What I did on My Summer Vacation

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What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by The Wandering Blues » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:28 am

Remember back in school when you had to write up an essay on your summer vacation? Well, here ya go...

Me and the Missus decided to try camphosting up in Oregon for the summer. Spoiler alert- we ended up quitting when the place basically became overran by every shit-bag transient from Eugene to Portland. But, I digress....

We decided to take the scenic route to OR, enjoying a stop in the Teton Valley, a first for us. We found a free boondocking spot on the north end of the valley that afforded some amazing views. It's been said that sunsets on the Tetons are average. We got lucky.
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The sunrise was equally impressive and I discovered a few other Airstreamers had pulled in during the evening.
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Interestingly, the other Streamers were all full timers, and two were families. Pretty amazing to sit around the fire at night talking adventure. As of this writing, one is up in Alaska, one is making its way through Central America. It was nice to have some camaraderie, something you don't always find on the road.
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Met our very own Pastor Ben for the first time and left proud to have finally made his acquaintance. There was no fishing on the menu as the Valley was in full run-off mode, but it didn't take away from the awe. And, of course, it was a good place to gather more provisions.
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As much as we loved the valley, you could almost feel the pending crush of tourists waiting for south Yellowstone entrance to open. And apparently, some things need pictures to get the point across.
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We moved across to Oregon with a quick stop in Boise. The kid was getting out of the Army and was looking to relocate there to go to Boise State. So we spent a day looking around. Damn, that's an awesome place.

Did some touristy shit along the way.
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We finally pulled into our camp spot for the season and it was perfectly situated on a bend of the Calapooia River. Next day, we were working.
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The dogs were not working...
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I discovered the joy of Oregon waters and managed to catch a hatchery feesh while being taught to swing a fly (which is addictive as hell). That fish came home with me, the first time I've kept anything in freshwater in prpobably 10 years.
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But mostly I enjoyed small waters on timberland where I could ply the 3wt at natives.
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Chapter II coming next~

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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by Bruiser » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:08 pm

:cool keep it coming.
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we were basking in goodness here with our everyday drivel that we enjoy.... the rest of this is horseshit, flybug.pa.

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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by The Wandering Blues » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:12 pm

So, as I mentioned earlier, we ended up bailing on our camp hosting gig. I enjoyed the physical labor of it, mowing lawns, taking care of the facilities, etc. But, as word got out it was cheap to camp, local charities started dumping some of the chronic homeless population on us. Others heard about the place from other transients, and pretty soon we had 25-30 assholes running around stealing, smoking meth, doing a little chiva.. We told the town we were through and started to pack up almost 2 mos early. But, not before a homeless guy showed up on our doorstep. I sicked the hounds on him..
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The kid showed up as a surprise on our doorstep one morning, on terminal leave from the Army. He'd been camping and fishing around, chasing the EDM rave scene. After making him bathe (he smelled worse than a dirty hippe), we fed him, took him fishing, got him beers, and got caught up on his plans for the future. Even went offshore to catch a feast.
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He eventually moved on to Boise, found a place to live in Eagle, got enrolled at BSU, and managed to get a job at Cabelas while attending school. I was worried about his transition from the military, but I guess I shouldn't have been. And, with that, we moved on to look around a bit before heading back to the Land of Enchantment.

We explored around Idaho, fished a bit, and soaked the bones in the numerous hot springs.
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Made a move into Montana, but the fires were so bad we cut short our wanderings. But not before I had the honor of catching my first Bull. I was contently catching cutts on a piece of water with my 3wt when I was slammed. A few runs into the backing, a 200 yard run down the river in sandals, finding Jesus at least 3 times, forsaking him at least 4, I managed to see this guy in my net, aka Miss Nona. It was the fly tossing highlight of the trip, hands down. My wife just sat on the bank, drinking beer, reading her book, thinking this was all normal. If she only knew. All I could manage after that was to bust out the sippin' libations and reflect on the moment. Even now, my pulse rate starts rising just thinking about it.
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Chapter III coming along shortly
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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by ncguy » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:50 pm

Shame there was no scenic stuff.
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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by fly-chucker » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:59 pm

I'm a liking chapters 1 and 2 a lot :cool
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Post by yard4sale » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:19 pm

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You sure that's your kid? Looks nothing like you....

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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by Transylwader » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:05 pm

I unfollowed you on fuckbook. Don't take it personally. Only person I follow is my mom. I kinda figgered you'd post your excellent stuffs up in one proper thread. I prefer it this way than see my newsfeed and there's fucking Uncle Fester every dogdamn day ripping the western trouts proper. Keep up the great escape my good man. You earned the fuck out of it n y'all are welcome at the ranch, even if the hounds would probably get owned by the Blue Cat!
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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by Randall Dee » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:21 pm

All this driving around drinking beer. You must be getting fat.

Nice pics. :cool

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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by The Po Thead » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:24 pm

Looks like a terrible time.


:cool

So, when's the Alaska Trip?
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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by 421sd » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:55 pm

Sucks you got Occu-fucked. I wanna be like this when I grow up and retire. :cool Liking the thought of a Streamer when that time comes...

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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by speybait » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:23 pm

I like all of that.
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Re: What I did on My Summer Vacation

Post by fatman » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:23 pm

real good :smile

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They'd fit right in.... :wink
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