Click HERE or on the photo above to check out the video.
We have had a really intense winter here in the Columbia River Gorge, but today the kayak fishing season officially opens with a few nice Smallmouth bass caught on the warmest day of the year so far. As is usually the case this time of year, there are fewer fish, but the fish you do catch are a little bigger than average.
It was a great way to kick off the 2017 fishing season. We’ll have more in the next day or two…
We’re not going to lie to you, getting old pretty much sucks, but once in a while you catch a break. The lifetime senior National Parks that costs $10 for anyone sixty two years of age is a pretty sweet deal. Almost every National and State Park has some kind of fee. If you spend a lot of time traveling, camping or fishing, these fees can really add up. The National Parks Pass gets you in all National Parks that charge a fee and maybe a discount on camping or boat launching. You also get access to a lot of other government land. For example, in the Columbia River Gorge there is Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington and right across the Columbia River in Oregon, is Mt. Hood National Forest. With the senior Parks Pass, you don’t need a Northwest Forest Pass, which is $30 every year. Also covered are U.S Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas. A lot of those are around water and you get 50% off camping.
State Parks are not covered by the National Parks Pass, so you’ll usually wind up with a couple of annual State passes as well. We did mention that the fees start to add up… The price of the senior National Parks Pass is supposed to go up to $80 later this year. Supposedly, it will be at least a few months before there is any price increase. For the price, if you are over sixty two, a $10 pass sounds like a pretty good deal.
We are going through some old La Jolla kayak fishing videos and grabbed a still from one of them. This one is from August 2006
Looking through the videos, 2006 was a pretty good year kayak fishing at La Jolla.
We’ve been cleaning out one of the WatermanAtWork storage facilities when we came across this factory pack of Rick Griffin Murphy surf stickers. The stickers look to be in mint condition and the glue on the back of the stickers may still be good, but they might be worth a little more in the condition they are in.
Rick Griffin’s work was well known, especially among the surf crowd.
It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter and we are anxiously waiting for the first real stretch of spring weather. The abundant snow has mostly melted away in the lower elevations, leaving plenty of mud, puddles and raging creeks and rivers. Good time of the year to look at the many waterfalls in the area. We will try and get out on the backroads to look for some of our favorite waterfalls off the beaten path as soon as the rain lets up a little.
We will also be getting out kayak fishing for big springtime smallmouth bass as soon as the water in the Columbia River gets warm enough. There are a lot of questions regarding this season’s fishing here in the Columbia River Gorge, especially with the salmon and steelhead fishing. After last season’s poor showing for the fall salmon run and the Trump administration’s plan for the environment and outdoors, there are a lot of anxious fishermen.
We here at WatermanAtWork are going through some considerable professional and personal circumstances that may result in lower than normal blog posting for a period of time. We’ve got some real cool plans for the future that will result in lots of exciting and new adventures, but between now and then, there may be some gaps, so we hope you will bear with us until we get going with future plans.
We were sidetracked by a quick road trip but we are now back at the WatermanAtWork.com World Headquarters, where we are happy to report that the weather is warming up and most of the winter snow has melted! We thought this day would never come, it’s been a tough winter. We flew back east for a few days where the temperature one day actually reached the high seventies, which broke weather records by a long ways. It didn’t last long because the following day it was snowing, nearly a fifty degree temperature drop! On the way back to the Pacific Northwest, there was still plenty of snow in the Rocky Mountains.
It’s always nice flying west around sunset because the setting sun takes a long time to dip into the clouds.
We are back to work editing video and are hopeful the the snow in the weather forecast does not materialize so we can finally get outside.
We’ve got more work in progress, this time around will be a couple more kayak fishing videos. We are seriously hoping we’ve turned the corner on this record cold and snowy winter. It’s warmed up a bit, but there is still a foot of snow on the ground in most places. We have seen the sun a couple times and the temperature has been above 40° a few days, so we look to be headed in the right direction.
Stay tuned for progress reports and video release dates. Who knows, we may actually get outside for some fun sometime soon.
The 1995 Grundig World Cup Downhill video has been uploaded to YouTube. You can click HERE to view the video on YouTube. The video on the watermanatwork.com website has better quality and no ads, but the YouTube option is now available. Both the video on the website and on YouTube have closed captions in English.
The 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill mountain bike race video has been uploaded to the watermanatwork.com website. From analog Hi-8 video tape in 1995 to the internet in 2017, finally got around to it.
These were the glory days of mountain bike racing. Full suspension mountain bikes were just coming out, but the inch or two of suspension wasn’t much by today’s standards. Clipless pedals and primitive disc brakes appeared. Full face helmets, but not too much body armor. Not super technical by modern standards, but the Snow Summit downhill course was plenty challenging with rocky, dusty trails, off camber turns, sudden steep sections and peddling(imagine that) for two timed runs down Bear Mountain.
Check out the video HERE or click on the photo below:
We’ve had plenty of time to work on these videos because the winter here in the PacNW remains challenging. Lots of snow for winter activities is what you want, but there is a point when there is so much snow and/or cold, when the novelty wears off. If you can’t get out of the driveway, you can’t do much else. More snow today, but not as cold as it’s been, so we are hoping for a blizzard-melting deal.
Work continues here at the watermanatwork.com World Headquarters. We have more mountain bike videos in the chute and kayak fishing videos and photos to get the 2017 fishing season going, whenever winter cuts loose of us. Stay tuned…