In keeping with my tradition of making last minute trips.....
My wife and kids are back on the East Coast for a family reunion. So, it's just me and the dog. We woke up Wednesday morning and she looked at me as if to say "You've got a few days off, we should pack
some gear and go fish in the San Juan's", I agreed, so that's what we did.
I packed some camping gear and all the necessities for 3 or 4 days alone in the hills. We ran some trails, fished, napped, hiked, and ate like camp kings. It rained a ton, so we spent some quality time
reading a few books and watching the rain fall. Truly one of the most scenic trips I've done. It was good for my soul to spend some time alone reflecting on the things that are so important to me. It made
me realize how much I miss my kids when they're not with me. I'm not used to camping without Keagan, and I thought of all the things he'd enjoy about this trip. Our annual family trip to Telluride is this fall,
so I'll get to show him soon.
It also made me realize how cleansing it is to just sit alone and watch a stream run, or the sun rise, or trout sip mayflies off the surface without someone assaulting them with every fly in their box.
I took some time to really look at all the wildflowers. I even stopped to smell a few. Although, they were so thick in some places that I didn't even need to bend down, their scent just filled the thin
air. I watched a doe and her fawn cross the Middle Fork of the Cimarron River without ever knowing I was there. For the first time in a while, I stopped and just listened to all the sounds around me.
Aspen leaves in the wind, birds, the river....
I completed the Rocky Mountain Grand Slam. Brook, Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout all in the same trip, all on dry flies. I thanked each fish for giving me the opportunity as I released them.
Took some time to take some photos too....I should really invest in something better than the iPhone4s, but I did just discover you can take panoramas with it....
Last edited by Fishy; 07-13-2013 at 11:22 PM.