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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Time for the last leg of the 50-days Fishing Journey

Gore Creek at Vail.

Heading out for 10-14 days: Craig, Kremmling, Steamboat, RMNP, Boulder, South Park, Salida. One part of the trip will see us backpacking into the high country for big greenbacks. What a trip so far. Peter Pan. We don't have to grow up. Hike trails, splash in rivers, eat whatever we want, travel when we want and where we want. Crazy summer.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A-Liner: What we think so far

We are working with Columbia Northwest this summer, on our 50 Day Journey for the book research, and as such, they've loaned us a Classic A-Liner for the trip. Here's what we think:

* this camper is one we are willing to buy. Put our money where our mouth is.
* It's SO easy to put up and take down that it's mind boggling. 30 seconds or less.
* When it's up, there's tons of room. Our classic has a sofa and table that makes into a bed; a couch that makes into a bed. Sleeps four, supposedly but realistically, it sleeps three.
* We don't like the shelf over the one bed. Serves little purpose and gets in the way when you sleep.
* It needs some angler improvements:
*** add a rod holder on the side (a soft leather zipper one or a hardshell pvc type.
*** add a cutting board near the utility shower. we don't kill and clean fish, but other anglers, most anglers do.
*** the electrical situation is confusing if you don't hook up at KOA.
*** the fridge eats up a lot of electricity/battery and it doesn't keep things that cold.

The trailer pulls so easily that we often forget we have it behind us. It'd be nice if the trailer had some eyeholes and such to which we can tie on our kayak. We make it work though. Our A-Liner classic has been through wind and rain and sleet and snow this summer and it's leakproof. The propane-driven three burner stove is dependable and ideal for getting out of the cold and rain.
We've had folks at campgrounds, the Durango house, gas stations come up and ask us about this odd-shaped trailer. Several have asked to look inside and they're always amazed at the amount of room inside. So far, so good.

Time to head out again

Amy and I are getting ready to head out to Eagle, Breckenridge, Aspen, Fairplay, Vail for 7-10 days, whatever we need to research, take good pics, get good weather to fish, find the right spots to eat and so on. We'll blog as we go. Enjoy the pic of my nephew's dog Franklin whom we mistakenly took fishing last year.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

They made a statue of me.

Mom found it, Amy made the glasses, Don wrote my name on it. It's me. Angler Mark. Great. Thanks guys.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

nice cutt

mac with nice colorado cutt / Flat Tops Wilderness.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Grand Mesa and Flat Tops leg of our trip

Best Day of Fishing. Ever. Nuff Said. More later. Leaving Flat Tops heading to Roaring Fork, Crystal and Frying Pan.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

heading out for phase two of trip

We will be heading out to Grand Mesa Lakes in the morning. After a few days there, we'll light out for Meeker, Rifle, Carbondale, Basalt. We have coffee, whiskey, frozen brisket, pulled pork, jerky, power bars, bananas, frozen spaghetti and tons of snacks. We have new flies, clean wading shoes, cleaner A-Liner. We are ready.