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.


Slowing Down

June 1, 2017

After 3 hard days of driving from Nashville we needed to stay put.  We are in Taos, NM.  I don’t think we can call this camping.  We are staying for 10 nights at an RV Park in town.  This stay is a repeat from last year.  But I really like this area and am forcing Leslie and Rex to like it also.

This is different for us.  We are used to moving every 3 or 4 days and being in the thick of nature.  Now it is road trips to the surrounding sights and easy food foraging.

Yesterday, we visited Ted Turner on his Vemejo Park Ranch (well maybe we only drove across a small part of the over 500,000 acres and never saw Ted or another vehicle).  I only hope he can protect it from the fate I fear for our beautiful Federal lands out West.  We saw elk, pronghorn, dear, bison and a large black bear.

Can of Corn

May 17, 2017

We spent 3 very pleasant days at Cade’s Cove in Smokey Mountain National Park.  It was perfect  timing before summer families and flying insects invade.   We drove up to Gatlinburg to peek at the fudge shops and see how the town was coming back from the devastating fire last November.  It appears from the casual observer that Gatlinburg is doing well and is ready for the crowds to return.

We moved down to Tellico Plains and camped at Indian Boundary off the Cherohala Parkway. This served two goals:  revisit the Tellico River from paddling days and attempt to Fly Fish in Eastern Rivers.  The Tellico was running well and we watched some good paddlers on Baby Falls.

I got to fly fish on both the Tellico River and Citico Creek.  Each with no success.  This was disappointing as both are heavily stocked with Rainbow Trout and fished very successfully by many locals.  On my debriefings it was explained to me that flies and things were much harder and that most fish were caught with corn.

We are currently staying at our friend Sue’s cabin home near Murphy, NC.

On The Road

May 5, 2017

Excited to be back in the Airstream. During our first three weeks we have decided to stay East. We will be poking around in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.

Our first stop is the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSF). This is exciting for me. This is the beautiful area I used to come with my friends from TSRA, white water paddling. Fond memories of swimming and being rescued in many a rapid here on the Cumberland Plateau (pronounced plataw if you are from around here). Unfortunately we are off to a very rainy start with more on the way. When I was paddling we loved the weekday rains that created the weekend high water. Not so much now. But what better way to get acclimated to our 100 SF home.

I know, you are saying this is his first post in 6 months, and already he is talking about the weather. Yep. It is our guiding force out here on the road.

Probably right before a swim and rescue.😊

Home Again

October 1, 2016

Phew, when you are used to driving in small chunks, three hard days takes it out of you. We are all tired after a 1,700 mile journey from Cottonwood, AZ. To Nashville.  Our “season” is over.  We had a great time. Five months on the road.  Many rivers fished and sunsets viewed. I will probably do a recap post and then go silent until we begin our next adventure.