and hooking and losing a couple of fish. Then it turned on. We found the right spot and the right time and we crushed it. The freezer is starting to fill.Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 8.48.35 AM.png

Idaho Cutthroat.

Idaho trout.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?

Ireland Day 6.

We couldn’t tear ourselves away from Dingle’s First Cottage. The conversation was as amazing as the breakfast. When we finally stopped drinking tea to depart, we decided to drive around the Ring of Dingle before the famous Ring of Kerry. If I had one thing to tell future tourists, it would be to spend more time in Dingle and skip the Ring of Kerry.

This is Brandon Beach.

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I don’t think that there are any fish there.

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.17.55 PMNot that I was looking for fish or thinking about fly fishing.
Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.17.48 PMBut the views were incredible all around the Dingle area.
Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.17.24 PMThe wildlife was ferocious.
Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.17.36 PMWe continued on to this enormous and empty beach which I can only imagine is packed in the summer.

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.32.09 PMJust more beautiful views. We didn’t expect blue skies and big empty beaches on this trip.Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.31.54 PMOver a few semi-sketchy mountain passes. The two lane roads are what we would call bike paths.Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.31.22 PMThis was definitely not a fishing trip.Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.31.47 PMWhich is a good thing because I don’t know if I could find a place to give it a go.Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.31.40 PMThere may have been one or two spots we could have fished. We stopped and looked at this place for probably a bit too long.

The upper Caragh River is famous for it’s salmon/trout fishing and is one of Europe’s cleanest rivers. It is nestled at the foot of the McGillicuddy Reeks. It flows through Ireland’s most beautiful nature reserves in the heart of County Kerry. Permits can be arranged. Boat hire is available for free fishing on Caragh Lake. Michael O’Shea, fishery manager (+353 87 2213835) or visit www.safiex.com” Unfortunately, we did not stay here. We stopped, watched people fish, and drove away with small tears in my eyes.
Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.37.41 PMThen we ended our day (like most days) with an amazing pub dinner. This one courtesy of the Ring of Kerry Hotel.Dinner

Spring is here.

Just another reason why the northwest is great. I got to hang out at a farm during lambing season and then pick mussels to make for dinner that night.Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 10.10.11 AMSure the fishing isn’t so great out here, but this is making explore other outdoor options. At least I got to be on the water.Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 10.10.27 AMSomeone was happy with the result. I hear that they were delicious.Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 10.10.39 AM

Deadliest Catch, Seattle Washington.

Aboard the “Greenwood Guppy” we heard rumors of good crabbing areas near Seattle. Funnily enough, the tips came from some people working with Elizabeth Swann when she was in town. She is no longer a pirate.

Keepers.

Keepers.

So we paddle out in the Guppy (the canoe in all of our pictures), drop our pots with bait like salmon heads and tails from Fresh Fish Co., and then go home. The next day, the pots were full of hundreds eleven crabs. The Dungeness (Dungies) have to be male and 6 1/4 inches. We tossed back a couple of small guys. We also released all of the females.

Black tipped claws!

Black tipped claws!

Chef Ed (I know a couple of those) is preparing the crab the same day that we caught them. Tomorrow, we are headed out to collect the pots again. It feels a bit like observing, except this time it is fun!