Monday, March 26, 2012


We got a couple sunny day this weekend so I went fishing on the Yellowstone in Paradise Valley.

The river was a bit dirty because most of the snow has melted. As you can see, the only white stuff left is in way up high. When that melts we'll get some serious run-off but till then the fishing should be OK.

Before the wind picked up, as it always seems to do in the Valley, I got his nice rainbow on a midge. First dry fly fish of the year. Pic doesn't do him justice. He was bright red and feisty.

Then, because the wind was blowing too hard to do too much fishing, I wandered down the river.

I ran into some mulies hanging in some trees. I spoked 'em and they casually walked off, single-file style.

Down at the next bend in the river, I came across the Tower Hosue. I'd heard about it but never seen. Apparently, the guy who built got a lot of backlash from his neighbors. I thinks its cool and not because it is right on the river. It's not like the Valley needs another faux log cabin, is it?

On the way back to the car, I came across the first pair of sandhill cranes of the year. As usual, as I approached they made a racket. One flew off, but this one stuck around for a pic.

Sunday was an even better day weather-wise. High 60s, and no wind. Thought it would mean a great day for fishing, but the trout were only feeding sub-surface. Got a couple on nymphs, including a nice brown that was camera-shy.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

first hike of the year

While the rest of the country is experiencing a heat wave, we're experiencing something somewhat unusual here as well: spring.

March may seem like a normal time for spring for arrive, but last year's snow carried us right into June so this weather has everyone a little bit confused. We prepared for a harsh winter and got a mild one. Is this really the start of spring, or will winter finally make its appearance in May?

It's been in the high 40's and rainy for the past couple of days, but a friend and I braved the drizzle for a short hike across the street from where we live.

We hiked up Dome Mountain, the mountain that we look at out our front window.

Despite the gray skies, beautiful views of the valley (and where we live!) below.

And if there are berries, it must be spring right? Right?

Spring also means that bears are emerging from hibernation, and I made sure to carry bear spray this morning. Last week a huge (estimations of 500+ pounds) grizzly boar was seen on two consecutive days, near Tower. On Friday a grizzly was spotted by NPS staff near Midway Geyser Basin.

Only time will tell if the spring like weather--and the bears--stay...

Friday, March 9, 2012