Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why I'm not a fly fishing guide!

For all fly fishing enthusiasts, this link is a gem.

Leave it to the experts to turn conventional wisdom on its head. Just when I'd resigned myself to hanging the waders up for the month of June, I read about trout being caught in the fast moving Poudre. And right during a time when life's responsibilities and obligations are once again getting in the way of time on the river.

Don't tell anyone, but I'm going to sneak up the canyon anyway.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Two Week Update

Yep, those are Jalapeno peppers. The first food I've grown in my life! It's amazing what a good combination of sunlight and rain can do for an amateur gardener. While the rain does nothing to calm the rushing waters of the Poudre or enhance the fishing thereupon, I can rest easy in the knowledge that the trout will still be there in a month or so when the brutal runoff eases up. In the meantime, I'm having some success in another outdoor venture.

My scarecrow is so intimidating, I'm almost afraid to step over the fence myself. The only wildlife I've seen venture in so far are a few fearless blackbirds. If you were a rabbit, would you feel welcome here?

Neither would I!

After planting and waiting for about a week for something green to burst through the soil, a few days of intense sun and more than a few days of rain and careful watering started yielding results. I started to see zuchinni and cucumbers make their way out of the ground. Two weeks in, I'm optimistic.

And who says a rookie can't make corn grow?

Tomatoes and peppers? No problem!

OK, OK. So America's farmers aren't in any danger of losing market share. But doggone it, I'm at least going to throw a decent dinner party!