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Old 07-21-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Pictures From a Trip

I wasn't sure where to put this - Hunting and Fishing? Other Places? Trip Reports? I decided upon here because the intent is to share more pictures than words. So here's the explanation:

Thomas, his best friend Matias, Ross and I just returned from 10 days backpacking in Wyoming's Wind River Range and a great 5 day road trip up through Yellowstone and down to Salt Lake City.

We started on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Trails were marked only by blazes and were unimproved. The views, wildlife and fishing more than made up for the hard walking. Our car safely parked at the St. Lawrence Rangers Station, we set off into the Paradise Basin. From there we hit a couple of great Cutthroat lakes and attempted to get into some Golden lakes I've visited in the past. That part wasn't happening. The stream crossing was life threatening. No matter.

We did have some tough going at times due to this year's heavy snowpack - 300% of normal. That limited the road fishing -the Wind River, Popo Agie, Green and New Fork were blown out. No matter.

We also had bears in camp - crafty ones. They're not hunted on the reservation and have become super crafty at obtaining camp food. For the first time ever I lost a food bag (another post is coming on this subject!).

The boys were absolutely thrilled with the trip. The dynamics worked out and I was super proud of their attitudes and ability to take adversity in stride.

So, after a promise of few words and many pictures, here goes.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #4
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And there you have it!
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:56 PM   #5
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Incredible pictures! Congratulations on some beautiful fish in in a truly beautiful place. I have been in Laramie Wyoming for the past month working and can attest that the major rivers are just now starting to come down. Fished the North Platte last weekend near Encampment and also at the Miracle Mile with limited success due to the high water. Very limited wading, but nice to get out. Last day of work is tomorrow and then heading up to Yellowstone with the wife for a week of vacation and hopefully a little fishing. Again, congrats on some great fish and more importantly an unforgettable family outing!
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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Awesome trip. Crazy scenery. Gigantric trout. Excellent. Glad everything went well.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:28 AM   #7
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Absolutely beautiful. You can't appreciate the west till you've actually been there. Great pics!
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:46 AM   #8
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What a dream!
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Wow. Epic. Thanks for sharing VT. I'm assuming you were packing heat/a flare gun/bear spray?
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Wow. Epic. Thanks for sharing VT. I'm assuming you were packing heat/a flare gun/bear spray?
Pepper spray. I'd hate to do any permanent damage to a bear plus statistics show that pepper spray is by far the most effective means of interrupting a bear attack. I doubt I could carry a firearm big enough to guarantee stopping a Grizzly...
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:57 PM   #11
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Your kids will never forget this trip VT! Well done and God Bless!
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:16 PM   #12
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I thought you said there were large fish involved. Are you saving those pics for tomorrow? Had I been invited, I would have shown you how to get to those Goldens. I guess that bacon grease I wiped on your food sack did the trick.
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Had I been invited, I would have shown you how to get to those Goldens.

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For the record, Glen was invited. However the requirements he imposed for accepting included us carrying in:
  • Six bottles of Pimms Cup
  • Two bottles of Taliskers Single Malt
  • 5 pounds of crushed ice per day
  • Fresh limes on demand
  • Two Waterford crystal decanters and six glasses
  • An 8X10 wall tent
  • Cot
  • Mirror and basin
  • Hot shaving water
  • A Porter and a Butler
We thought all but the Taliskers was a bit much to carry in for him.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:22 PM   #14
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Crazy awesome pictures of an incredibly awesome trip...!!

Beautiful scenery and the wildlife was abundant too...great photos of the native western animals...boy, those trout are gorgeous and quite big too!!Beautiful healthy trout specimens!!
Those boys are gonna never forget this trip!! Their memories and stories will be told by them forever...glad everything went well on your trip and thanks for sharing your story and pics with us...now...napkins for my drooling are gonna be very necessary if I keep looking back at those trout pictures!!!..
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:31 PM   #15
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Being able to share a trip & experience like that with the next generation is priceless VT. All I can say is wow!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:34 PM   #16
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Very nice! I was there thirty years ago and your pictures bring back great memories. I remember going through Dubois and then after the pass, the ride down where the Tetons hit you right in the face. Unfortunately, I hadn't yet taken up fly-fishing. Guess I'll have to go back.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:00 PM   #17
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Have friends in Dubois, WY. Been a few years since I have been there, but seeing these pictures makes me want to visit again soon.
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