An Eastern Summer

Hello again! It has been quite some time since I have signed on to deliver a post, so I figured it was time to do so again. My last two months have been filled with working, spending time with family, and a few adventures. The pictures can explain the rest. Enjoy!

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I got to spend some time with my friends from EMU in Archbold, Ohio. It was great to reconnect and explore the surrounding area.
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Since my return east, I have made a few fishing trips to the famed Neversink River.
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A scarlet tanager found along the banks of the Neversink.

The entire Baer family made a trip to Camp Deer park to surprise my brother Kenton; he was very surprised. We had a great time hanging out and exploring the new cabins that he built.

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Its hard to call them a cabin when they look this nice.
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Kenton with his beautiful creation.
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Some of the boys took a lovely hike in the woods between rain showers.
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All the pine used to build these cabins came from the surrounding woods and were milled onsite.
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The Baer family.
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A curious whitetail that let me get way to close to it.
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Gavin caught this trophy of a brown during some high water fishing on the Neversink.

 

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I also got into a few nice ones.

Part of the Baer family also got to join the Dimmigs for a weekend in the Adirondacks. It was a lovely extended weekend, with plenty of delicious food, hikes, and fishing.

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Sunset over the lake.
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The jokes and stories were never lacking with this group of people. Thank you Pete and Marian, for the wonderful weekend.
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He was very pleased with the fishing that the lake offered up.
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I could not find much to complain about as well.
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Even though the nights were not totally clear, there were plenty of stars to enjoy.

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What a great place to master streamer patterns for the large fish lurking in the lake.
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The famous blue hour or “dusk”.

It has been a lovely summer so far, but I am ready to return west and continue my exploration. Nevertheless, I will always love these places and will forever dream about them.

New Stomping Grounds

I recently moved to New York to help my brother build cabins at a children’s camp. One of the positive qualities about this camp is that it is set in the Catskill mountains where there are many fabulous trout streams less than a half hour away. Famous streams such as the Beaver kill, the Neversink, and the Esopus are only a short drive away.  Unfortunately, I can not spend all my time fishing, but I do get the weekends which leaves me two days a week to explore the surrounding waters. On my first weekend I decided to fish the famous Neversink Gorge area. I fished the Gorge area  on both Saturday and Sunday and still did not even cover half of it. It is a beautiful place away from civilization and is chock full of wild brown trout. Words cannot do this place justice, so I will let the pictures do the rest of the telling.

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The wild and wonderful Neversink River.
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My first wild brown trout of the day.
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A fellow fly fisherman that made the journey from NYC to fish.
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I have to keep coming up with new ways to take pictures of my fish, so I am becoming creative!
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My largest wild brown trout to date. He measured 19 inches and took me a solid twenty minutes to get in.
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My lovely new work bench that Kenton dug out of storage for me to use. He keeps laughing at me for using a hard chair, but it is difficult to sit in an easy chair and tie flies.
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It took me 4 tries to get a focused picture of myself, but I finally managed.

It has been about a week and a half since I arrived here in New York, but the place already feels like home. It is great to spend some quality time with my older brother and work with him as well. I hope that I do not annoy him and that I actual help him get some work done. Enjoy the pictures, they’re a glimpse of how great this place is.

Spring Break in the North Country

For the first half of spring break I was able to venture into the North Country of New York in the Adirondack State Park. Although I am totally ready for spring to arrive, I was really excited to explore the frozen lakes and snowy forests for a couple days. Upon our arrival at our camp in the evening, I walked out on the nearby lake to soak in the last of the day’s sunlight.

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The next day my parents and I decided to hit the slopes at Whiteface Mountain for a day of skiing. A light snowfall during the night was a nice remedy to the rather icy trails. It ended up being a fairly warm day, which made the skiing enjoyable and well worth it. At the end of the day I decided to try out the ski cross track which they had (similar to the olympic races but on a smaller scale) and it was quite fun.

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Whiteface Mountain, home of the downhill Olympic events in 1980

On the following day, I decided hike out over Oseetah Lake and explore the area. I first walked out to the center of the lake to check out the fishing shanty. It was a cozy little place with a small wood stove inside.

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The ice fishing shanty on Oseetah Lake

As I headed out to the far edge of the lake, I was surprised to find a Black Lab that appeared out of nowhere. He was an energetic guy, that journeyed with me for the next hour and was great company in this barren land. I named him Miller since I found him on the middle of Miller Pond (aka Oseetah Lake).

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Miller

Later in my journey, after Miller disappeared, I passed by a road that went out onto the lake. A few trucks used this to access their “boat access only” homes. It felt like ice road truckers.

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The ice road

On the final day, I headed out to bird the Bloomingdale Bog. I was targeting the Boreal species that reside here. The variety of birds lacked, but lots of Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches let me get extremely close, sometimes even less than a foot away. Eventually I stumbled upon a group of Gray Jays, which are unique to this area in New York. Later along Bigelow road I finally found my nemesis Boreal Chickadee, which was an exciting discovery.

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Red-breasted Nuthatch and Black-capped Chickadee
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Bloomingdale Bog Trail
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Attempting to feed the Gray Jays

Winters in the Adirondacks are very unique (and cold). There is so much silence and stillness, which can be a great way to get away from the rush of life that often blurs the important things in life.

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Alone under the stars