Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blog Update - Road Trip Adventure to Noxon Reservoir

Took at trip about 120 miles from Kalispell to the Clark Fork River and Noxon Reservoir camped at a wonderful free forest service campground at Findley Flats. They have 18 sites and a couple pit toilets and a bat ramp. Nice place and easy to launch and get to with a nice bank to tie up to at night near your campsite. We had a wonderful time.

The story is best told in pictures....

Here we are ready to leave Kalispell!

Jim towed his trailer and I towed the boat so we had everything we needed for a few days of camping and fishing. Good roads and easy access to the campground and by going on a Thursday we beat the weekend rush.

The place was beautiful!

The fishing was a little slow, but being a new place neither one of us had ever been to, we were happy to stay even or ahead of all the locals who were not catching much either. We managed to nail one nice walleye and several smallmouth bass and quite a few northern pike.

The walleye was destined for the skillet!

Not having all the ingredients for our standard coating we resorted to crushing up some spicy CheeseIts and after an egg wash and roll in the crumbs it hit the skillet!

It was VERY Tasty!

The second morning brought loads of people and the campground filled up and the ramp was busy...but there was some pretty dense fog, which made for some morning photo ops!

Been wanting to work on this shot - still not perfected, but the idea is there and will get refined this year!

We brought our own entertainment - Clyde was always having fun in the campground! Playing dead and grinning, he was a happy dog!

Evening meant a great dinner and a campfire - with Jimbo's own method of one match fire lighting!

Add some propane and a weed burner and the fire lights right up!

Saturday night the campground was full and we had an obnoxious neighbor who decided to run his loud generator till way late at night, so Jim and I took a walk towards the water with cameras and tripods to do a little star shooting. Our neighbor was so bad we considered getting out the cordless drill and adding a few holes to his boat! But we refrained....

Here is the "Big Dipper"!

Here it is in black and white...I like the color better!

So now a few days waiting for better weather and getting some shopping done, some fish smoked and packing up for a little photo adventure to catch some changing leaves and mountains on the East side of Glacier National Park!

Stay tuned for an update - supposed to have snow in the higher elevations and rain and cold for the next few days so we are staying put.

Capt. Jim - "The Gypsy"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

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