Another day, Mike took us up Crooked Creek --- I caught this really nice Rainbow trout in one of the great holes on the creek!
Here Mike is explaining where to cast so that I might catch "Mo" - the legendary trout that lives in this spot! Unfortunately, Mo was not interested in anything I presented to him.
Mr. Squash really outdid himself this trip - he caught several, large Cutthroat trout! Here is just one of them!
Here he is with Connie, one of the ranch dogs, on Crooked Creek, casting into a sunbeam!
I also had time for some stitching out on our deck! The weather was gorgeous - hot days and cool nights!
This will be a pillow --- a fun little stitchery from Buttermilk Basin!
Here is Lynn on her tractor. She came down to the river to haul our stuff up to the cabin! What a woman - tractor lady, fisherwoman, great chef, gardener, horsewoman and wonderful friend! Sorry if I left any of your great attributes out, Lynn!
Mr. Squash had some issues with his back on this trip. Turns out Mike also has the same issue! Here they are discussing their aches and pains before dinner one evening!
Connie on the left has been our fishing buddy for the last three trips to the ranch! She was joined this year by Coot - the most wonderful, two year old black lab! She has incredible, expressive eyes and was eager to fetch anything in sight - including little scraps of grass she would find in the jet boat and place on my lap!
Oh yeah - the bear! There were several on this trip! Charles, the chef, was telling us about a family of four that lived up on Crooked Creek this year. We saw lots of evidence of them while fishing up there, and on the last outing, we actually saw one of them across the river! That was enough to pack it in for the day! This bear we spotted on the road out at the end of our trip. We were able to get right up to him (in the car, of course). All he was interested in were the berries on the side of the road - and thankfully not us!
The Hummingbirds at the ranch are numerous and quite tame! This was the first time I ever saw one sit on a feeder without flapping its wings!
Then there are the pigs....they were trying to stay cool here in their little house. I tried to get a picture of Florence the cow, but she was hiding in her little barn out of the heat as well. She's responsible for all the fresh milk and butter at each meal! Other animals on the ranch are donkeys, horses and cats! One evening Mike and Lynn had to chase Itchy the donkey back to his paddock. Charles explained he's a jumper and that night he decided the apples in the orchard looked really good to him!
Mike is very organized around the ranch. I'm always impressed at how nicely he cuts and stacks the firewood!
Here is part of the vegetable garden - and who might that lovely lady be in there guarding all the fresh veggies from predators?
This is the strawberry patch - surrounded by a tall, wire fence to keep out deer (also in the vegetable garden)! There are also grapes growing up the other end of the fence!
I wish I could show you all the pictures! This gives you just a little idea of what a delightful place Shepp Ranch is! We plan to return next year for a little Steelhead fishing!