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A Weekend in Bishop

sunny 55 °F

Just got back from a beautiful weekend in Bishop, a town about 45 minutes south of Mammoth and well-known for world-class fly fishing. It was great to get away for the weekend, especially since it's been one of the first weekends in a long time that Jer and I have been able to sneak away together. We left Bakersfield Friday evening to a setting sun and drove through the darkness on the 14/395 until we reached our little home away from home at the end of Main Street in Bishop. Before we arrived, however, we stopped for dinner in Lone Pine (and I had a delicious turkey burger).

Saturday morning we awoke to a chilly but sunny morning. We stopped into Culver's Sporting Goods to pick up a few last-minute items and then made our way to the Owens. It was truly a beautiful day on the river--not many people considering it's a holiday for most--and despite Jer throwing his back out before we ever got started, we still managed to have a great day. We both did a little wading and a little bank fishing (Jer more so than me) before we got a tip on a good hole that Jer was able to pull a few fish out of before we made our way in for the afternoon. I spent most of the day taking pictures (I just uploaded quite a few).

We had a great dinner at Whiskey River, crashed pretty early, and then took our time coming home today. It was a nice drive back, especially since we were able to see the Sierras all the way home.

I hope you all enjoy the pictures. As the spring comes, I hope to post more pictures and more posts. Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Posted by S_J_Peterson 20:01 Archived in USA Tagged bishop fly_fishing Comments (0)

A great Christmas and New Year!

My entry will be short today--I've got some errands to run and must get ready to go.

I just got back from a lovely (but dry) trip to Yosemite this New Year's weekend. Though there was still water in the falls and the river, there was no snow on the ground and it was a little sad to see. It was nice and chilly, and we saw quite a few deer while we were walking around. It was nice to get out and stretch the legs a little bit. I can't wait to go back in spring and see how things look...I'm worried that if we don't start getting some rain or snow, it won't look very good.

Well, I must be off to get ready. Have a great day and a wonderful first week of the New Year!

Posted by S_J_Peterson 10:33 Archived in USA Comments (0)

A chilly afternoon in Yosemite

I probably won't be on here too long since I'm out on the balcony and the clouds have started to roll back over the valley again...my fingers are getting cold! Dad and I did a nice little lodge-to-village via the Lower Falls yesterday on arrival, checked back in to the room, and then spend the evening in front of the fire in the Mountain Room with some bourbon and magazines. We then woke up this morning and took a jaunt over from the lodge to Curry, then up to the Vernal Falls bridge, back down to Mirror Lake, and then back to the lodge by way of the Awahnee and the village again. We thought it would be a good idea to grab a sandwich at the deli, but so did everyone else...we opted to grab some pre-made lunchables and head back to the room with our coffee instead.

I'll post some pictures soon, some from when we were up a few weeks ago and some from this weekend. It has been quite pretty even though the leaves have pretty much already changed. There's water in the falls and the clouds make for a lovely fall weekend. I'm glad I'll get to come back up in winter with friends!

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Tippy Canoe and Mildew too!

Our first summer in the Klamath and Crescent City area.

sunny 60 °F

So, last entry was deleted, but I guess, again, I won't look the WiFi gift horse in the mouth right now.

This trip has seemed to culminate in all of my worst trip fears. 14-hour drive. Mildewed bedspread in trailer and concurrent mildew smell throughout the trailer. No hot water for a shower after 14-hour drive. Cold night in strange sheets and blanket. Late start for kayaking in the ocean. Aborted attempt at launching kayak in ocean. Swollen finger from a) clip on shoe snapping back and hitting; and b) carrying two kayaks up and down Pebble Beach Drive and a rocky trail to only abort our launch because of swells coming over the bow and involving my fear of tipping in the ocean, banging my head, and then drowning to become shark bait.

However, I'm now sitting with a Blue Moon, smelling the deliciousness of soon-to-be cooked steak on an open fire and remembering that it's only about 60 deg., the ocean redwoods are beautiful next to the rocky coast, and the mist that hangs in the trees in the morning provide just the right amount of spooky awesomeness.

Hopefully we can eat a good meal and regroup tomorrow. I think it will be a better day.

Posted by S_J_Peterson 19:06 Archived in USA Tagged fishing kayaking crescent_city klamath_river Comments (0)

Ireland to Wales

sunny 70 °F

This entry will also be short because it's 12:30 and we have an early last day of traveling before we prepare for departure on Thursday morning. We woke up at about 5:30 to depart Dooley's Hotel in Waterford at 7 AM, and we arrived in Rosslare at 8:15--plenty of time to check our bus in to the ferry and settle in for our four hour journey. We pulled out at 8:45 AM from Ireland and left some of the most beautiful country I've seen behind. I truly felt like I was leaving home for a while--I just wanted to go back and spend time there, so I was a bit sad to watch the Irish countryside pull away from our view. But the confluence of the Irish and the Atlantic seas were sailing smoothly (apparently even enough for the dolphins to swim with us), ans we passed our time getting to know the friends that we've just met and will soon part with in just a couple of days.

We had some good belly laughs on this trip over to Wales. We wrote one song for our tour director, Nigel (sung to the tune of "Danny Boy"--will post lyrics later), and sung that at our traditional Killarney dinner a couple of nights ago, so we knew we also had to write a song for Terry, our driver. We spent a good part of the morning drafting our version of "Proud Mary" (ours is called "Proud Terry") and would have sung it today had it not been for our small mishap just after we landed in Pembroke ouside of Carew Castle. Since we took a wrong turn and were never supposed to see Carew Castle in the first place, Terry had to find a place to turn around. He did, but apparently he retaining wall he was trying to avoid did not quite want us to leave. He ended up hooking the front fender on the wall and we required a bit of navigational prowess before we disengaged the bus from the wall, but we thought today was not the best day to sing our tune to Terry since we make light of the car that almost hit us in a head-on and the accidental wrong turn on the one-way in Chester to cause the talk of the town that morning. We've tabled Terry's song for tomorrow.

We did have an absolutely lovely drive in from Pembroke to Cardiff today. The sun was beautiful and the temperature was lovelouty. We drove the highway in to town and thanked our lucky stars that the road closure ahead (a "lorrie," or truck, caught fire in a tunnel a couple of miles south of our exit and shut down the highway indefinitely) did not affect us, got off in front of the Cardiff Castle, and had a grand stroll around the grounds. We saw the ornately beautiful main house of the Marquess Bute (who redesigned the castle in the 18th century) and walked along the inner and upper areas of the castle keep, or the inner castle that was surrounded by a moat and designed for protection. What makes Cardiff Castle unique is that it has an outer wall (built off the old original Roman wall) that could be locked and used as an outer fortress (or a prison), and the actual castle was inside this wall. In order to get to the castle, one had to cross the moat and climb up a steep outer hill to infiltrate, which only happened once (it was an inside job, apparently). The keep was amazing. Once you reached the keep, it was this large (24-meter in diameter) inner courtyard that was surrounded by tall walls that kept the soldiers in order to ward off attackers. Since the typical way to kill a group was to take out its food supply, the members would bring its food supply inside the outer walls and then arm themselves within the keep, and they could resist outside forces quite well for this. Dad and I ascended the stairs to take in the 360 view of Cardiff from the top, and it was astounding. We also toured the outer wall as they had turned it into a World War II bunker...it was haunting and fascinating. We culminated our trip by coming back at 7:30 for our Welsh dinner and show, and the entertainment and views of the Castle at night were well worth the price. We ended our evening by borrowing a bottle of red wine, having a drink in the hotel with Cathie, John, and Alan, and discussing sports (primarily Cricket) before turning in.

Tomorrow is our last day on the tour, and we see Stonehenge and Bath before arriving in London for our final night. Let's hope that the friends we've made and the memories we've kept will last us until the next trip. We're already planning on meeting up to travel the Rhine River in a couple of years--how amazing if it would happen!

See you in London and Heathrow.

Posted by S_J_Peterson 16:29 Archived in Wales Comments (3)

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