Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Winding Down...

Sorry about my absence. Things are winding down here in Wyoming. I have been slowly packing for our return trip to Michigan. We debated whether to travel back this week or next. But this weekend's fishing derby on Lake DeSmet lured us (ha, get it?) to sign up and stay a bit longer. Grand prize is a side-by-side ATV. They tag the fish and you can win anywhere between $100 to $3,000. Lots of cool prizes to win also! So we thought we'd give it a try. We hear Lake DeSmet turns into a tiny village for this event.

Above is Bear at Lake DeSmet. How the dogs can comfortably sleep on these stones bewilders me. But you wouldn't believe the people who come up to us and tell us what good dogs we have. (It took some work, let me tell ya...)

I posted this pic on Facebook yesterday but for those of you not on Facebook (Hi Mom!) I thought I would post it again. Yesterday I caught myself a 19" Cutbow. What's a Cutbow you ask? It is a cross between a Cutthroat Trout and a Rainbow Trout. We've been told they are great eatin'. Don't know yet. This guy is in the freezer.

This post is pretty much redundant of past posts - fishing and the weather. But it seems the norm out here is to awake to a beautiful cloudless sky. The robins make a mess out of our car. They flutter in front of our side mirrors all morning, leaving white stripes everywhere. The deer and the antelope are molting and aren't so pretty as they shed their winter coats. But I still love 'em. Baby calves follow their moms across the fields. Then around mid-afternoon the clouds literally roll in, there is a brief thundershower, and then rainbows. Last year Wyoming wasn't such a lush green landscape like it is now.

Some things don't change...

I still want this ranch.

Another nap...

Another passing storm...

We took a nice long Sunday afternoon ride and came across this vehicle. Steve said, "Take a picture!" You should have seen his face light up!

It was cloudy when we came down the canyon, but I managed a quick shot of these campers staying in one of the caves. They had a horse, mule, quads, a camper and a huge fire in the cave. 

Perfect! Looked like a lot of fun!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Stormy Weather...

We've had a stormy couple of days...

But then the rainbows come out.

And the deer come out, too!

And there's a few bucks in this group.

We dodged rain showers at Lake DeSmet.

But we did pretty good last Saturday.

And today Steve is shmokin'!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

More Fishin' Pics & a Happy Announcement!

We waited impatiently for the ice to leave Lake DeSmet.

Our first day fishing Lake DeSmet there was still some ice, but no trees or brush in sight mind you, and I still managed to get my hook caught in a chunk of ice.


If I don't catch a fish, I usually have no trouble catching my thumb.

No ice!

We've caught rainbows and cutthroat.

We've had awesome fish frys! We deep fry, grill, bake, smoke, make fish dip...

(Just because Steve is always holding the fish doesn't mean he catches them all. He's more photogenic than me.)

We've fished cloudy days...

Days that threatened rain...

Beautiful sunny days...

Days that were cold and windy so we hunkered down in this beautiful bay and used the back of the car for shelter.

When the fishing was slow, we took selfies...

...and the dogs did too.

Today is a gorgeous Sunday. Steve just left with a bunch of guys on ATV's. I counted 8. They are headed up the canyon for the afternoon. We took a ride up the canyon last night with the car to see how far we could get. We got oh so close to the top, but the snow became too deep and we didn't want to chance it. That would be a long walk back for help.

It was a cloudy evening so the following pics of the canyon are a little dark, but we'll try it again later in the week on a sunny day and I'll take more pictures.

But the highlight of this week was this...

Our son proposed to his girlfriend in downtown Chicago!

We are so thrilled!

Congratulations Riley and Lindsey!

And Happy Birthday to my brother-in law Bruce!

Have a Happy Happy week Everyone!


“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
  If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
  If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
  If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
  Chinese Proverb