This time, my friends and I went to Salida, CO and fished the Arkansas River.
For me, the fishing was tough. I did not catch many. A couple of my friends did much better. However, in true Colorado style, the day time temperatures were in the mid 70s Fahrenheit. They dropped to the mid 40s during the night. The weather was great. Always remember this: “Trout don’t live in ugly places.“
We did not camp this trip, we rented a house in Salida. It was new construction and quite comfortable. Two of the three nights, we cooked our suppers. One night we ate at a restaurant that we had not tried before. It was pretty good. We cooked breakfast every morning and prepared a lunch of sandwiches and apples for lunch.
My friend Ed was driving us back to his Frisco condo on the last day. However, he had volunteered to do a river watch. The river watch consisted of 4 or 5 volunteers and a couple of National Forest people going to a stream named Chalk Creek in the area of a ghost town named St. Elmo on Mount Princeton.
We checked five places on the creek for width, structure, water temperature and oxygen content, took samples for water quality chemistry and collected underwater insect life to be analyzed by a specialist. This is the website: River Watch Colorado
By the time we met and drove up the mountain and onto rather rough jeep roads and checked the five places, we worked about 6 hours. It was rewarding and fun.
There was very little problem with my carcinoid cancer. One of my friends brought a large amount of chocolate goodies and I’m afraid that I cannot resist it when it’s easy to get. My carcinoid syndrome did occur after the second day of eating too much chocolate and stayed with me until I got home. A short explanation of this can be found in my blog post: Carcinoid doesn’t like chocolate.
I hope my readers can have such fun and rewarding times with good friends!