Blue Skies.

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We took a quick drive to Seward and had some beautiful weather. Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 9.42.54 AM.png

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Moving to Alaska – Day 12.

We headed into Alaska. They did not build a wall here, but they did cut down all of the trees.

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We uneventfully crossed the border and stopped at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. That is when we realized how much empty space exists in Alaska.

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 12.04.08 PMWe stopped in Tok because we saw a purple food truck selling Thai food with a line of people in front. It was as good as we thought it would be.

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We stayed in Glenallen at the Ranch House Lodge. By now, we were completely spoiled with real beds. We also needed wifi to starting looking for places to live in Anchorage. We enjoyed homemade brownies and Craigslist.

Moving to Alaska – Day 13.

We began our day with butterflies in our bellies believing that we would be rolling into Anchorage today. The house search began in earnest. We had three places that we were interested in. One place on the east side, one place one the west side, and a cabin really far south. The cabin was just out of town. It was the first place that we looked at. It felt a bit like a scam as the owners live in another town. The only redeeming factor was that there were keys so we could go inside and check it out. Most scams don’t allow you to do that. (We have never lost money, but a little time to a scammer.) It was a cute cabin, but small.

The next place we looked at was a two bedroom typical house. It was on a road next to a house that looks like the next house which looks like the next house. The last house we looked at was pretty much the same. A couple rectangular bedrooms with a bathroom. The houses could be in Michigan, Washington, or Florida. They were nice, but no charm. No Alaska feel. We went back to the cabin and looked again. We thought we could make it happen. Sure it was small, but it was a mile away from Chugach State Park. A park that is a half a million acres in size. We are across the street from a wildlife preserve. We have moose in our yard. We made the cabin work.

We ran to Point Woronzof for this view.
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We built a bed frame. Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.36.58 AMOur nice neighbors told us to pick raspberries before the season ended. So we did and made little pies.Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.37.15 AM

We hike around the immediate area a lot. This is one of the most popular hikes, Flattop.Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.37.42 AMWe really like to sit in our little cabin and look out the window with our dogs.Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.36.26 AM

We have made it to Alaska and we are settling in well. Thanks for the encouragement from everyone.

Moving to Alaska – Day 7.

You can skip this video if you are sick of the sunset timelapse fetish I am currently in love with. The sun just refuses to go down as you drive north during the summer.

Our next stop was Prince George. Prince George is a city. It is the 4th largest city in British Columbia. Like most of the area, lumber, oil, and mining are the major industries. This causes large swaths of forest to look empty. There is always a smell in the town. A smell that just smells industrial. It wasn’t pleasant and we didn’t want to stick around. We figured that we needed to stock up on all of our supplies because from here we would be taking the road less traveled. You see, most people head east and then north. They take the historical Alaska Canada Highway. Otherwise know as the Alcan. I am sure that it is beautiful. The fact that the whole 1400 miles was created in less than a year in amazing. But we were ready to get away from the hordes of RVs and all the people with their small dogs inside of them. Our route took us east on the Yellowed Highway to Kitawnga where we would turn north.

We needed lunch and somehow scored the best place in Prince George. Duck confit poutine?! Maybe this town isn’t so bad.Poutine

We had been following large rivers for most of the trip and it was fun to see the rivers I have only read about in fly fishing magazines or heard about from expensive guided trips. On our way to Kitwanga, we stopped short of Smithers at Telkwa to camp. It was another provincial park and someone seemed to be having a 19th birthday party. 20 kids, big trucks, loud music, and big fires. God, I am getting old. We drove through Houston, British Columbia and I had to take a picture with the largest fly rod in the world.Houston

Everyone started to get a little cramped in the car so we had to find interesting positions. Obi Wan

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?

Maupin, Oregon and the Deschutes River.

Driving from Nehalem Bay State Park to Maupin, Oregon was beautiful. We stopped by Deschutes Brewery for lunch as we were headed to the Deschutes River.

Mt. Hood is along the way. As a former snowboarder, this was always on the radar as a way to keep winter going all year long. This time, it was just a few minutes of snow play before we kept moving to get to the thriving metropolis of Maupin. (As of 2000, there were 411 people, 181 households, and 112 families residing in the city.)

Once in Maupin, we stopped by the Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop and found a great place to stay at the River Run Lodge.

The river was a bit high. There were some slow areas. But we didn’t see any fish. Not one. Swinging flies for Steelhead, strike. Throwing March Browns and small dries, strike. Even tossing a dropper under the March Browns, strike three. We were out of there.

I was hoping that they would put the handicap accesible fishing platform in the water so that I could get to the fish, but it wasn’t the season yet.

On the way out of town, we hit up Deschutes Angler where I saw Jay Johnson of Motiv Fishing. Kind of like a celebrity sighting of the fly fishing world.