Finest on the water fracas.
Spent a day and a half with our little girl and her mountain family.
Got the grand tour of Aubrey’s new place of employ in Chico, The Plant Barn
We then motored out to the Norcal Coast headed towards Oregon with many stops along the way for exploring. The stretch of coast from Eureka north is incredible. Parks, beaches and rivers seemingly every mile.
We spent a night in Gold Beach Oregon
Debra and I were joined by friends from Chicago for our annual 3 day trip to Laguna Seca for the coolest car event on the west coast. An all out assault on the senses. Smells such as burning fuel, burning brakes, burning oil, marginal paddock food, campfire smoke in your clothes. Sights, the pictures will speak for themselves. Sounds! Ferrari V12 scream! Ground pounder 1200 HP Can Am era McLarens? We have the same campsite every year that overlooks both the Carmel and Salinas valley.
Great company, Phil’s Cioppino, good times.
Professional deck men Jerry and Mike joined Debra and I for a Sunday jaunt out the gate. We have had precious few salmon tries this year due to other distractions so it really felt great to hit the salt. We had an uneventful trip past Point Bonita and turned up the line. Conditions were high overcast and flat ass calm. Bait was all over. The A.M. fleet was from Duxbury north to the towers and seemed to be enjoying spotty action.
We ran all cable baiters, 2 on the wire and 2 with releases. A few nets were out but looked slow so we bolted for the channel buoys. Huge fleet there and the bite was snapping. Got a tip From Pacific Ryder as they looked to be finishing up. We dropped deeper and at 60 feet we got a quick flurry. First fish in the high teens was grabbed by a gluttonous mass of seal blubber before we could get it in the bag. Stellman’s little girly arms and barbie reel could not get it in quick enough. But he quickly redeemed himself on the next bite which we got boxed despite some creative network.
Mike had the next chance but decided to horse it and busted it off boatside.
Bait was crazy thick and boiling.
We had a break for home made lamb burgers which really rocked.
Then the whale show started.
We were west of the first channel bouys most of the afternoon. This location is a fascinating place to hang out for a few hours with all manner of skiffs, party boats, Long liners, pilot boats, freighters etc.
Although disappointed we only brought home one fish, it sure felt great to be on the ocean.
Leavitt Falls Overlook
We rolled out to Bodie but turned just shy and explored Cottonwood Canyon. THat detour dumped us out North of Mono. We spent the night in the high desert boondocking.
I can’t stay away from the coast. We have been hanging around the city and coast a lot recently getting out of the valley heat. Even though it is now completely overrun with legions of zombie homeless cheek to jowl with hipster excess, I still love San Francisco. We have gotten in some live bait drifting with moderate success. Have not been out for salmon in AGES. The amount of bait in the bay and even in my harbor is huge.
Always cool to go to Giants games especially when you are berthed at South Beach.
Lots of long walks revisiting neighborhoods and trying new restaurants. I just wish I could move back!
Spicer Meadows Reservoir is located in the central Sierras off of hwy 4 around 7500 feet up. The area is an amazing mix of glacially carved granite and volcanic monoliths towering well over 11,000 feet. We have made summer boat in trips here for many years.
Thelma/Randy, Sue/Doug Patrick Austin Debra and I hit Spicer this fine July. Plenty of water in the lake this year. We were able to ferry everything to our boat-in paradise halfway up the lake in two trips with our 16 ft tin can with the boat loaded to the gunnels and doggin it alll the way.
We camped on the south side near the no motor border about a 2 mile ride from the ramp. We have this spot dialed. It is set in the granite with space for 4-6 large tents dispersed amongst the boulders with an excellent communal cooking area and huge firepit. Some years it is an island.
All pitched in for the various meals and we did not suffer. Sunsets did not disappoint