Sep 122014

DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1Fishing on the Deschutes River with Matt Carter and Nate Turner with Deschutes River Outfitters via

Matt Carter, our guide — from Deschutes River Outfitters showing me how it’s done.  Matt is a super talented angler and has been featured in many magazines and recently was featured on the cover of Fly Fisherman.  In addition, each summer he travels to Mongolia as a fly fishing guide.  Kinda crazy if you ask me, but follow your passion I say and this man certainly does :)

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DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1 (23 of 54)It’s a great time to relax or keep on fishing from the shore // guess who chooses to snooze? XOXO

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Coconut Thai chicken kebabs grilled riverside atop a bed of delicious kale and carrot salad.  Let’s not forget the heavenly grilled garlic bread alongside . . . we devoured all of it :)

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Nate teaches me how to identify the different bugs that the fish are feeding on in the river.  Match the bugs to what is in my fly box he tells me.  This lesson along with so many others throughout the day has turned me into a very fine angler I must say!

DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1 (38 of 54) DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1 (37 of 54)We floated 39 miles down this glorious river today.  We wanted to experience what it would be like to do a typical three day float in just one day (because #1 we were short on time and #2 we could absolutely NOT pass up this experience floating the Deschutes River).

On a more realistic level — Deschutes River Outfitters offers riverside glamping following a day (or two, three, four, etc.) of fishing and floating the Deschutes River.

Now, this is not your typical camping set up.  This is true glamping I tell you.  Nate explains to me:

“Monica, you can stand up in our tents, they are spacious and roomy.  We provide cots to sleep upon so you are not sleeping on the ground.  We prepare and set up everything for you and we cook delicious gourmet food for you.  Restrooms are plentiful here along the river so if your skiddish about using any other than a real restroom, you need not worry (because I told him, I was not a fan of mother nature’s toilets, lol).”

This is only just the beginning of a bucket list trip dream come true — have a look for yourself at all Deschutes River Outfitters has to offer:

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Meanwhile, back at camp, we sit outside and reflect upon our most beautiful day.

We were one with nature.

We caught and released some of the most beautiful trout I had ever seen . . .

and we relaxed and soaked in the beautiful scenery around us.

I also laughed.  SO hard.  Did I mention that Nate Turner should have been a comedian in his other life?  That sweet Nate had me in stitches laughing so hard.  Such an easy and fun guy to hang out with on so many levels.  Plus he’s super smart about the area.  It’s no wonder that with him and Matt, their combined experience floating the Deschutes River beats any other fly fishing company out there. HANDS DOWN.  No question.

Thank you Nate for making me laugh. 

Thank you Nate for teaching me how to fish and become a better angler.

Thank you Matt for teaching my boys how to become better anglers and for your delicious gourmet cooking!

But most of all, thank you for the memories.  I heart you both so very much !  This trip will remain in my sweet memory forever.



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Mar 102014

Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, ID with our Airstream 2014

There’s always a day during our trips where I like to take it easy.  Easy as in, taking my good ol’ sweet time in the morning preparing breakfast and then heading out the Airstream door to really get acquainted with whatever town we are in.  Ever since arriving in the town of Sandpoint I’ve been eager to check it out.  Since hubby was off on his own skiing with his friend Tom, it was the perfect day to do this.

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Oct 182013

Airstream in Grand Teton National Park

As we say goodbye to Jackson, Wyoming —  I’m touched with a bit of sadness.  This part of our country is truly, so beautiful and I really look forward to returning one day.  We had such amazing adventures here and they all will live deep in our memories forever.  I know this will be especially true for B because he was so brave on many of them!

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Aug 282013

Highway 75 between Challis and Ketchum in Idaho

Located right in between Challis, ID and Stanley, ID — along the Salmon River off Hwy 75 is where you will find one of the most picturesque campgrounds ever.  It’s called the “Salmon River Campground,” and we could hardly believe our eyes at the sites here.  They are all big and spacious sites but best of all, they are located along the Salmon River.  Right there!  If you love fishing or just relaxing by a river — this is the place for you. Continue reading »

Aug 052013

Angler's Roost Montana with our Airstream

Four months ago we began planning our “Rockin’ the Rockies” Airstream road trip and finally, here we were, at the very beginning.

The Bitterroot Beginning.

We found ourselves at the “Angler’s Roost” campground in Hamilton, Montana tucked along the Bitterroot River.  We softly landed in site #19 after a full day of driving from Seattle.  Daylight was still ours for a bit so we settled in and took time to relax.

I kept thinking to myself  “three weeks away from corporate America,” and those words, in and of themselves made me feel very happy.

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Jun 192013

Airstream Trailer

When we were driving home from our Memorial Day Weekend Olympic Peninsula Loop – this RV park (called Rest-A-While RV Park) caught my eye and I made a note of it.  It looked really cute and was located right on the water.  Very pretty.  When the following Friday rolled around, we left after I got off work to come and check it out.  We made it in time for sunset.

The following morning was so relaxing as we were in no hurry to do anything but wait for the tide to go out to gather clams and oysters.   I prepared breakfast and coffee while the boys went for a walk.  Oliver decided to stay with me and continue snoozing away :)   Continue reading »

Jun 132013

Airstream trailer road trip and glamping around the Olympic National Park

Map of Port Townsend Fort Worden

It was our last night glamping with our Airstream at Fort Worden State Park.  Around 2 am we awoke to winds howling and rain pouring down.   I’m glad we were smart and put the awning up before going to bed.  Have you ever had to put your awning up in the middle of the night because of strong winds and heavy rain?  Not a pleasant experience, that’s for sure.

Stormy night at Fort Worden

While the boys slept in, I took Oliver for a walk up to Fort Worden to get an up close and personal look at the historic buildings and also get a feel for where the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” was filmed.  I also thought about those crepes I would make for the boys when they woke up . . . Continue reading »