Thursday, July 16, 2009
The July Good Life
It's mid-July, and we're living the good life here in Driggs, Idaho. Long sunny days, trails drying out, rivers clearing up, fields the greenest I've seen in my 15 years here. Does it get any better? (well, it would have been better if Bridger hadn't gotten "skunked" down at the pasture tonight, for the third time in two years...will he ever learn? :-))
Palisades Reservoir is about a 40-minute drive from Teton Valley, and is in prime condition. 100% full, clear water, fishing and boating beckoning. The scenery's not bad, either.
Just below Palisades, the South Fork of the Snake River is starting to fish well. Drift boats are out and active, seeking the river's coveted trophy Cutthroat trout.
A highlight of the week was my first mountain bike ride of the season on a favorite local trail, way back in the Big Hole mountains. This view always puts my soul at peace, and inspires a sense of adventure. No crowds...just mountains, trail, trees, water and wildlife. It was a great evening out there.
Icing on the cake was the fact that I spotted an elk where they used to be plentiful, but are rarely seen anymore. On my first ride here 15 years ago, this little meadow was filled with about 100 elk. Tonight, I was happy just to see one. Amazing how it made the crazy world seem right for the moment.