The four of us hit the Big Wood at the bridge right by Ingrid’s barn in Hailey. Everyone caught fish, fairly big ones too. Both Dean and Alex ended up with fish on the reel, and either you know what that means or you don’t. Cari and Serena don’t know what that means, but it didn’t prevent them from catching, on that special Purple Haze fly they got at Sturtevants.
Cari’s friend Ingrid invited us on a tour of the Olympic dressage training facility between Hailey and Ketchum and owned by Peggy and Perry Thomas and used by Debbie MacDonald and the famous horse Brentina. It is a remarkable facility and we look forward to cheering them on in Beijing (Hong Kong).
Ingrid, Cari and Alex
Not a bad workplace
Alex, Brentina and Debbie
Well, you can’t just fish. You have to be social sometimes, so Alex invited people to 1309 for cocktails, then we went over to Ketchum for a little dinner.
Bev and kids
Alex with Glenna Ottley and Monique
Dean and Abbie
Bev and Susie Maguire
Robert, Abbie, Cari
Big Bob and Big Al at Ciro
If you put all our fish in a line they’d make one really good, really big fish. We caught lots and lots – Dean landed 15 and Alex 7 – but they maxed out in the seven inch range, and Dean caught the smallest fish ever landed on a dry fly. If you don’t believe us, see the picture. We also went to Galena in the afternoon for a little party planning, because you can’t throw a party without having a wine tasting first.
Alex on Warm Springs
Dean catches a record fish on a dry fly
Bev at Galena Lodge
Yes it’s our first night and yes we went straight to the Pioneer. Bob and Bev arrived. Geoff, Monique, Gage and Daisy arrived. Cari arrived. So we dined. And dined more. Alex ordered a 24 oz prime rib – the “Pioneer” – which is about 20 oz more than she can eat in a sitting. It’s okay, it makes for good sandos.
We made the drive over the pass and through the super scary Idaho National Laboratory and the other worldly Craters of the Moon National Monument (see picture below). Special thanks to Astrid Flood for her most excellent short-cut directions to avoid the stop lights in Idaho Falls. They were, right at the gas station toward Ririe, then left, then veer right, then left and take that road to the overpass. And that may sound vague, but they worked like a charm.
If you need to reach us here, our cell phones work. The number at the condo is (208) 622-2757.
Here is Al at her condo
And here are Al and Dean at Craters of the Moon
We stopped off in Wilson, WY, to see Lisa, Thomas, Izzy and Hunter. Grilled pork chops, a salad of avocado, bell pepper and cucumber, and of course, ice cream cones for dessert. Yum.
This morning we fished Fish Creek where Jim Flood recently bought property. Lisa lives down the road. Alex caught two cutthroats and Dean caught one.
Later in the day we went to the Snake River where we watched a pair of golden eagles soar and an osprey fish for dinner. The picture here is one Dean took of one of the golden eagles. We fished and had many strikes, but only one fish landed by Alex. A lovely rainbow trout.
We took off on our own today, hacking through the overgrown willows off Fall Creek Road and into much smaller water than yesterday. It was a gorgeous day, but hot! Must have been 90.
So after a couple of hours on the river, a couple of nice fish and a little picnic, we packed up and headed into Jackson to see Harry Potter. It’s a birthday holiday, we can do whatever we like.
Alex in Jackson Hole after seeing Harry Potter