Monday, September 26, 2011

Pine Creek to Carter's Bridge

Yesterday, Dan, Christian and I floated the Yellowstone River from Pine Creek to Carter's Bridge in the Paradise Valley.  It was a beautiful warm early day of autumn, the golden leaves blowing off the cottonwood trees imitating rising rainbow trout as I fished crystal clear water from the banks of the river.  Dan rowed, I fished the front of the boat and Christian fished from the back.  An eagle flew overhead and perched on a tree near a good fishing hole.  Towards the end of the float a blue heron or a crane hit the water hard as it accidentally hit a power line.  I caught a few small rainbow trout all on dry flies, Christian caught a couple and Dan rowed. It was a beautiful beautiful day in which we talked about Jackson's new word "smartecules" and I felt extreme gratitude towards Dan and Christian, my friends, my wife, my father, my sons, my family, my employees, my customers, my life. I spent most of the day focused on the ripples in the water, fishing the eddies, waiting for strikes.  What a wonderful day.  It definitely energized me for today and hopefully longer.  It's the fall, the jewish holidays are arriving, Rosh Hashana (the New Year) begins on Wednesday night, it is the fall, it is my annual time for contemplation, reflection, reading and writing.  I was just looking at my Yom Kippur blog entry from last year and it so matches me in the now...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Dan's view as he rowed and rowed

My view when I turned around

Dan says this should be my screen saver

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely beautiful, I love times like that where you are surrounded by beauty and you can be thankful for all you have, I have that same feeling now :)