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Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

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Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby WanderingBlues » November 10th, 2015, 8:57 am

With temps dipping into the low 20's, and the trailer sucking down propane like Papasequoia on a good IPA, we made the decision to move towards the coast. For those with ADD, I'll cut to the chase- it was worth it...

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Now, on to the story... We tried crossing over through Sisters, but there was a whiteout in the pass. We boondocked in the forest that night and awoke to snow. That made our decision easier- head north and then west through the Columbia River Gorge. But, we couldn't pass up a hike in Smith Rock SP.

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The trip through the Gorge was spectacular. It felt like some of the areas of the Alaskan Inside Passage. And the transition from high desert to temperate rain forest was cool to see. I'd love to tell you about Hood River because it looked like an awesome adventure/crafts brew town. However, all the camping options were closed for the season. Enjoyed the drive, though.

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We continued west, actually breezing easily through Portlandia, and into the Coastal Mountains. And it rained for 3 straight days causing Seasonal Affective Disorder amongst the people.

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But then the sun would show itself and life would be good.

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Which leads us back to the beginning of this segment. A 100 mile round trip for one fish? * yeah! That salmon weighed more than all the trout I've caught this year combined. Broke off on another, which leads me with zero salmon flies. Heading towards Portland today to stock up while Tami has tea with a girlfriend who lives in Lake Oswego.

And the adventure continues.

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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby midger » November 10th, 2015, 9:07 am

Nice fish and looks like you're all (dogs included) having a grand ole time.

Only two salmon flies? You need to tie some.
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby FIGHTONSC » November 10th, 2015, 9:47 am

Curtis,

Looks like you enjoyed Seaside Brewing, with that "to go" growler standing faithfully next to your poured IPA.

That goatee is filling in nicely! You're starting too even look like the rest of us retirees!

Safe travels,

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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby briansII » November 10th, 2015, 10:38 am

And just when you think it can't any get better.......

Righteous pictures.

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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby NorcalBob » November 10th, 2015, 11:18 am

Ain't retired life tough!!! :bananadance:
I need to convince my wife to take that gig! But then again, there ain't no way she would sit in a trailer for 3 days to wait for the rain to quit falling so's I could go fishing!!! :doh:
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby Papasequoia » November 10th, 2015, 11:19 am

Rain in Oregon? Who woulda thunk it. :D. Sounds like a lot of propane by the way, I think you're going to need a bigger tank. LOL Three days of snow here and mammoth by the way
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby Wingnut » November 10th, 2015, 3:00 pm

Go to River City Fly Fishing Company, great "Mom and Pop" shop. Don the owner is cool, and the rest of the guys are good too. Tell them I sent you in, if they remember me it still won't matter, they won't sell you crap you don't need.
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby WanderingBlues » November 10th, 2015, 3:07 pm

Wingnut wrote:Go to River City Fly Fishing Company, great "Mom and Pop" shop. Don the owner is cool, and the rest of the guys are good too. Tell them I sent you in, if they remember me it still won't matter, they won't sell you crap you don't need.


I hit the Orvis. A buddy of mine is the manager.
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby lucfish » November 10th, 2015, 4:00 pm

And so it continues. Three days of rain, that's just a primer. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby dray » November 10th, 2015, 7:23 pm

Nice salmon you got there. Digg'n your reports
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Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby Rasputinj » November 10th, 2015, 8:59 pm

Nice salmon!
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby stanbery » November 10th, 2015, 10:00 pm

Curtis

Keep the reports coming.
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby silverlaker » November 10th, 2015, 10:45 pm

Sounds like a blast - love that you are spending time in Oregon. I'm a big fan of Eugene... tough time of year though! Enjoying the updates.

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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby ldr » November 11th, 2015, 10:33 am

Looking forward to part IV.
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Re: Airstream Chronicles Pt. III

Postby mikeyfishsd » November 12th, 2015, 4:58 pm

Thanks for the update
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