Travis had the opportunity, thanks to his dad, to fly fish in Alaska for 6 days...10 days total with travel!
He could not have been more excited and had the best time. Unfortunately, for me, there was VERY limited communication..and also, his phone froze while there...so, between the 2 i heard from him just a couple of times! So, needless to say, I was super excited for him to get home and share his pictures and stories!
He said the weather was nice..in the 70's and rained one day..but, they still pressed on.
According to him, they were woken up, with coffee, at 5:30-6am, had breakfast (that they chose the night before off a menu..rough..haha)...fished all day until about 5...came back to the lodge with appetizers waiting for them...they cleaned up and at 7:00 a delicious, elegant dinner was served...with the nice wine to go with it! afterwards they stayed up for after dinner drinks..or went to bed. I think travis did a little of both!:) but, the way he described the food...I want to go just for that! haha!
From hot and sunny weather...
to a 3 hour time different and cold, rainy weather... :)
from anchorage they flew to the Rainbow King Lodge in Ilianma, Alaska! (on a little micro plane)...travis said he was so glad I wasn't on that plane or I would have lost my lunch...b/c he nearly did! eeeek! but, look at the beautiful scenery..
He said the whole flight was over glaciers...so, he was glad to see solid ground when they landed! ha!
They fished in an area called "The Gorge" and Travis caught a ton of sockeye salmon, graylings, trout and rainbow trout!
so, as they caught...the guide cleaned the fish! and lunches were typically fresh caught fish they would cook right then! talk about fresh! yum!
this is a sockeye salmon...and apparentley excellent eating...I'm excited for him to get here! :)
he said it would take 20 minutes to real them in!
travis and his dad!..isn't this just gorgeous!
one day, at a different location, they had lunch here!
each day, depending on what people wanted to catch....they would take a suburban ride, boat ride or plane to their location.
fresh cooked lunch...this was a salmon bisque! wow!
this salmon was cool...b/c you can see the sideswipe he got from they they a seal!
lunch on the shore..
they saw a bear...actually 2...this one almost came too close for comfort...and the lodge doesn't allow guides to carry a gun...i think they should overturn that! ha!
and travis said, behind this grass a bear had stood up on his back legs but, when he snapped the pic it went down..and missed it! but, how cool.
their room..which did their laundry everynight! That must be a gift for the spouses..haha! they definitely spoil them!
the view from their room...the little house was the "dining/den hangout" area..
and this was the view the other way! Gorgeous!
inside the "lodge" part..
yes, they drank this whole bottle..in 1 night! I think 7-8 people!
fresh salmon sandwiches for lunch!
But, on sunday at 7:00 when his plane landed...we were there inside to greet him! We were all vey excited to see him.!
he brought the girls pink bracelets and ty a tub of alaskan animals...and me, 2 bottles of wine a man gave each person to take home to their spouse! how nice!
with the 3 hour time difference and all day fishing...he was worn out!
So glad he got to go..but so glad he's home!