Newsletter Volume 11

           June/July 1997

In 1995, Jeff and Cyndie set aside their careers to pursue personal interests: travel, flyfishing and adventure. They lived in a 5th wheel trailer that had been converted into a fishing cabin on wheels. Their Ford F350 pickup and custom designed inflatable boat took them to places where dreams are made. Rowdy, their Golden Retriever, came along for the adventure.

This newsletter was produced 6 times a year to chronicle and share the adventures. It was distributed to family, friends, business associates and folks they met along the way.


Welcome Back to the Adventure. After not hearing from us since our Christmas 1996 issue, many of you must have figured we'd fallen in a river somewhere up north and vanished from the face of the earth. Or maybe, since you didn't send us an expensive Christmas present this year, you figured you'd been purged from our mailing list. However, neither of these are true. As you'll read below, our mid-life adventures took a short break over the past 6 months. We figured since most of our readers know the story of "Eat, Sleep, Work", nobody wanted to get a newsletter that repeated that story. June of 1997 finds us back on the road again, ready for another summer of adventure. This summer's theme is "Roamin' the Rockies-1997 Tour". Read on and we'll tell you what's been going on in our lives and what lies ahead.

 Just Takin' A  Break from Just  Takin' A Break.  Contrary to the rumor spread by some of our friends, we have not retired. Nor have we hit the lottery and become independently wealthy. A couple of years ago we just decided to restructure our lives so our love of travel, adventure, flyfishing and the outdoors could be a top priority. Some savings and the income from renting our home in Austin allowed us to enjoy two years of adventure. However, economic realities and professional continuity brought our mid-life adventure to a pause this past winter and spring. In November we returned to Austin with the objective of working for 6 months to supplement our travel budget. Cyndie had plenty of professional opportunities with the Texas Legislature about to convene. Her 12 years of legislative experience soon landed her the position of Chief Aide to Texas Rep. Bob Glaze, a Democrat from the Tyler area in East Texas.

During the 140 day Legislative Session, Cyndie put in long hours in hearings, committee meetings and consultations with constituents. Representative Glaze was appointed to the House Appropriations and Public Health Committees and was the sponsor for many important pieces of legislation. All of this served to make for a lot of long days and nights at the Capitol, as well as making it an interesting and challenging session for Cyndie. 

Jeff called upon his technical experience in acoustical engineering and landed a major consulting contract with Dell Computer and several other smaller consulting projects. Jeff helped Dell build a state-of-the-art acoustical test facility that will be used to measure and control the noise emissions of the computers that Dell manufactures. The Dell project was completed when the facility received accreditation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Only three such test facilities exist in the US and Jeff has been responsible for the creation of two of these.   

Although we both enjoyed the challenges of our work experiences these past 6 months, it has served to remind us how much work can dominate our lives. It has enhanced our appreciation of the simple pleasures we enjoy each day of our break. We plan to repeat this scenario of working in Austin thru the winter and traveling during the summer for the next couple of years. Some of our friends who get this newsletter were instrumental in helping us locate these opportunities. We'll be looking for similar opportunities this winter and hope all of you will keep us in mind. 

Home Waters  When we returned to Texas in November the first place we headed was to the Guadalupe River in Central Texas. The Guadalupe has a special place in our hearts. It is not only our home fishing waters, the development of the Guadalupe River into a quality trout fishery has long been a dream of ours and we have worked many hours in pursuit of that dream.

When we left the Guadalupe River in the spring of 1996 our dreams were on shaky ground. A public hearing on the future of fishing regulations had not gone well. Emotions amongst both local residents and members of the Trout Unlimited Chapter were high, resulting and tension and verbal threats. Then, a major drought descended upon Central Texas and the cold water the trout needed to survive slowed to a trickle.

We returned to the Guadalupe in November to find our friend battered but not beaten. Fish populations were reduced due to the low water flows but the fishery was not wiped out, as we had feared. Cooler heads had prevailed amongst local residents and TU members, and a spirit of compromise had evolved. A new window of opportunity appeared to be open for the future of the Guadalupe River trout fishery.

By January, the fishing scene on the Guadalupe was back in good shape. New stockings of trout by Trout Unlimited supplemented those fish that had survived the summer and we enjoyed several months of good fishing. Late spring fishing became more challenging, but still quite rewarding, when the badly needed rains finally showed up in excess. High water flows made wade fishing tough but made for excellent conditions for our boat. We had several nice float/fishing trips on the Guadalupe during March and April.

The springtime also brought new life to the political future of the Guadalupe River. The compromise worked out between TU and local residents resulted in the passage of new fishing regulations on the Guadalupe River. In April, Texas Parks and Wildlife designated 12 miles of the Guadalupe River as a trophy trout fishery. Along with this designation, TP&W reduced the number of fish an angler may keep when fishing this section of the Guadalupe. We have worked with the TU Chapter for many years in pursuit of this change, as we believe it will be the single most important boost to the Guadalupe River fishery.

Other good news came to the Guadalupe River this spring. In May, the people who run the dam on the Guadalupe River made a preliminary change in policy that will result in more cold water flowing out of the dam during the hot summer months that are so hard on the trout. Also, Jeff and Cyndie were instrumental in getting a law passed by the Texas Legislature that guarantees that all monies collected from the sale of trout stamps in Texas is put back into the development of trout fishing.

As much as we like to travel and be in the mountain streams of the Rockies, it is always good to return to home waters. We have breathed new life into the Guadalupe River and it returns that life to us every time we visit it. If you've never visited the Guadalupe River in the "off season", you must come and visit us this fall when we return to it. Come see our dream coming true and feel me magic of clear, cold flowing water on a warm Texas winter day.

A Day in the Life  Returning to work this winter reminded us just how much our jobs dominate our lives. Up early with the alarm clock, off to work in the traffic, a long day at the office, home late, throw together a quick dinner and then your too tired to do much but watch a little TV and go to sleep. Before you know it that alarm is ringing again. And then there's the weekend, where you make a mad dash to attend to a few personal needs and obligations between going into the office for a few hours.

Revisiting the working life also has helped us appreciate the luxury of the lifestyle we live while we are "on break". In hopes of inspiring some of you to take a day or two, or a year or two, and do what you want in life, we'd like to share a typical day in Taylor Park, Colorado, with you.

It's 6:00 AM and the light of the sun starts to come into the trailer window. We drift out of a restful sleep and peer out the window. A couple of snow covered peaks, framed up by the window, welcome us to the new day. However, a glance at the thermometer in the window says it's still 30 degrees outside. Time to roll over and let the sun warm the day a bit more before we join it.

By 7:30 the thermometer has begun to rise that the beauty of the day is calling. It's up to let Rowdy out, make a pot of coffee and enjoy a cup or two in bed. Then, we arise in a leisurely manner and do a few stretches to get our bodies loosened up a bit. We find ourselves camped at 10,000 feet. There is no water or electric service to hook up to, but the view is perfect and the day is shaping up to be a good one.

It's about 8:30 by the time we get our running shoes on and jump in the truck for a couple of mile drive to our favorite running place. It's the road to Tincup, a gravel road at 10,000 feet that rolls and winds along Willow Creek. Along both sides of the road are pine and snow covered mountains. For the next 30 to 45 minutes we'll gasp for oxygen in this high altitude environment as we attempt to concentrate on the beautiful scenery that surrounds us on our morning run. Somehow Rowdy always seems to have more energy than we do and he generally sets the pace.

By mid-morning we return to the trailer to recover from our morning exercise and get the food in us we'll need for energy the rest of the day. The rest of the morning is spent on a few "home projects", tying a few flies and maybe a drive down to the pay phone to check voice-mail and
E- mail.

By noon we're ready for the day's event. Maybe we'll drive a couple of miles to a trout stream where we can sight cast to world class rainbow trout. Maybe we'll take the raft and float the Gunnison River. Or, maybe we'll drive to see the wild flowers around Crested Butte. We take our pick amongst too many good choices. Whatever we don't do today we can always do tomorrow. After all, we're not on a 10 day vacation, we're "On Break".

Whatever we decide to do, by early evening the sun, wind and water has taken it's toll on us. It's time to head back to the trailer and enjoy a drink while we sit at the campsite and enjoy the incredible view and watch the hummingbirds fight over the feeder hanging in our trailer window.

Relaxed and recovered from a day in the outdoors we decide on dinner. There's plenty of time to cook a good dinner at home, since we're home early and don't have to be up early in he morning. Maybe tonight we'll do kabobs barbecued over a bed of campfire coals.

In the mountains it's to bed with the sun, and sundown comes a little after 9:00. Once the sun goes away the evening cools quickly. We put some good music on the stereo and retire to watch the stars out the bedroom window. There are millions of stars in the pitch black mountain skies. Their light silhouettes the mountain peaks.

We drift off to sleep without the fear of the alarm clock buzzer. It will be the warmth of the sun that awakens us gently in the morning, welcoming us to another leisurely day in paradise.

If there is one thing we have discovered over the past couple of years is that there is more to life than just "Eat, Sleep, Work". There is definitely a time and place for good old fashioned hard work in life. But, there also needs to be a time for doing whatever one wants to, whenever one wants to. We hope that sharing a day in our life here in Taylor Park, will inspire you to have more days in your life where you do whatever you want, whenever you want.

Roamin' the Rockies is the theme for this summers adventures. Our itinerary includes visits to some places we visited in the past, some new destinations and the pursuit of unfulfilled goals.

Our first stop of the summer is our adopted summer "home" in Taylor Park, Colorado. Located near Gunnison and Crested Butte, we are convinced that Taylor Park is both one of the most beautiful places on earth and one of the best places to fish in North America. We were told this was the case before we drove all of the way to Alaska and are now convinced this is true. We'll spend over a month in Taylor Park winding down from our winter work experience and sharpening up our fishing skills.

At the end of July, we'll leave Taylor Park and head over towards one of our other favorite fishing spots. The Green River in the Flaming Gorge in Utah will be the second stop on our trip. We're hoping to have a couple of friends join us on the Green as we float and fish the crystal clear waters of this great western river, the headwaters of the Grand Canyon.

By early August, we'll be heading to the Yellowstone area for hopper fishing. We've got a great place to camp that is right on the banks of the Yellowstone. Our good friend. Bill Choate, who has joined us for adventures the past two summers, will be coming up. We'll be floating the Yellowstone and are planning a backpacking trip into the Park.

Our late August plans are not yet set in stone. While "on break" we reserve the right to change the schedule at any time, without prior notice. However, we are considering one of two options. The first takes us from Yellowstone north thru Glacier National Park and into Alberta, Canada, where we'd like to revisit the Bow River, site of our first real outdoor adventure almost 15 years ago. After floating the Bow we'd continue north to Banff and Jasper and wind up back up near Kispiox, British Columbia, where the world-class steelhead eluded our camera lens (and flyrods) last fall. By mid-October we'd head out of BC and make the 2,500 mile pull back to Austin, arriving in early November.

Our second option addresses some more practical objectives but should provide good adventure and fishing opportunities. After the Yellowstone we'd head over to the Big Horn River, a great western river we've enjoyed in the past. After we leave the Big Horn, we'd head back south and revisit Taylor Park in the fall. After some time to visit family in Albuquerque and Oklahoma, we'd make it back to Austin early in October. We'd spend a month lining up some projects and then we'd make a run to Florida in November, where Jeff would attend an acoustics conference, Cyndie would play in the Disney parks and we'd probably find some time to work in some adventure and fishing.

Like we said, we reserve the right to change anything at any moment. All we know for sure right now is that between today and sometime in October, we'll be somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. If you're thinking about coming to visit us somewhere, call our voice mail or send us an E- Mail and we'll tell you where you need to book a ticket to.

If you don't make it out to visit with us and share an adventure this summer, we'll be looking forward to sharing them with you this fall. Until then, we're "Roamin' the Rockies in 1997". (Visit and fish with Jeff and Cyndie before the end of the year and receive a free "Roamin' the Rockies 1997" commemorative T-shirt)

Fishing Recap After six months with phones, notepads, calculators and legislation in our hands and an office chair under our butts, it has been a nice change to spend our days with a flyrod in hand and cold water up to our waist. Eat, Sleep, Work has been replaced by Eat, Sleep, and enjoy a little fishing when you get around to it.

We're pleased to report that the fishing has been dam good. We've spent the past 5 weeks on our adopted home waters, the headwaters of the Gunnison River in south, central Colorado. The Gunnison headwaters area presents us with some many fishing opportunities that we can't began to touch them all in 5 weeks, at least at a leisurely pace. However, we worked in quite a few nice days of fishing to report on here.

We spent many of our days fishing the Taylor River below Taylor dam, which is just a couple of miles from our camp in Taylor Park. The Taylor River below Taylor dam is a unique fishery, m a single 1/2 mile stretch of publicly accessible water lie the biggest collection of large trout anywhere in North America. A record 22.2 pound rainbow trout was landed on 4 pound test tippet on this stretch of the Taylor earlier this year.

We've had some people who have been flyfishing for a long lime tell us about rivers they used to fish that had so many big fish that they would attempt to shake off any trout that was under 5 pounds, in hopes of getting their fly back in the water to catch a "big" fish. By our generation, most of those fisheries were lost and a 5 pound trout on any trout stream in America was a true trophy to be cherished. However, the Taylor River tailrace may be the only fishery left in America where we may have the chance to pass on this experience to the next generation of flyfishers. The water in the Taylor is crystal clear, allowing you not only to see the fish, but to judge the size of each fish before you cast to it. Jeff made it a practice not to purposely cast to any fish that he felt was less than 10 pounds. What is really incredible is that Jeff was able to hook a trout over 10 pounds most every day he fished the Taylor tailrace. However, since he was using a fly about the size of a pencil eraser tied to a piece of 4 pound test line, landing one of these over 10 pound fish was not a daily occurrence. In fact, it happened only twice in five weeks of fishing. Not that Jeff only landed two fish in 5 weeks on the Taylor tailrace. There were all of the pesky little 5 pound fish that would rush over and take his fly just about the time he was about to hook the really big fish.

Before we chronicle the rest of our fishing experiences in the Gunnison area let us just say this to our flyfishing friends. If you've never visited and fished the Taylor, rent a helicopter, hire a plane or ride a horse, but go there soon. This unique opportunity to site cast to world class rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout is not going to last forever. We've been fishing there for over 13 years and the fishery is already in decline from the pressure it now receives from new anglers that hear about it every day. We've spent the last 2 1/2 years traveling around the west trying to find a better big trout fishery and can now tell you from experience, there isn't one. If, once in your lifetime, you want to have a legitimate shot at very large trout, the Taylor is your best bet. Now, onto the other great fishing opportunities in the Gunnison area. The Taylor and East Rivers join in Almont, to form the Gunnison River. The stretch of the Gunnison from this confluence down to the town of Gunnison is a great float fishing opportunity and we just love to float and fish big western rivers. We did several day floats on this section of the Gunnison and enjoyed some good fishing each day, though some days were better than others. One particular day stands out in our minds. On this day we hit the green drake mayfly hatch like a flyfisherman dreams of hitting the hatch. These bugs were hatching and flying all over the place, including on the surface of the river where the big brown trout were all over them.

It had been two years since we last fished the Gunnison during the green drake hatch but we still had a box of flies we had tied back then, so we had the right fly and the fish would definitely hit it. However, two years ago during the Green Drake hatch Jeff had fallen into the Gunnison River and got bis fly boxes all wet. Since he had not bothered to dry out this box, all of the hooks on these perfect Green Drake flies were rusted and quickly broke. Over a couple of hours we must have had 20 big brown trout come up to our flies. However, we only landed two or three of them as we fished most of the hatch with flies without hooks, only able to enjoy the satisfaction of bring the fish up to take the fly.

In addition to the Taylor tailrace and Gunnison River fishing days we also spent some time on the upper Taylor fishing dry flies to smaller, but equally as fun, rainbow and cutthroat trout. A day trip over to Spring Creek, one of our favorite small dry fly streams, yielded some fun fishing and nice fish. However, on Spring Creek, a 10" fish is a big catch. We took a drive up to Mirror Lake with family and took the raft out on this high mountain lake in hopes of catching a few fish. It was a wonderful day in a beautiful place but it turned out to be one of our few fish-less days this summer. Well, that's fishing.

Now, it's on to the Green River where there are sure to be more beautiful trout awaiting us. We'll be floating the raft through the Flaming Gorge Canyon every day, so the trout will be just a nice bonus to what is sure to be a fine day, no matter what is happening on the fishing scene.

Friends and Family One of our main reasons for making the changes we made in our personal and professional lives was that we hoped to have more "quality time" to spend with our friends and family. Since we are on the road so much, we do not see our friends and family as often as before. But, the time we spend with our friends and family is now not a quick dinner after work or a couple of hours of visiting at holidays, worked into an all to busy schedule. It is time that builds memories that last a lifetime. It breeds stories that are repeated each year when the family gathers at holidays and forms a common bond of a shared adventure with friends. Our adventures this summer have started with quality time spent with our friends and families and we'd like to share a few highlights with you here.

Cyndie's family, the Shelton's, first took her to Taylor Park back in the 1960's and it was her experiences there that led us back there on our first summer vacation together in 1984. Just as Cyndie's family had, we fell in love with Taylor Park too. Although we have returned to Taylor Park every year (except last year) since then, Cyndie's parents had not seen the park in almost 20 years. So, it was a wonderful reunion when Emmett and Jeanette Shelton, Cyndie's parents, along with Rick and Ron Shelton, Cyndie's brothers, joined us at our camp in Taylor Park for a few days of camping, fishing and exploring.

Later in the month another long overdue reunion occurred. Jeff's parents, Pete and Rosemary Schmitt, who have joined us at several destinations on our travels, came to Crested Butte along with Jeff's uncle Tom Schmitt. We had not seen Tom in almost 13 year, when we crashed his home in Florida as low-budget newlyweds on our honeymoon.

One of the best parts of flyfishing in Taylor Park is the friends we have made that enjoy sharing the same experiences that we do. David Clithrow from Denver has become one of those good friends we fish with on the Taylor. David has the coolest remote campsite set up out in the woods near Taylor Park and fixes a mean dutch oven dinner. We always enjoy fishing, eating and visiting with David.

We have enjoyed several summer fishing trips on the Taylor with our good friends Terry and Wendy Gunn, of Lee's Ferry in the Grand Canyon. This summer our schedules didn't coordinate very well and we only crossed paths for one day in Taylor Park. We did get to have a nice visit with Terry and Wendy and spend a few hours on the river with them. There is just too little time to spend time with everybody.

And then there's the "It's A Small World" item of the month. Last summer we got a phone call while we were in Alaska from a guy in New York City, wanting information on fishing in the Gunnison area. He introduced himself as Jim Levison, a name that sounded familiar to me, but we could not figure out why. Then, one day while staring at the Anglers Calendar on my wall, I discovered that the fishing photos that decorate my walls were Jim's. Jim and I exchanged some correspondence and he ended up on the newsletter mailing list, even though we had never met. It was while fishing the Taylor one sunny afternoon last week that we noticed a guy taking our picture. When we looked over at him, out of the blue, he asked "Are you by any chance Jeff and Cyndie Schmitt". He had no idea why he thought we were the people that had been sending him this crazy newsletter, but something just told him that we might be them. Anyway, it was good to meet and have dinner with Jim. We caught him a nice rainbow right on cue so now it's up to him to sell it to somebody big and make us stars!

We're hoping that we are just getting started on the quality time with friends and family for this summer. A couple of our friends have already made plans to join us later in the season. We hope to run into you soon and to share some time that will make memories that will last us a lifetime.

Cyndie's Wildlife Sighting Report

This has turned out to be a favorite regular feature amongst at least one of our readers. Dave Davis, Jeff's longtime friend from high school, says he reads this column to the children he nannies in Martha's Vineyard- So, in honor of Dave and his little friends, here's this issue's report.

We start off with a real odd sighting. Camels were sighted in West Texas. Don't ask us why, there were just a herd of them along the road as we drove past.

Also along the road on the way were antelope in the fields of West Texas. I spotted a herd of Big Horn Sheep in a valley just above the Taylor River dam. Locals tell us you don't often see them this far up the valley, so this was a rare sighting.

We have a Western Bluebird that frequents the hillside outside our trailer. If the sun catches them just right when they are flying, the color on the bird is breathtaking.

We've got a hummingbird feeder hanging just outside the trailer window. The little hummers are frequent visitors and provide a wonder foreground to the mountains that paint the background in this window. The most unusual has been the Rufous hummer which is an iridescent copper color in the sun.

There are two mule deer, in velvet, coming around our campsite early every morning. Rowdy spots them when there is barely enough light to see. He barks to let us know there are some "big homed dogs" roaming around out there in "his territory".

Rowdy, however, appears to be oblivious to the coyotes that are howling in the mountains above our camp most every evening. He just snoozed through their calls.

There is a red tail hawk that rides the thermal air currents over the lake in front of the trailer. When he turns in the sun you can see the color in his tail really flash.

And then there are the standard mountain animals. There are chipmunks, marmots and moles. There's elk grazing in the mountain valleys. The campground birds include Clarks nutcracker, gray jay and magpies.

July has been a good month for wildlife sightings. I expect to share the outdoors with a few animals during our trip to the Green and am really looking forward to visiting the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park.

Alaska On Your 0wn  During our adventure to Alaska last summer we took over 3,000 35 mm slides. When we got home last fall we assembled 180 of these slides into a one hour program we call "Alaska On Your Own". It is kind of a combination between what we did on our summer vacation and a how to go to Alaska and experience top quality fishing without spending your life's savings. The program was prepared with flyfishing clubs in mind but we've found that many of our non-fishing friends and family enjoy it equally.

This spring Jeff presented the program to the Guadalupe River Chapter, Trout Unlimited and to the Texas Flyfishers in Houston. He plans to present the program to other flyfishing clubs in the southwest US this fall. In addition to the slide show, Jeff has published a 20 page guide to the program that helps other interested anglers plan and experience one of the seven adventures highlighted in the program.

If you didn't get to see the show this winter, while we were in Austin, do look us up this fall. We'd love to share it with you.

Campground Recap  When we last wrote in our Christmas issue we were camped in our own backyard in Austin. Our good friend, Margana Nalley rents our home and graciously agreed to let us live in the backyard of our one acre lot. We ended up spending almost 6 months in this living arrangement. We have sort of a "docking station" concept worked out where our trailer mates up to a large deck and storage room/office. We share access to a large screen porch with Margana and this gives us more than a comfortable living space. It worked out quite well while we both held temporary jobs in Austin.

On June 15 we pulled the trailer out of the yard in Austin to start this summer's adventure. Since then, here's we're we've stayed.

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, Texas We've been looking for a good campground in Austin and don't know what took us so long to discover this park. It's a really beautiful place that is just minutes from town and much more reasonably priced than the commercial campgrounds. We'll be staying here again when we return this fall.

Dallas North KOA, Denton, TX. We've stayed in this park before and really didn't intend to spend the night here. However, we got a late start out of Austin and arrived at the Camping World Store in Denton 10 minutes after it closed. We needed a bunch of supplies for the summer, so we stayed in this park which is close to the Camping World and got our stuff the next morning.

Meadowlark KOA, Clayton, NM. My most vivid memory of this place has nothing to do with the campground, which was nice. After weeks of sleeping in the Texas heat, our night in Clayton was cool and comfortable. It's nice to get a break from the heat and humidity that plagued Texas in the early summer,

Gunnison KOA, Gunnison, Colorado. By now you probably think this newsletter must be sponsored by KOA. We do stay at a lot of them, particularly when we're moving from place to place. They are usually a bit on the expensive side and you are stacked into sites that are right next to other RV's. But, they are consistently clean, safe and are readily available along the road. So, we use KOA campgrounds as an overnight stopping place quite frequently. The park in Gunnison is nice. We usually stay here one night, while we stock our shelves and pick up supplies before we head up into the mountains.

Holt's Guest Ranch, Taylor Park, Colorado We used to stay in these rustic cabins at Holt's when we came up here for summer vacation and highly recommend them for any of you who want to come visit us in Taylor Park. Now that we travel in our trailer, we sometimes stay in the RV Park at Holt's while we scout out prime National Forest Service Campsites in Taylor Park.

Lakeview Campground, Site #3, Taylor Park, Colorado. For us, this is the "Reference Campsite" by which all other sites are judged. We spent three weeks in this site two years ago and were lucky enough to get access to it for 10 days this summer. It has no electric, water or sewer service but it has a view that is unsurpassed, is large and well isolated from other campers. Best of all, it is located about 3 minutes from some of the best trout fishing anywhere. We stayed in this site until they made us leave so that it could be occupied by a Campground Host.

Lakeview Campground, Site 24, Taylor Park, Colorado. Although not quite as spectacular as the view from Site 3, the view from this site is hard to beat. One nice advantage to this site is that is has a real nice fire ring and group gathering area which was well utilized by the friends and family that visited us. This sites was our home for over three weeks.

Cyberlinked over the past two summers, one of the things we have missed the most about living in the wilderness has been the loss of access to our E-Mail friends and associates. Getting online in the backwoods has proven to be task too challenging in the past and we have ended up apologizing in the newsletter to those of you who send E-Mails only to have them go unanswered before they expire. Well, this summer we've had a technological break through. Our new Konex Koupler allows us to connect to the Internet using a pay phone handset. Of course this link rarely works any faster than 2,400 baud but we've found that to be fast enough to download and. upload E- Mail, as long as none of you send along any megabyte graphic files with your message. We check our E-Mail, as well as our voice mail, every couple of days. We love to hear from friends and family while we're on the road. Our number and ID are on the header of the newsletter, so send us a message. We'll send you back the latest news from the great outdoors.

What's Next? Our next issue won't be as long in coming as this one was. We'll be back in about a month to give you with stories of our float trips on the Green River and our adventures in Yellowstone. We've missed writing to you so it's good to be back on the road and back at the keyboard. Do keep in touch and, if at all possible, plan on coming to visit.

Contents:

Home Waters

A Day in the Life

Roamin' the Rockies

Fishing Recap

Wildlife Sightings

Campground Recap

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