Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hey people, here's a heads-up for you. If you read this blog, you know about RadioBoise, and you know how awesome it is and how much it means to me, and to this community.
This Wednesday we start our first fundraising drive, and it goes through next Thursday, 11/3. I'll be sending out requests for support and info on special programming we're having. We have a goal of 500 new members and/or $25,000, which may sound like a lot but is a pretty modest goal.
So, look for a message from me, tune in to 89.9fm or http://www.radioboise.org/ whenever you can, and I hope to hear from you soon.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
New album out this week! It's called On the Water, and so far I'm loving it--more of the intense, howling break-up songs that we loved on last year's In Evening Air, but with more mood, more bass, more rending of throat and garment. Great and unique stuff.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
We launched on Sunday, 9/25, about 2 in the afternoon. You load your boat up on this humungous ramp and slide 'er on down--or in our case, push hard to get it down the ramp as the boats were so heavy they wouldn't slide.
The clouds and rain that hit us this first day and night would be the last we'd see on the trip.
Spent out first night just a few miles from the put-in, at Gardell's Hole. Very nice site. We got rained on overnight, and in the morning our tents and tarps were coated in frost.
The next day we got into some serious fishing. The rapids were tight and the boulder gardens required much jumping into the water to free up the boats, but that made for an active day in the raft and was actually really fun.
Camp was busy and fun. Always work to do, always cocktails being made.
And there was costume party for Linda's birthday. Derek washes the ball...
And the scenery? Sheesh. Some nice hot springs, too. This is sunflower.
The fishing only got better, too. The cutthroats did not disappoint--they were plentiful, and they were hungry. Most were in the 8 to 12 inch range, but we pulled a few nice ones out, along with a veritable butt-load of rainbows (future steelhead).
I spent a little time on the oars, but our boat was big and heavy, and my skills not quite up to the task of keeping us off the rocks. So, Zach gave me a few turns, but he was at the help for most of the trip. Which, for me, meant more fishing.
The views were amazing, whenever I could look up from reading water or watching a fly to appreciate them.
The camps and sites were fairly spotless, too. Nice to know that rules and protections, when respected and enforced, can work, keeping this stretch of river all but pristine in the face of thousands of visitors every year.
Camped in among the boulders our last night out. Lived like the mountain sheep. And saw some, too.
7 days passed in a flash. We were busy nearly the whole time, but that's the price you pay for going with friends and not on a commercial trip. And it was fantastic. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
The overflow pond over in the Military Reserve may be no Middle Fork of the Salmon River, but it sure is good to see these two again. Lucky guy, I am.
Trip report and pics coming soon. And if you're wondering, the fishing was as amazing as you've heard it is.