Still in Maine


September 18, 2017

My secret plan worked! Leslie is not wanting to leave Coastal Maine. We have been here over three weeks and don’t plan on leaving as long as the weather is so nice (70 during the day 50 at night). And now we have the leaf changing thing goin on.

I have not been posting much. It seems too much like bragging when our favorite places in the West are on fire and hurricanes have hurt so many.

We are hiking more and continue to enjoy our Lobster, blueberries (pies, muffins, pancakes, etc.) and Leslies new favorite, whoopie pie.

Even Rex has a new hiking stick.

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The Coast of Maine


August 30, 2017

It has been over three weeks since the wedding in Nashville and here we are in Bar Harbor!  For those that don’t know, this is one of my favorite places.  Jane and I made many trips here.  I came for three years after her death before the Airstream pointed me West.  I am excited to be able to show off my local knowledge to Leslie and treat her to all things Lobster and Blueberry.

It was a journey.  It seemed to me that we couldn’t decide wether to race to Maine or poke along.  We ended up taking our time. In hindsight we should have hurried. Not to minimize the places we have been, but there was a little too much rain and fog along the Blueridge and Skyline Parkways. If you can’t see the vistas you should at least be smelling the ocean breeze.

We enjoyed it all and now we are here.

By the way I’ve had a few comment that if I don’t post often, you don’t know where we are.  I do keep The Map tab above updated with our progress and campgrounds.

Family Time

August 12, 2017

On the 18th of July we headed back East.  We had the world famous Bass Lake Festival the last weekend in July and a special wedding near Nashville to attend on August 5. Happy to say both events exceeded my high expectations.

We left Nashville last Tuesday. We are heading Northeast. Slowly poking our way towards Maine.  Today we are on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. Luckily we didn’t make it to Charlottesville today.

GYE!

July 17, 2017

I’ve been to Yellowstone six times.  All in the last five years. When I think about what it is that attracts us, it’s obvious.  When Leslie and I talk about going out West, Yellowstone is just assumed part of the trip.  But Yellowstone is bigger than the National Park. It always includes everything around it, Jackson Hole, The Tetons, The Rivers, Bridger/Teton And Targhee National Forests, etc. Luckily, there is already a term for what I am trying to say: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

So technically we were in Yellowstone NP only four days, we’ve been in the Ecosystem for three weeks.  This last week, we have been on the backside of the Tetons, in Idaho.

If you are interested here is a good NPS link.  Read it quick, while it still mentions things like Climate Change, Air and Water Quality and Protecting Wildlife.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/upload/RI_2016_FINAL_Ecosystem_web.pdf

2017 Ecosystem Photos

Fish!

June 27, 2017

This is the third year in a row we have been to the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.  If anyone were to ask why, I would probably say “well it’s between Colorado and Wyoming”.  Truth is, it’s a beautiful area and surprisingly quiet for camping. Flaming Gorge Reservoir Is formed by the impoundment of the Green River by its dam in northern Utah. It forms the largest reservoir in Wyoming, over 90 miles in length. We did drive all the way around it a few years ago  (http://wp.me/p3ZAp1-bQ).

And then there is the Green River that comes shooting out of the Dam. This stretch of the Green, coming from the reservoir, happens to have a gazillion trout.

Everywhere we have been so far has been unfishable due to large winter snowpack and extended Spring runoff.  This Green is running full bore at 9,000 CFS.  No wading in this water.  Yet it is crystal clear.  The only way to fish is with an experienced guide who can handle the pushy water and knows the river. This section of the Green River is arguably the most prolific trout stream in the United States. Utah Dept. of Natural Resources estimates put the number of fish as high as 20,000 per mile for the first several miles below the dam. The water is so clear the fish seem to be everywhere.

I am glad to report, the Green lived up to its reputation.  With my experienced guide, Spencer, I had my best day fishing  (measured by fish) ever.


Love My Rivers

June 16, 2017

Colorado is beautiful.  Snow capped mountains, etc.  I am personally obsessed with rivers.  This has nothing to do with fishing.  Due to the peak snowfalls, all of the West is having major runoff. This means very high water levels and no fly fishing.

In Colorado and Wyoming you are at the source of most of the water in the lower 48. I get fascinated by how just traveling a few miles, we are at a different river, flowing in different direction.  It’s that Continental Divide thing.

Today we are camping in one of our best Boondocking (free) spots, overlooking Twin Lakes. This is near the headwaters of the Arkansas River.  The Arkansas flows about 1500 miles before becoming part of the Missouri, then the Mississippi, and eventually flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

A few days ago we drove near the source of the Gunnison.  The Gunnison is a tributary of the Colorado which almost flows to the Pacific via the Gulf of California. It should be noted that it “almost” gets there after being Sucked Dry by Lake Powell and Lake Mead for hydroelectric power and the agriculture needs of California.

Four days ago we camped on the bank of the Rio Grande near its headwaters. The Rio Grande flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, it forms part of the Mexico–United States border. You know, where that big wall is gonna go.😳

Enough education for today. If I remember, class will continue with Wyoming in a few weeks.