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On July 15, Jean Marie flew up to Pullman, via Seattle, WA and Lewiston, ID  to spend some time with Ally, Michael, Hero, Nick and the old guy. Another trip down to the airport in Lewiston…

…and the now traditional stop at Starbucks after the airport…Ally, Jean Marie and Michael

…a drive along the left side Clearwater River going up towards Orofino, ID and The Red Shed Fly Shop

…cross the bridge to the right side of the Clearwater River…

Michael, Jean Marie and Ally at steelhead Central in Peck, Idaho…

Lost in the aisle…with Spey Rods above…

Richard Wheatley Fly Boxes…most of the clip variety for Salmon and Steelhead fly patterns…

Family Fly Fishers lost in Nirvana…

More stuff for tying and the fly bins…

Ya’ won’t see this anywhere else…

Big Moo picked out a few bugs for his August trip to Oregon ( more on this trip to the Metolius River and Deschutes River… later )…

Pretty Barred Rhea for Steelhead Spey flies…

A few words of wisdom from Poppy…

Down the road to the Canyon Inn for lunch…

Sign between the restrooms…

Pop – Grilled Cheese, Big Moo – A  BLT…

A short drive back towards Lewiston to check out the flows on the Clearwater River…This is downriver…

Jean Marie strolls down the boat ramp…

This is upriver…

This particular day, it was cranking at 16,000cfs. – Flows here…Michael checks out the slippery, bowling ball rocks in the river…

Nobody is wading in there today…

Proof the Big MOO was here…

Wrap thy Steelhead…

Shadow and light on the drive from Lewiston to Pullman…

Dinner that evening at Pullman’s finest…The Black Cypress

Indeed…

Those guys…

That look when one discovers that they are about to become a G-Ma for the first time…

Baby Bean Barker…arriving January 2020…

The following day, Ally and Jean Marie devote their day to shopping in Moscow, Idaho…

Thrift store Ally…

Big Moo and Ally… NOW …

Downtown Moscow, Idaho…don’t blink…

Big Moo and Ally… THEN…

Time to head back to Pullman and get those Lamb Chops that have been marinating…on the grill…Nick is Chief Chef…

HERO, Guardian Of The Lamb…

Ally, Guardian Of The Cabernet…

Chops and Greens on the Barbie…

Just about ready…

Jean Marie digs in… with mint jelly too…

The following morning we took Michael down to Lewiston so that he could return to NYC. On the way back, we drove from Lewiston to Moscow for an appointment I had at the Gritman Wound Care Center…pretty landscape I had not seen before…

That evening, we returned to Moscow, ID to dine at an Italian joint that I selected…Ally wanted this VW Van parked in front…

Maialina is one of the nicest restaurants I have been to since the old Villa Capri in Hollywood, CA back in the 50’s with my Dad and twin brother…

Part II…

Getting a good reaction here…

Ally says yesssssssss…

A salad…

Antipasto…

I was so hungry I could not wait for a photo…

The cappuccino was delish…

We left at dusk…

The next morning, we set off once again for Elk River…It was a bright sunny day…

Elk River, Idaho…

Getting busy real quick…

Hero takes a dip…

He gets real interested with the Trout…

Another Rainbow to the net…

One of the quaint buildings in Elk River, Idaho…

Back to the Huckleberry Heaven General Store for more goodies…

No whipped cream this time…

Back to Trout fishing…

Long shot of Elk River Reservoir with some old guy on a dock, way down there…

HERO, Ally and Jean Marie…

Loungers in the late afternoon…

Those guys from another perspective…

So Jean Marie said this was an eagle…

More Rainbow Trout…

Nick and Ally moved closer to where the river enters the reservoir and caught a few small Brookies…It was a productive day… we caught and released a lot of Trout…no Pumpkinseeds this time…

On the road back to Pullman…

 

 

NEXT: Down to LA…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael decided to fly out from NYC to visit us on July 13 to spend a few days with Ally, Nick, Hero and myself and to get me out on the water for the first time since my surgery back on May 15, 2019. His Mom, Jean Marie came up a few days later but those events will be saved for the next post…

Driving down to Lewiston, Idaho to pick Michael up at the airport…about a 40 minute drive from Pullman, WA…

Coming down the grade into Lewiston, Idaho…The Clearwater River joins the Snake River down there…

Michael, as usual, was hungry when he arrived so we headed over to Roosters Landing in Clarkston, on the Snake River for lunch…

Roosters has a collection of fishing related gear that has been used on the Snake River since people first arrived there…I took a lot of photos but will only post this one…

I split a burger with Moo…Mmmmmmm good !!!

The view of the Snake River from our table…

Big Moo has a craft brew…

While Ally has her traditional rabbit food…

A warning to parents who do not keep a watchful eye on their spawn…

After lunch, a brief stroll for photos…

The old guy with Ally & Nick…

A visit to the local Albertson’s in Lewiston to pick up lamb chops to BBQ when Jean Marie arrives…The only place I have seen those chops in the immediate area…

Can’t make a visit to Lewiston without hitting The North 40 Outfitters mega store…

Driveway Pork Chop BBQ in Pullman, WA…👍 Nick !!!

Oh yeah !!!

Big MOO chilling…

Dart gurl Ally …

HERO taking it all in…knowing that the next day will be a busy trip tp Elk River, Idaho…

Up early on Sunday morning and on our way to Elk River Reservoir … This is just East of Moscow, Idaho…

Coming into Deary, Idaho

Entering the sprawling metropolis of Elk River, Idaho

This is the place…

Setting up the gear…and yes, we used spinning rods and the fly & bubble technique, ’cause this old geezer ain’t quite ready to toss streamers with a fly rod (yet) and this allows for the maximum amount of stillwater coverage…

This platform / dock works for a start…only Pumpkinseeds caught here…no Trout…

PLOP !!!

Moved to another casting location and was rewarded with this guy…

Ally, Nick and HERO decide to engage the Trout with their stealth watercraft. Nick works at one of the world’s largest suppliers of whitewater boating equipment in Moscow, Idaho (NRS) and this is one of their products…how convenient…

Haul that puppy in and stash it on the Landcruiser’s roof for a lunch run to Elk River…

This place is to die for…Huckleberry Heaven Lodge & General Store

Smiling faces with the goods…

Cone…

…or shake…It’s delish !!!

Back on the water…Hot Spot Conehead Seal Buggers were the ticket…

These…

…or the colorful, gaudy ones…ALL worked !!!

Fast or slow retrieve with twitches…

…and BANG …

Nice shot by Big Moo from the raft…

Another Rainbow…This link, to the State of Idaho, provides a wealth of information on this water…

Working from the deadfall back to the dock proved to the most consistent and successful retrieve…

Michael and I hooked up together quite a few times…ALL the Trout were released…

This is the far end of the reservoir, at the dam. Fishing here was exclusively Pumpkinseeds

HERO on alert for those devil-ish Pumpkinseeds…

We retuned to the other side of the reservoir and continued to catch Trout. This was Michael’s and the last of the day. We really had a great time and it was just gratefully good to be out on the water, once again…

 

 

NEXT: Jean Marie visits us in Pullman, The Red Shed, lotsa’ food and back to Elk River…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last of June saw Ally driving me up to Spokane, Washington to have a biopsy completed on my left kidney…visits to the Au Sable River by Michael and Aimee and over to Lost Lake, Idaho for the Pullman crew…

Short drive that took a long time because of road work and rainy weather…

The biopsy was uneventful ( by that I mean I didn’t launch ten feet into the air when the long needle was inserted into my left side ) and then the sun came out for the return drive to Pullman…This was a barn I photographed near Steptoe, WA decked out for the 4th of July…

A brief stop at Eddy’s in Colfax, WA to pick up Chinese grub for dinner…

On July 3, Michael and Aimee went to Wilmington, NY to try their luck on the Au Sable River. Michael chows down at the The Hungry Trout Resort and Restaurant before the evening rise…

Working a run ,the next day on the Au Sable…

Brown reward…

More Au Sable water…

A Rainbow …

Meanwhile, Ally, Nick and HERO headed over to Lost Lake, near Avery, Idaho to camp and do some stillwater fishing…

HERO checks out the St. Joe River for future visitation…

They have arrived at Lost Lake after some nasty 4X4 driving and a hike…

Ally and HERO goofing off in their watercraft…

Callibaetis spinners on Ally’s sweater…

HERO and Nick, on the edge…

 

 

Next: Big Moo visits Pullman, in mid-July, with much good food involved and fishes Elk River Reservoir…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

On May 15, 2019 I had a life altering event that put me in Pullman Regional Hospital from removal of an obstruction in my lower intestine and an Ileostomy. They also discovered that I had a tumor on my left kidney which will be addressed in September 2019. These are a few of the things that were going on while I was recovering and my eventual return home after two weeks…

The apple tree blooms in the front yard one day before I entered the hospital…

Spring …on campus at Washington State University…

Hero lounges in the backyard, enjoying Spring, while Ally & Nick visit me in the hospital…

Nick, Ally and Hero venture over to Elk River Reservoir in Elk River, Idaho on a rainy Sunday…

A tagged Rainbow that Nick caught…they are texting me photos while I am flat on my back…😃

The view above my bed while those guys are having fun…

Nick with a Pumpkinseed…

Every three hours, these girls made certain I completed at least one circuit of the floor…they were great !!!

Nick with a very small, Smallmouth Bass…

Finally home on a rainy afternoon in Pullman, WA…

A seemingly endless series of visits to the Gritman Wound Care Center in Moscow, Idaho…this is driving past the WSU Grizzly Bear Compound  on the way to Idaho…

Returning home after having 41 staples removed from my abdomen…

 

NEXT: Ally, Hero and Nick visit Lost Lake, Idaho. A trip up to Spokane for a biopsy, while Big MOO fishes the Au Sable River in upstate New York…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

I remember my AA sponsor telling me, many years ago, “If you want to hear GOD laugh, tell him your plans.”

On May 15, 2019, I entered the hospital with what I thought was acute appendicitis. I was wrong. After a CAT scan, I was informed that I had a blockage in my lower colon and a tumor on my left kidney. I was immediately prepped for abdominal surgery, which was performed by a great doctor who had been a combat surgeon in Iraq. He literally saved my life. He and an associate removed a two pound mass which turned out to be benign, I spent two weeks in the hospital and now have a permanent colostomy bag.

On June 27, I will travel with Ally to Spokane, WA – to have a biopsy performed on the tumor on my right kidney. I will then meet with my Urologist to determine the next course of action…

 

Today, this happened:

I have been graced with gifts beyond my wildest expectations…

 

 

PT/TB

So yesterday, 5.11.2019 Michael and Aimee ventured up to Esopus Creek to wet a line. He caught several nice Browns and got to spend a beautiful day on the water…

Esopus Creek, New York

He worked a streamer…

…through the above run and let this guy go…

He tried this Iced Apple Caddis pattern that I tied up for him in 2015…

…and got this Brown…

Two others as well !!!

 

…way to go son … 😉🍏

 

 

NEXT: Some ties for Kelly Creek, the Locsha and Selway Rivers in Idaho…

 

 

PT/TB

Six months certainly makes a difference in driving conditions. It would seem that Winnemucca, NV is the halfway point for things to get more snowy, icy and cold. It was a beautiful sunny day in Los Angeles when we left Ally and Hero’s home with Jean Marie in Simi Valley to make the two day drive back to Eastern Washington…

Heading up to the Santa Susana Pass on the 118 West…

Cresting the hill…

Lovely Lake Palmdale, CA and into the upper desert…

Up a slight grade and headed into Red Rock Canyon State Park

Why it is called Red Rock Canyon…

A better view of the canyon…

Highway 178 West… just ahead. This turnoff takes one to Walker Pass, up to the Chimney Peak road, Lake Isabella, Kernville and the Kern River. I have taken this exit hundreds of times through the years…Back in the day, there was a phone booth next to the sign…windiest phone booth on the planet…

Little Lake with ice. No fishing allowed here. It is private property !

Red Hill and Fossil Falls. When Michael was a toddler, this signaled we were almost there. There being Lone Pine, CA…

Ranch House Cafe in Olancha, CA…I have been going to this joint forever when traveling up and down 395…

A cottonwood tree standing guard on a cow pasture with Owens Lake in the distance, in Olancha. I parked under this tree many times for a short snooze when traveling up to the Owens Valley to go bird hunting, duck hunting, varmint hunting and looking for bright, shiny black things…

That’s Owens Lake in the distance…

The Dino Hut in Cartago, a couples of miles North of Olancha and the factory of the water stealers…I never pass this place without taking a photo…

Almost there ! Coming into Lone Pine, CA…

Best Western Frontier Motel just outside of Lone Pine. I have been staying here since 1953 when the cost of a room was $6.00 a night. They have a room there dedicated to my Mom…

The main drag in Lone Pine, CA…two of the better local eateries on the right…

The climbing shop was my Dad’s favorite liquor store back in the day and two Trout art pieces on the roofs beyond…

They should be open now…Best hot dogs North of Pink’s in L.A. ...Frosty Chalet, Lone Pine, CA

Heading towards Independence, CA…High Sierra on the left…

On Hwy 6, going North to Nevada out of Bishop, CA…When I was stationed with the 10th. Special Forces Group (ABN), at Ft. Devens, MA…Provincetown wasn’t quite so far away…

Bye California…

The White Mountains, North of Bishop in Nevada…

Pulling into Hawthorne, NV…This town has more ammunition bunkers than anywhere else in the world…Just passing’ through…

Walker Lake, NV…

Booking it through the desert North of Fallon, NV…

…a right turn on Hwy 80 and we are headed East to Winnemucca, NV as the temperature falls and the light fades…

6AM the following morning…

Yep…I remember this place…

North on Hwy 95 outside of Winnemucca, NV…It is COLD !

Paradise Mountain, NV at sunrise…

There are Trout streams up in those mountains …

We didn’t see this on our way down because it was dark…

Bored driver…

Classic Casino in Mc Dermitt, Nevada

Oregon State Line

Coming down the hill into the flatlands of Western Idaho…

Just South of Weiser, ID…

Map of what is left of our journey…

Finally, some mountains in the distance…

North of Weiser, ID…

Cambridge, ID …a good place to visit in the Summer…

Getting closer …

New Meadows, ID

The 45th. Parallel…near McCall, ID

Salmon River just outside of Riggins, Idaho…

Riggins, Idaho…get wet…

Two Time Zone Bridge… Confused ???

The turn off to White Bird, Idaho

Mountains above White Bird, ID…

Last stretch of mountains before Lewiston, ID…

Crossing the Clearwater River heading North out of Lewiston, ID…and yes, that paper mill stinks from miles away…

Heading up the grade…go left…

Yay !!!

Pulling into Pullman, WA…

Downtown Pullman…The Black Cypress is in that brick building on the right…YUM !!!

View of fog from the casa, upon arrival…

Shortly after arriving, we got buried in this for the next seven weeks…

HERO was digging it…

 

 

Next: We shall see…

 

 

PT/TB