Week 1: Spent the week with the family in Maine, with daily hikes and visits to the beach in Acadia National Park
|Hiking The Precipice Trail|
Acadia National Park
|More Precipice Trail|
|Holding back the tide at Seal Harbor|
Acadia National Park
Week 2: Traveled to Star Valley, WY for El Vaquero Loco 50 K trail race, a must do race for anyone serious about running in spectacular, high mountain locations. Ty Draney puts on one of the best, low key, high fun, family friendly events around.
|Brian Rawlings heading into the beauty of the Salt River Range|
|Corral Creek Lake|
|Found a few of these beauties while icing my legs post-race.|
Week 3: With the family still out of town, I spent a couple days exploring the Uintas. Some was old territory, much was new, and it was all loads of fun.
I started the trip a little late, around 11:00 am, with plans of summiting 5 of Utah's 13000 ft peaks. Due to the late start, running out of water, and not liking the idea of traversing/descending Lovenia and East Lovenia in the dark, I decided that topping out on Tokewanna, Wasatch and Wapiti(Wasatch Benchmark) would make for a good day.
|The view of Wapiti, Lovenia and East Lovenia (R-L) |
|Topping out on Wasatch Peak.|
East Lovenia and Lovenia frame Wapiti in the middle.
At Red Knob Pass, I could see the turquoise blue of Crater Lake a few miles in the distance and after discussing it's fishing possibilities with a local sheepherder, decided I'd head over there to spend the night. The fishing was indeed awesome as I couldn't keep the Brook trout off my wooly bugger, and Crater Lake proved to be a twin of Corral Creek Lake, from the Vaquero 50k the weekend before.
|Brook Trout were in abundance in Crater Lake|
The next morning I headed back over Red Knob Pass and made my way to Dead Horse Lake. While running the Highline trail a few years ago, we traversed Dead Horse Lake in the early dawn and I remember thinking to myself that the fishing had to be lights out in a lake as beautiful as this. Indeed, the fishing for Tiger trout was nonstop both with wooly buggers sub-surface, and on top with stimulator patterns.
Dead Horse Lake
|The Mountain Bouquets were in abundance at 11000 ft.|
I finally pulled myself away for the 10 mile hike down canyon back to my truck. I stopped to fish West Fork Blacks Fork a number of times, and the fishing was non-stop for cutthroat in the upper reaches, and brook trout lower down.
|Cutthroat were small, but plentiful.|
West Fork Blacks Fork
Looking upstream on West Fork Blacks Fork.
All in all, a fabulous few weeks.
3- Mind clearing weekends
3-13000 foot peaks
3-species of fish in 3 separate bodies of water.
Indeed, Three is the Magic Number.
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