The other day we heard about some small stream fishing - our favorite kind - about 3 hours from us. In the spirit of spontaneity we decided to jump in the car the next day and check it out. Fishing has been nearly non-existent for us so far this year and we were ready to catch and release a few nice cutthroat or trout. Plus the weather has been in the high 90's for what seems like forever and we knew it would be a tad cooler up higher.
Why rattlesnakes, you ask? The river is called the Rattlesnake River! We really hoped that it wasn't actually named after the snake. There are a few rivers in this area that do have them and I am deathly afraid of the buggers! But, Mr. Squash and I are most certainly adventurous so we thought we'd take a look! We began by driving all the way up to a lake above the headwaters of the river. This was the view on the way up. The distant mountains are around Chinook Pass.
Here is the lake at the top. We were amazed at how low it was and the campgrounds around it were undergoing a renovation so no one was there.
We spotted some colorful birds and I was able to get a quick photo before one flew away. Mr. Squash correctly identified it as a Western Tanager. Click on the photo for a better look.
After that we drove 4 miles back down to the river. Here is what we found - still high and fast and not suited for fishing! We tried a few casts but all it got us was having to clean the gear for another day! I did, however, see a snake! Oh, Lordy, you should have seen me run! I don't think it was a rattler, but it was certainly bigger than a garter snake (or perhaps a well fed garter snake!).
We drove down here after lunch but it was just a tiny stream and a lot of empty campsites. We even stopped at the ranger station farther down to see if they knew anything about rattlers in the area, but they didn't. Hopefully we can ask some fishing guides in the area what they know before we attempt to go back again!
Here is Block #6 of my Cottage Rose BOM. I'm not crazy about this one - not enough contrast in lights and darks for my taste. The shop that is running this closed their doors, but I was able to buy the rest of the months and have them shipped to me. I was pretty bummed out by this, so I kind of lost my enthusiasm for the program, but I'm sure it will come back once I begin the next block! I was enjoying getting one each month and making it right away. Now that they are all sitting in a pile kind of takes the excitement of getting a new one each month away. Has this ever happened to you?
I had to do some major trimming of my European Cranberry the other day. Rather than throw away all of the gorgeous branches with berries attached, I thought why not make an arrangement! I mixed them with some lace leaf hydrangea - unusual, but pretty!