Our first stop was for donuts in Quanah, TX. Carol Lee made us a mean maple twist, oh yes she did.
As we passed through Elk City we said the Pledge of Allegiance every time we saw a flag. (487 times).
We also stopped at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. Ten caddies buried nose first into the ground? #amazeballs
Have I mentioned how happy road trips make me? The happiest!
So many good things to see while driving like blue skies and barbed wire fences.
Windmills and cactus.
And cabins tucked away at the base of tablelands. #yes
After lots of detours, we finally made it to Abe's Motel & Fly Shop. Yep, it's both. A fly shop & a motel.
It's the kind of place where fishing wader hang outside to dry and everyone orders "the special" and a cold Michelob for dinner. Simple perfection.
Abe's is also the place where you'll find old Wagoneers covered in Patagonia stickers and adorned with trout hood ornaments. I would have offered to buy this one, but I knew the owner would never part with it.
After checking in to our motel, we headed to the Texas Hole to wade fish. Yep. Just me and the dudes.
I had fun catching my first rainbow on a dry fly. I also may have smoked some of Gary's cigar. Also, fun.
We fished until the sun went down and our bodies craved our biscuits more than the river. It was a perfect day, really.
The next morning we met, Don, our guide who took us out for a full day of boat fishing. He's amazing.
We caught lots of bows. Here's Tim with his first, a beautiful 13" rainbow trout.
This guy was handsome too.
Here's my first bow of the day, an 18"er caught just before the storm rolled in.
Catching fish made this dude really happy.
As did me. 22" rainbow.
My first brownie.
And my favorite fish of the day, a 24" hog that ran for 10 minutes.
One would think we'd be done fishing after 9 hours on the river, but nope. After dinner we headed back to the Texas Hole to wade fish until dark.
The next morning we found ourselves back at the Texas Hole wade fishing for a couple of hours before getting on the road.
Overall, our fly fishing trip to New Mexico was one of the most amazing trips I've ever been on. I hope your weekend was equally as memorable! Labor Day is just around the corner. What are your plans for the holiday weekend?