Gone Fishin'...

Trip Start May 10, 2013
Trip End Sep 26, 2013

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

 at River's End...

Last night, Friday, we had dinner in our coach since there were only the four of us here of the usual group.  It was ham and salad time, with Lynn's sweet potato, regular potato salad and a mixed green salad accompanying Costco Black Forest Ham. We ate inside since Rich and Lisa arrived relatively late, about 6:30PM and it was darkening.  Food was the usual quality: delicious.

Then we retired to the campfire.  Although it was a bit cool, the fire kept us plenty warm.  The company added more warmth, to the point that a good was had by all.  

The same trio went out to fish at about 7:00AM, whereas I stayed at camp and did a couple of chores and rode Dolores about eleven miles on a nice safe side road, just outside of the park.  I did see one nice red-toned whitetail deer and heard a few birds, but primarily, I got some needed exercise.  I hadn't ridden the bike in over a week.  All worked well except for a front wheel "squeak" problem.  Perhaps it's because of the humidity here, since they were silent in Helena.  "Such is life," as my dear departed Mom would have said.

The fishers did fine.  Lynn caught a 17 pound native salmon and another smaller one.  Both had to be released to help build up the population of wild salmon.  Lynn got to take all of the hits on the bait.  It was her day, according to Lisa and Rich, who are quite gracious about this. As you probably know by now, I'm a stream fisherman, when I do fish.  I'd go out and get some photos here, but can't quite get myself fired up about spending 5-6 hours "at sea."  My imagination does the job for me.

We took a ride into Ilwaco and walked through the Farmers Market.  It was late, so not much produce was available.  There were lots of Arts and Crafts stands open yet.  Lisa and reach each bought sweatshirts that they had been eyeing through the summer.  Lynn came home "unscathed."  I took pictures.  We did go into the Mermaid Queen's shop and got our pictures taken by the gal there.  We were in the "cave" for one and outside for the other.  A cool shop it was.

We went to Sid's Market and picked up a few items and then drove back to camp.
The kids have to leave after tomorrow's fishing, but Lynn and I will stay on another night here. It's a great place, friendly and congenial.  The owners are first rate and do their best to accommodate most everyone.  It's our fourth year here, having started in a tent provided by the kids and progressing to the motorhome.  I must say that I prefer the latter especially when it rains. 

The Fishing Trio went out this morning and had good luck. Each of them "limited out," meaning they each caught two salmon.  The trick today was taking the advice of another  fisherman last night and going out farther, into the ocean.  The water was as smooth as the ocean could be.  Lisa, in all of her twenty some years fishing, has never seen it so calm.  Anyway, they caught over sixty pounds of fish today.  The only downside, if there be one, is that we have zero room in the freezer for todays catch and will have to wait until we get together again to catch up.

All of the photos will be on the Blog today.  Most will also be on Flickr for those of you who wish to look there.

Tomorrow we're off to Seaquest State Park, near Toutle, WA.  It's about sixty miles from the Mount Saint Helen's Visitor Center.  We'll be there at least two nights and hope to see the mountain again, depending on how cloudy it is.  We've only seen the sun once since we left Auburn.  Our last visit was in 2000 with Lisa and Rich.

The Park is quite quiet now with most of the "leavers" having left and fishermen coming back tired. I'll get back to you in a few days to fill you in on the latest news.
Thanks for stopping by...





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Dennis on

Some great looking fish. Lynnie must be a keeper.

ferdie on

WOW! THAT ALL looks like GREAT FUN! A cooler full of Salmon! Does not get any better than that! Good on ya Lynner! Hugs.....

photodon on

A "fish story" if I ever heard one. And a good one at that. Thanks for sharin'. Enjoy the pix, too.

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