Sunday, April 14, 2013

Steve's Birthday - Part Two...and Fishing!

After our snowshoeing hike on Steve's Birthday, Steve and I and Ike and Bear all crawled into the car while moaning in pain enthusiastically jumped back into the car and continued west over the Big Horn mountains to the town of Ten Sleep. 

The Ten Sleep Canyon is gorgeous! Lots of rock and cliffs...

...and caves.

We came across this rippling trout stream where Steve had to park the car...

...and take a peek for trout. Sure enough!
But we had left our poles at home, (the car was already fully loaded with winter clothes, snow shoes, boots, water bottles, a dog dish,...and did I say two big black lab dogs?) so we headed into town.

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

We ordered a beverage and were told we could go outside 
and sit on the bench in the sunshine if we wanted to. 


It was a beautiful day and almost 70 degrees! 
Steve was eyeing some cowboy's parked side-by-side ATV pretty closely.
(And I was watching Steve pretty closely.)

The dogs also had a cold drink (of water), we loaded up again, and headed east, back over the mountains, talking about how we will return with our fishing stuff and fish that river soon...

But recently we've been getting more snow and wind than those nice teasing spring days we were so enjoying. So we've been fishing closer to home. I am such a novice but determined to catch fish. It comes easier to Steve as you'll see...

We like to fish the reservoir above. Beautiful isn't it? We are staying at the base of that mountain way in the background. This pic was taken a few weeks ago when there was still a little ice left. Now it is all gone. The rules here (only at this pond) are that the fish can be no less than 20" or you have to put it back and you are only allowed one fish per day. Steve has caught many 14 - 16 inchers, but he has had to put them back. I get bites and that's about it. 
Fish gone.

Yesterday we fished there, and the weather was crazy. 
It was in the 50's most of the day, and the dogs could once again lay in the yard - in the morning that is.

But before we headed to the reservoir, we hit a few spots around the town of Buffalo.
The above is Clear Creek which runs through town.
No luck.

Back at the reservoir (which is only two miles from home) we fished for an hour or so while keeping our eyes on the sky. 

You can hardly see the peeks of the mountains in the distance because it is snowing so hard.

But in front of Steve black clouds were blowing over the mountain and you could see the rain/sleet falling like blowing sheets on the clothesline. We packed up in a hurry and headed home.

Just in time...

...but as the storm moved east, the sun came out and made an incredible rainbow!

Vivid over this owner's garage.

Made me want to head out with my shovel and pail and get that treasure at the end of the rainbow!

Over the cabin we are staying in!

More snow last night. The sky didn't stay blue very long. It is now cloudy, windy, and cold, yet the snow has just about all melted already!


Usually these antelope run like this in a BIG hurry to get away from moving cars. Usually they know where there is a hole in the fence and slide on through. We've never seen them jump any fences. But sometimes they attempt to jump the fence or run right through it and get caught and die if no one comes along to untangle him/her.


So you have to make sure you drive slowly past them so as not to freak them out too much

This one didn't seem to care.

I'll post more pics of the reservoir next week. It is such a breathtaking spot to fish. And we met a friendly local who REALLY knows his fishing and has given us a few pointers.

Have a great week everyone!

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