We recently returned from our annual fly fishing vacation. Every couple of years we have been going to Shepp Ranch located on the Salmon River in Idaho. The only way in is via jet boat, bush plane or pack horse. We always choose jet boat (I’ll save our bush plane experiences - and there are some doozies - for other posts). The first day begins with a 26 mile drive down a one-lane, dirt road outside of Riggins, Idaho. The road ends at the jet boat pick-up site of Vinegar Bar and it’s another 15 mile boat ride up river to the ranch. While waiting for Mike to pick us up this year, we sunned ourselves on rocks at the boat ramp. I spied this rock and just had to take a picture! Now that’s a happy rock!
We love the Shepp Ranch. It’s a little like being on a cruise ship - meals are served at regular intervals family style, there are activities (guided or unguided) - fly fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming, hot tubbing, riding, etc., you stay in your own private cabin complete with a wood burning stove for those cold mornings and evenings, electricity from a generator, you get a chance to meet and interact with other ranch guests, and oh, did I mention food??? The food is fabulous and plentiful. Mike and Lynn Demerse have managed and run the ranch for 33 years now - they feel like family! Mike always takes us out fly fishing at various spots up and down the Salmon River several times, or we can just walk up Crooked Creek from our cabin and fish to our hearts content. I caught and released this nice rainbow on the creek the last morning of our stay. We’re thinking about going back next year for either the spring or fall Steelhead season - something we have never done.
Here is my current work in progress - Winter Wonderland by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio. Please forgive the basting stitches I haven't pulled yet!
I’m on the final stitchery, the holly border, then I will begin making the outside blocks.
I just love Meg’s patterns! I also have the patterns and fabric ready to go for Zelda’s Fancy Hat, Halloween Journey, and Over the River and Through the Woods. Several quilt shops in my area have had her for full-day classes, but I can never seem to get in one before it fills up! One of these days I'll make that class for sure!
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