2014 Review.

January last year started a lot like this year. Cold and clear. We had moved to the Maple Leaf neighborhood.Maple Leaf Park.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.

Big Four Ice CavesThe shoulder seasons seem to be the best for travel, so in March we headed to Ireland.Cliffs of Moher.

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.Broken neck.May was full of recovery and photoshoots.SCC nursing program.In June, the weather got better and we were able to spend some time outside with good friends. SUP Rainier.Girls.July was full of surprises, things like Amanda’s appendicitis threw us for a loop, but we pulled through.Amanda flowers.Luckily, I have friends willing to go fishing with me while Amanda recovered.Guys fishing.I explored more places in Washington that I thought were hidden gems.Waterfalls.There was more fishing with friends. There is never enough fishing or friends.Yakima.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.Lando and Rory.

He brought good luck and good fish.

Troot.Amanda and I did crazy things like hike to Lake Serene and drink wine at the zoo.Lake Serene hiking. Woodland Park Zoo wine night.August is the best time to be in the Pacific Northwest. We even went to a Mariners game.

Mariners Game.September is the hidden secret up here. You can read about our amazing vacation, here.

Canada.For Amanda’s birthday in October, we went skydiving, but she was happier buying pumpkins and gourds.Pumpkin girl.November is the time for Chum Salmon and pretty pictures.Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.29.56 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.30.15 PMadventureDecember brought the cold and the holiday season. I am glad that is over. Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.36.47 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.36.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.37.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.37.04 PMHere is to an even better 2015!

That small creek.

If you aren’t following my Instagram, you are missing out on the #waterfallselfie barrage that is occurring. Find me @roryseiter.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.33.15 AMThis tributary to the Stillaguamish has had fantastic fishing this summer. The flows are starting to finally drop so much that I will avoid this area for a while. There is small stream fishing and there is fishing that is detrimental to the fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.52 AMInstead, I am taking my friends on bushwhacking adventures and occasionally hook into some small fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.29 AMThe places that fly fishing takes us is well worth it. Sometimes it is sketchy, sometimes it is uncomfortable, most of the time it is just absolutely beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.45 AM

Cherry Creek Falls.

Having a Monday off, Hoang, Lando, and I decided to head out for a small local hike. We always like to find new places, so we chose Cherry Creek Falls from the Washington Trails Association website. It was a beautiful and easy hike in. Don’t forget to turn immediately after the largest creek crossing.Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.24.49 PM

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.44 PMWe were immediately greeted by this astonishing view.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.25.12 PMWhen the sun came out, we loved being in the water.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.25.22 PMHoang couldn’t help himself and had to climb to the top of the falls to check his Instagram. Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.33 PMWhile he was up there, this Water Ouzel kept me thoroughly entertained. Check out the hungry mouths that had to constantly be fed!

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.27.07 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.20 PMAll in all I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a close and easy hike near Seattle. Waterfalls, wildlife, and we never saw another person at the falls. Know of any other great hikes in the area? Leave them in the comments. Thanks!

Cinderella at Snoqualmie Falls Theater

We scored some tickets to see “Cinderella” at an outdoor theater that is a five minute walk from a river loaded with fish. There are lots of eager Steelhead smolt. They don’t know how doomed they are because we were fishing near the base of a waterfall. A big waterfall that the fish can’t get past.So we fished for a few minutes before walking down the nice trail to the stage. It is set up beautifully, and we both really enjoyed the show.

Fly fishing in Akutan.

There is a lot of fresh water in Akutan. Most of it comes down from the snow capped 5,000 foot mountains that constantly overlook the village. It comes tumbling down in series of waterfalls that never stop. I was able to find one small stream that wouldn’t look out of place as a Montana spring creek. Not knowing what to expect, I was surprised to see fish carcasses scattered around the shore. I was too late for the Pink Salmon run, but maybe I will be surprised by a run of something else before I leave.

The walk to the creek is about an hour from town. It has to be timed right due to the tides. It would not be a fun walk home after wading or swimming  in the Bering Sea. The weather can also be a factor. Sometimes the wind is howling at over 50 mph throwing sleet at you sideways. Although on the good days the sun is shining and anything over 40 degrees is cause for a celebration.