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Crown Point….

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Thor’s Heights/Crown Point/Vista House

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Road trips are magical……..

“Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.”  Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

The magic of a road trip from the planning, anticipation or even a spontaneous outing! Usually drawn to the wilds, the remote, the company of friends or loved ones, the memories mount and the vistas seem more graphic and etched into our memories. I only have to look at a photo of the Oregon Cascades to recollect decades of road trips and all the beauty that encompassed those road trips. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Now of course, if you are going to venture off, on a road trip, in the Winter be damned prepared for the worst case scenario! That last admonition did take the edge off all that mental balm, but still enjoy, but be responsible for everyone you take out into the wilds, to include yourself.

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Ranch Life: What does this mean?

I came across these two poles some fifteen feet or more in the air with strands of barbed wire strung across the from pole to pole and wedged in between the strands of wire was a large bone (femur?). Now I have no idea what that signifies. Maybe nothing but good humor or something more obvious to those that are around the ranch life. I took a photograph and planned to research the meaning. I have come up with zip, zero, nada.

Maybe it is a good luck gesture…or to ward off bad juju gesture…or a sign of the cattle and ranch life…or some one has a big appetite. Maybe someday some one will comment here and let us know. Probably obvious, but not to me.

OK: Update….I contacted some land owners near this interesting landmark and received this explanation for the large bone suspended between posts on barbed wire: some time ago the owners of the land placed the large bone up above as a humorous item to promote conversation and suggest the cattle rancher’s life out West. So, kind of artistic and tongue in cheek.


Fly Fishing Yellowstone Park (Served Up?)

“.. There is a gargantuan dose of truth with a capital “T” in fly fishing. Probably because the truth-tellers are affable, congenial, smiling salesmen.
.. We all want the truth. We want it as we want life itself – handed to us on a silver platter. Then we can use it.” Yesterdays Gone (FF Yellowstone Park)

Some very good points for the novice FFer and/or the traveling fisher. How does one prepare for such a trip? I have about ten books on Montana. I have never been yet. May never make it. But, one thing I do know is the info in the books (maps, roads, remarks, campgrounds) may have changed by the time I make it. I learned this years ago when I took up backpacking. I, again, bought numerous books. And, more often than not, the info was dated, inaccurate or quite incomplete. Now, why did I so need that info in advance of the trip?

For me, to avoid wasting precious time. I wanted to maximize the time I had allowed and not waste it on dead ends. This is not an altogether unwarranted opinion, if one has limited time off and considers the trip not just another feather in the cap of trips, but rather a unique one. Time not to be squandered, so for some guarantees are sought rather than probabilities..

But, in all of this fly fishing endeavor there has to be an element of risk, failure, lost opportunities and yes, wasted time. If you need guarantees, the ‘silver platter’, then go to a trout farm.


Aged Tires: A driving hazard?

Aged Tires: A driving hazard? A video about tires that if they’re old are they safe? A few more stats would have helped.

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Coyote v. Car (The Only Good Coyote is a Dead….Well Now Wait One Minute…or 8 Hours)

“Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender,road for 600 miles – and SURVIVED! When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on. They didn’t realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run. Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender – and very much alive.

Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12. When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping. ‘Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,’ Daniel explained. ‘We thought the story was over.’ “

COYOTE V. CAR (Photo’s)

No, I am not touchy feely about varmints, but I do have to give this one the animal survival award for this year. And, for those that are quick to remark on your favorite varmint round, this is pretty impressive….give the dog his due.


Toyota Gas Pedal Update (11-25-09)

Toyota Gas Pedal Replacements & Excessive Rust on Tundra’s

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