Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fishing Big Blue 7/9/2016

"There's always time for one more cast!"

I got a new Tenkara rod for Father's Day.  I was looking for the perfect stream opportunity to test it out.  Big Blue Creek seemed like the spot and this day seemed like the time.  I only caught a couple small brookies.  That Tenkara stuff is definitely fun and has a bit of learning curve.  Since I was alone I took my SPOT signaling device with me.  Somewhere in that maze of willows I lost it.  I had been all over through there and felt there was no way I could ever retrace my steps and find it.  Prayer seemed to be the most logical thing to I did.  I then began trying to retrace my paths and realized that was completely impossible.  It all looked the same.  But, after about 15 minutes of wandering, I poked through a tangle next to the creek and there it was.  My heart was full of wilderness stream fishing and thanksgiving.  It was a beautiful day!

Penstemon on top of the Alpine Plateau on the drive to the stream.

The willow maze where I lost my SPOT - temporarily.  Thank you Lord!

Wow this stream is "purdy".  Post-card purdy!

I'll be back and hike on up this creek!  Several years ago I hiked up it to Slide Lake.  But, I didn't fish on that outing.  I will on the next run.

Camping Alpine Plateau 6/18/2016

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order." 
John Burroughs

We really wanted to camp on the top of the Alpine Plateau.  It is almost at timberline.  However, the road was still closed due to snow.  So, we wandered a bit on the backroads and found a good place to camp.  On one road, within a stretch of only a mile or so we counted 11 piles of bear scat.  That made Joann a bit "edgy" about sleeping in a tent up there.  But, we locked all food in the 4Runner and spent the night without any visitors.  It was quite cool. There was a bit of light frost in the morning.  

Beautiful full moon.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fishing & Hiking Grand Mesa 7/4/2016

"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread." 
Edward Abbey

Joann and I took off for Grand Mesa on this Independence Day.  We hiked up to a lake off the beaten path.  It appeared to be dead, except for the abundance of water dogs.  So, we left and tried a few other lakes.  The fishing was definitely not good - the only thing biting were the mosquitoes.  We fed them well.  The day ended with a heavy hail storm that turned everything white.  Unfortunately, I was trying to stay on the muddy road so I only got one shot out the windshield.  Any day in God's mountains is a good day regardless of bugs and snooty fish.