{San Juan River} New Mexico

Monday, August 27, 2012

Last Thursday, Tim and I left for New Mexico around 4am. It was early, but road trips make me happy.

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.

Elk crossings.

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.

At the end of the day the San Juan had given us 32 bows. Talk about a good day on the river!

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.

This was one of my moments of our trip.

Eventually we retired our rods and came back into town just in time to shower and go to sleep.

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?


Molly Stark said...

Awesome pics and fish Em! Happy to see you were so blessed in so many ways! :)

Molly Roberson said...

Em-I've never been more impressed by one person in my life! I wish I could've been on the San Juan with you laughing & cackling as you pulled in your 30in bow! You make me proud.
More than DQ blizzards on the road & 4G service that allows friends to talk while in rivers & cabins.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! We will celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss under the blue moon this holiday weekend! SF Fan

followingbutterflies said...

That's it, Em- you've convinced me. Next trip Wes and I take must include fishing. We might need some instruction, since the last time I went fishing, I used a snoopy fishing pole and tied a red lifesaver as bait.

Becky said...

What an awesome catch! My hubs would be so jealous. Beautiful bows!! Love that the two of you can do enjoy fishing together!

Lisa said...

The sunset picture is AWESOME!!! :) GLad y'all had a great time.

Kristen said...

Oh what an amazing weekend. Road trips make me happy too - and road trips with a motel and fishing in the end sound pretty amazing, especially if it comes with that sunset.

This weekend we are hosting my favorite musical artist, Shannon Curtis, for an outdoor house concert. She's coming all the way from California to entertain my friends and family in Kansas City. It's sure to be an amazing experience. I'm excited to finally meet her!

Holly said...

Love this! We go up to Lake Navajo each summer and this makes me miss it so much! Good ol' Abe's...

annie h. said...

you. are. so. cool.
i spent some time on the river, too! i rafted with some girlfriends for a bachelorette party. swam in the rapids and jumped off some rocks. it was great!

Mary said...

Love the pictures! Makes me miss fishing trips with my Grandpa.

I'm heading to Portland, Oregon this weekend to visit my in-laws with my hubby and my family. Looking forward to fresh air, the coast, and maybe even some Voodoo donuts!

melanie said...

That looks like so much fun! Beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. Congratulations on catching your first rainbow on a dry fly :) I wish I knew what that meant, I have only regular-fished, not fly yet! Also: you two are so adorable. x, mel

Anonymous said...

No plans for the long weekend, thank goodness. I've never been fishing. Do you catch and release?

Today's Letters said...

thanks molls! #blessed indeed.

mrr, why so sweet? you're an amazing friend. next time i'm taking you with me! more than 2 coats of white paint and winter's first fallen pinecones.

anony, 25 years? holy cow! so impressed. have a wonderful time celebrating your anni this weekend.

following, yes! you'll love it! promise.

beck, fishing is one of the things tim and i both enjoy doing together. gives us so much life!

lisa, thanks! it was even better in person :)

kristen, wow. amazing! so excited for you and your weekend with shannon.

holly, love that you know the goodness of abe's! it's a great hole in the wall place.

sweet annie, why am i not surprised? you're always up to something fun! hope you are well girl.

mary, def voodoo donuts! enjoy one for me.

mel, you're cute. dry flies float on top of the water. way fun to watch!

gsplace, (almost) always catch & release. this time we did not keep any of the fish we caught. may not be the case for our camping trip to asheville in sept.

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