While we have a magnificent view looking West from our deck in Missoula, yesterday Gail, her mom, and I decided to drive out to Bitterroots (the mountains we see looking West) to see what the view was like looking back to the East.
Here is what we saw (the river is the Clark’s Fork and Missoula is about 10 miles East, but not visible).
OK, so this Ol’ Boy strolled by us this morning, came up the stairs into our backyard, out to the meadow and then sauntered past the other cabins. A sort of, “Bears! Gimme a break. I, Bullwinkle, Am the TRUE King!”.
Happiness is early morning sun on the bunkhouse deck. Now, I’m not a big fan of selfies, but Gail’s smile is worth it – even tho’ the river is blown out.
From our game camera this last winter: apart from bears in our apple tree, numerous deer, the only wildlife of note was a cougar, a fox, a hare, and a one antlered deer. Oh, and two Sasquatch disguised as hikers.
Smokey in our backyard apple tree
One antlered deer
Surprised, Bugs asks, “Elmer? Izzat you?”
For really small flies, #6 tippets, fat fingers, bad eyesight, or stiff cold hands this tool looks to be the cat’s pajamas. Just ordered one from Amazon to test it out – $14.95. Will test it out and report back.
NOTE: From the comments this tool is largely restricted to tying clinch knots. So if you’re tying a palomar for your favorite steelhead fly, you won’t need this. But for clinch knots, I think this is gonna be a winner.
The other day I went golfing for the first time this year. Did pretty well – played nine holes (the back nine) and shot a 38. The weather was gorgeous – 60+ degrees, clear as a bell. Woke up this morning to this:
View from our Missoula Apt
Which, of course, suggests the following meme: