Hiking

Idaho 2017, Part 2

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After leaving Stanley and the Sawtooths we headed south through Ketchum for a quick restock for the remainder of the week and then we were off over Trail Creek Summit to the headwaters of the Big Lost River.  It was a homecoming of sorts, going back to a place I worked over 20 years ago.  But mainly it was a visit to one of my favorite places of high mountains, lakes and streams.  This is high country, with valleys over 7,000 and elevations topping out over 12,000.  October gets to be a bit late for a visit due to cold overnight temperatures in this country, but it’s hard to get away much earlier in the year, so we made the best of it.   The first destination was Kane Canyon.  We were hoping to get up to Kane Lake, which may just be my favorite high alpine lake, but quickly […]

Fishing

Idaho 2017, Part 1

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With the end of fire season and cool weather in the forecast it was time to hit the road for a week off.  Off to the high country of Idaho.  Your vision of Idaho may be from I-84 passing through the southern part of the state.  If so you may equate Idaho with a weedy wasteland of dairy cows and junk cars.  And that is what is it.  Trust me.  Disregard the rest of this post and stay home. We were Stanley bound, but we decided to take a day getting there and made our way up into the Payette River country and stayed overnight on the way.  The river, mountains and forests were beautiful and call for a visit of their own.   We enjoyed an evening around the fire and were up the next day for the short drive the rest of the way to Stanley Lake. The […]

Fishing

From Summer to Fall, 2017

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Well, somehow summer has passed and here we are in fall.  There were fewer trips and more work days than I would have preferred.  It was a heck of a fire and smoke season in Oregon this year.  Oh and there was this eclipse thing. Even when we got back to fishing there was plenty of smoke and fire action to be had.