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2016 Montana Trip – Part 1

Well, I just got back from a week on the road.  The primary mission of the trip was to spread my mom’s ashes, per her instructions in north central Montana (more on that in a later post).  I decided to work my way up there in pieces, camping at a couple locations along the way.  First stop was at Lake Coeur d’Alene where I camped at Beauty Creek Campground, near Beauty Bay.  It is a pretty little campground, with only 19 spaces.  I had a couple visitors in camp my first morning…

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After a couple evenings there, a wonderful visit and hike with a dear friend, it was time to move a few miles east.  My next stop was Flathead Lake where I camped near Bigfork Montana at Wayfarers State Park, near the north east part of the lake (which is huge).  I caught a great sunset the first night (well after 9pm at 48 degrees north latitude)…

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Of course, no trip would be complete without the shameless selfie…this was the best I could muster…

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The next day I took a little spin up the Swan River where I played a little peek-a-boo with this eagle (a GOOD eagle photo is still part of my bucket list)…

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I also took my kayak to a little lake called Echo Lake that was supposed to have good bass fishing but that only resulted me getting jostled around for a few hours by the endless stream of wakeboarders.  It was still a nice paddle and if I wasn’t so lazy I’d post a video clip.

As always, clicking any of the images above will allow you to view them larger.

More to follow from this little drive.

Butt Lake Boat Ride

Took one more shot at fishing the hex hatch last night with my gal.  It ended up being more of a scenic ride than a fishing trip.

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One of these days I’m going to get a decent shot of an eagle.  However, they always seem to show themselves when I don’t have a camera, the light is too low (as in this case), or any number of other “wrong” situations for photos.  I got a couple fair snapshots of this one though, considering I couldn’t get any shutter speed and the boat was bouncing a bit at the time…
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As to the fishing, the hex didn’t really start hatching until it was damn near too dark to see.  Mel had never seen them really popping though so she did get to see the spectacle before we left at least. Earlier in the afternoon, she got one little smallmouth trolling a crankbait (she then trolled the smalley for a bit, not knowing he was still there), I got about a 3 pound rainbow trout (on another bass crankbait) after it was too dark for usable video, and I got this damn thing which was a fun fight until I realized what it was (he’s lucky I didn’t have a knife handy or I would have fed him to the damn eagle…lol)…

Any way you slice it, it was a wonderful evening with my gal!

Yard pet

Been watching this guy and his gals picking apples and acorns in my yard all day.  I spent all day fighting the cloudy conditions and his lack of cooperation to finally get a couple fair snapshots of him that didn’t have my yard garbage or a trailer or something in the background…hehe…

(Clicking each image will download the full sized images (8mp images so they’ll take a few seconds to a minute depending on  your bandwidth)

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