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Backpacking and fly fishing in the high Uintas.

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Back to Utah

Every time that I go back to Utah I am reminded just how beautiful the state is. I traveled back for the wedding of Mary Rose and Jonathan. The Flanagan’s put on the most beautiful wedding that I have ever been to.

I was also lucky enough to do some fly fishing, and spend quality time with my family. I can’t wait to go back this winter and do some skiing.

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Paying it Forward

This blog originated simply because I wanted to see what the whole blogging thing was about. There was not a defining purpose, goal, or mission for what my efforts were to achieve. A college graduation, two cameras, multiple jobs, and two relocations later, a meaning seemed to manifest itself. My entries are normally brief. Only occasionally do they feature much writing. I found myself in beautiful locations doing things I am passionate about and I decided to share. Share photos, blurbs and ramblings. The reward has been the outlet to share my experiences with others, and maybe inspire someone else to go have some adventures.

Recently I was nominated for an award by a peer somewhere out there in the blogosphere. Her name is Rachel and it hit me out of the blue after I was Freshly Pressed. (You can see the nomination and her great blog here.) The premise and background to the award are as follows. I am going to edit out some of the chain-letter-esque requirements of it.

“The rules are that the winners have to pay forward to other people whose sites are worth the recognition. If they accept the award, they should: thank the person who nominated them; nominate five other favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers, and copy/paste the [blog award] Icon into their post.”

Normally, I would not participate in this sort of post but Rachel was so kind as to nominate me, and praise from peers is very flattering. She took time out of her busy schedule to recognize 4 others besides myself and I am sure that they also really appreciated the gesture as well. Thank you, Rachel. I am not going to post the icon or name of the award in this post because that seems like shameless self promotion on the part of whoever started this chain.

Here are my 5 nominations for what I guess I’ll name The Inspirational Blog Award. Creative, I know. If they accept feel free to dub it whatever you wish.

1) Stoltz Project – This blog’s author was recently Freshly Pressed and is interested in many of the same passions as me. Fly Fishing, Skiing, Photography, Shoots with a Canon… Check him out. Lots of quality inspiration here.

2) Kim Kircher: Strength From the Top of the Mountain – Kim’s blog relates to another passion of my life. Mountains. Her posts are always very eloquent and are a quality representation of a life that the mountains can offer. She is a ski patroller as well.

3) The Morning Fresh – I chose to feature this blog because the author is a young lady who knows how to live life. The Morning Fresh is relative to, you guessed it, more things that I live for. Travel. Climbing. Food. A visit to her blog will not disappoint. Keep it up Katie!

4) Mikibong – This author has a natural eye. She frames her photographs exceptionally well. Browsing through her recent post of Yosemite National Park, every photo possessed a refreshing new perspective. The framing is never the same. Check it out. You will not be disappointed that you did.

5) The Hung Monkeys – Aside from having the most amusing title of the bunch, this is a hard core climbing blog. They have compiled an abundance of great climbing films and posted some quality photos of their own climbing adventures.

Well, thats all that I have for my Inspirational Blog Awards. I hope that the featured bloggers and my readers enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it.

The Guadalupe River: First Impressions

I have made two trips to the Guadalupe River since making my way back to Texas. I was a little wary of how decent the fly fishing for trout would be because of the warmer temperatures. To my pleasant surprise, the Guadalupe seems to be full of rainbows eager to eat all types of Barr’s emergers, juju baetis, rainbow warriors, eggs, and san juan worms.

The structure of the Guadalupe is a lot easier to read than the Provo River. The flows are low and slow, so the trout or holding in deep runs and pools. The structure is easily seen through the gin-tinted water. All of the quality fish are towards the center of the river at its deepest points.

Occasionally you might see some trout rising during the great hatches in the morning, but all of my success has been underneath. Bright attractors like eggs key these rainbows on your rig and they will gladly eat up any smaller nymphs size 20-22. I am super excited about the quality of fishing down here in Texas, and am proud to be fishing the southern most trout fishery in the country. Photos taken and processed with instagram because I didn’t want to take my Canon out on a river I’m not familiar with.

Flies and Such

I get to hit the river for the first time in over a month tomorrow. Whilst grabbing all of my fly fishing gear, I thought about how long its been since I took some shots with my Canon. It took me only a couple minutes to throw these together and I didn’t arrange any lighting at all. Perhaps I’ll get some shots of Guadalupe rainbows instead of just my flies tomorrow. I also hope it keeps raining. There is something really relaxing about hearing the rain pattering on the river and the shoulders of your rain jacket. Plus it keeps the crowds away…

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Living the Lucky Life: Fly Fishing Alaska

Today, for your viewing pleasure, I am sharing a great short film from professional skiers Dane Tudor and John Spriggs. ‘Living the Lucky Life’ showcases their adventures fly fishing in Alaska. The film does a great job capturing these skiers passion for the sport. It is hard not to appreciate the humor and energy that they exhibit in the film. Darcy Bacha accompanied Dane and John as a still photographer. The images he captured are excellent.

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Wait?

As this year passes, I hate to make the cliche post about my resolutions. The point is not that I think New Year’s resolutions are unimportant in any way. Why should you wait until January 1st to set out and improve the way that you live your life? Every day should be treated with the utmost of importance. Every day that you are given is incredibly valuable.

The Grand Teton.

The life you are living is the only one you’re given. So live it today. Work so you can live. Don’t live to work. Make memories with the loved ones in your life every single chance that you get. You never know when you will be making your last with them… Surround yourself with people that share the same passions and values.

2011 has been everything that I could have wished for and more. There were so many adventures that I had no idea I would have the privilege of going on. These experiences were shared with some great friends, and people that I never thought I would be able to travel with. A special thanks to everyone (especially my parents and family!) that made 2011 such a special year. I couldn’t have asked for better company.

Cast, Snag, Rig, Repeat.

Instead of making a New Year’s resolution to get fit, or to make more family time, make the change. I don’t think that any person should quantify how much to improve themselves. I have been trying to learn as many new things as possible. The past year I have learned  even more about photography, fly fishing, skiing, backpacking, climbing, marketing, and myself than I could have imagined. The list goes on and on.

My New Year’s resolution is to make every day count. There are many places that I want to travel to. I am going to add more priceless memories to the bank with my family and loved ones. I look forward to all of the amazing new people that I will meet in 2012, and the relationships that I will make. Dream big and do what you have always wanted to.

“My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

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