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!

Lime Kiln Trail.

We had a few spare hours one day and headed out for a hike. We found the Lime Kiln Trail on WTA. The Robe Canyon are is absolutely amazing to me. Building a railway, next to what was deemed a “trout stream” made sense to people that don’t understand the amount of water that falls here every year. Read about the history of Robe Canyon and the area, here.I guess I am just not adventurous enough to want to live out here in the late 1800s. I suppose the fishing would have been much better. We did our own adventure and were very thankful for the trail builders that put in all of the time and effort that makes these hikes possible.

imagejpeg_0It rained a little. Not surprisingly.Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.58 AMThe whole hike was beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.32 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.20 AMThe lime kiln was also amazing to me. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.44 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.52 AMSalmon berries are almost ready to be harvested. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.08.49 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.02 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.08.32 AM

Craptastic Science.

This amazing article from National Geographic has me carefully watching my dog poop. According to the article, “under stable magnetic conditions the dogs would always poop and pee while facing either north or south. This provides convincing evidence that dogs can sense magnetic fields and are sensitive to even small magnetic-field variations, say the researchers”.

Now I know that my dog is amazing. Probably more amazing than most children I come across. But this just proves it. In the back yard, Lando has peed facing north 3 times and 1 facing south. We are 4 for 4. However, I don’t know where the sun was. Maybe he didn’t want to stare into the sun. He is a cautious dog and temporary blindness would freak any of us out.

Also, knowing how sensitive a dog’s nose is, I can imagine that he wouldn’t want to be downwind of his poop. I know I try to stay upwind. Don’t worry, I will keep watching to see if this experiment is valid.

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November 6th – Lando.

When you name your dog after a Star Wars character, people either love it, or need a bit of explaining. I like people with dogs. Cats just don’t do it for me. It could be my terrible allergies as soon as I see a cat. Lando’s unconditional love makes me feel special every day.Screen shot 2013-11-06 at 3.50.33 PM I am very thankful to have a wonderful companion that just wants food, treats, runs, fetching, adventures, and to have me pick up his poop.Screen shot 2013-11-06 at 3.52.51 PM Screen shot 2013-11-06 at 3.51.09 PMLando likes to go everywhere we go. I think that he especially love fishing. Even in the rain. Here is the original Lando, Mr. Billy Dee Williams in one of his many great commercials:

Crabbing in Seattle, Washington.

Don’t get too excited by this first picture. It was a female and it is illegal to keep the females. It was also the only crab that we have caught, yet. However, I just found out that you have to let your pots soak overnight to have real success. I feel good about our future trips. We mostly catch starfish and seaweed. But we also find awesome beaches with nobody around. It is just like Hawai’i.Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.40 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.18.54 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.06 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.18.45 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.24 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.34 AM

Hancock Tree Farm

One supposed to be sunny day, I headed to my version of a country club. I pay an annual fee and get acces to a 100,000 acre tree farm. The logging roads that scar the area give me access to water that nobody else visits. Well, I rarely see anyone else.
IMG_3168 The road ends, there is no cell phone reception and the maps are often outdated with roads washed out unexpectedly. However, with the current high flows, one can often hear the water from the road. You just have to get through what is left of the forest. Step one is to find the edge of the forest.IMG_3169The next step is to try and find small trails through these ferns and downed trees.

 

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When you make it through the ferns and forest you might arrive at a spot that looks perfect for anglers. I arrived sweating, tired, not very hopeful. However, a few casts later and I told Lando that it was all worth it.
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As the rivers continue to drop, this place will simply get better and better. My go to fly is a #10 yellow stimulator. I may tie some tomorrow morning and hit this spot again!