Plan C

Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches when things aren’t going the way you planned. In this case, we had to go with plan C because mother nature decided to throw some curve balls. Mike, Tom and myself made plans to hike into a lake we had never fished before in search of some lake trout. The lake sits roughly 1,000 feet straight down from a road, and the lake itself is at 12,500 feet above sea level.

We had an early start, arrived at the road in question, and it was closed. Now this road is a seasonal road and is not open in the winter months. But we had all checked to make sure the road was open for our adventure and everywhere we checked said it was open. There were no signs around to let us know why the road was closed but a gentlemen walked over and let us know that the road was closed due to a rock slide. So on to plan B.

Unfortunately, plan B was setup if for some unforeseen reason we could not make it to our first destination, we were going to fish a lake that is right next to the road. So of course that was out since we couldn’t even get up the road. Plan C, here we go.

Plan C was thrown together last minute when we decided to hike to a lake that is in the generally vicinity of where we currently were. We didn’t want to waste anymore time with driving somewhere else, so we threw on our packs and headed up the trail. Not knowing if the lake we were hiking to was free of ice or not, because the high alpine lakes had seen a lot of snow late in the season and most were still frozen, but we went anyway. We arrived at the lake to find it 95% iced. Oh well, at least we had a small area that was unfrozen to wet some lines.

The rest of the day was spent fishing and lounging, lounging because the fishing wasn’t that great. In fact, only one fish was caught and that was by Mike. But we still had a great time with some majestic mountains and with good friends, and in the end that’s really all that matters.

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Too Much Fishing

Is there such a thing as too much fishing? If it doesn’t interfere with my responsibilities then no, there is no such thing as too much fishing for me. I have a lake across the street, a creek 10 minutes up the road and a river 10 minutes down the road – every chance I get I go fishing. The fishing in the greater Denver area is not the usual fly fishing paradise, but when you can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, carp, catfish, and just about any other fish you can think of, that sounds like a paradise of fishing to me. Now if I only could figure out how to fish a little more……

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Drop It, Throw It, Soak It



Would you ever let a 4 ½ year old child throw your iPhone on the ground and jump on it?  Or take it into the water when it is bath time? That’s exactly what I let my son do after I received a LifeProof case for my wife’s iPhone 4s. I should admit up front that the bathtub incident did happen, just without the phone in the case – at my wife, Karen’s, request. Good thing she reads instructions, because the first thing to do when you get a LifeProof case is test it first. Although the case is amazingly light and fits the phone like a glove, they do not guarantee your phones safety if the instructions are not followed properly. So we put a piece of paper in the case, closed it tightly and let our son submerge it, throw it against the wall and keep it underwater for roughly 20 minutes. After bath time was over, the paper was bone dry – now onto real world testing.

Karen used the case for a couple of weeks before I could get my hands on it. She loves it! Weighing in at 1.05 oz, you don’t even realize there is a case on your iPhone. With all the business calls and texting she does with her phone (to be honest I think she is just on reddit most of the time) she never notices any lag time when working with the touchscreen and the case somehow works with all of the phone’s buttons flawlessly. But to really test out this $79 case and to make sure it is worth the money, I needed to take it with me on one of my fly fishing outings to see if it can withstand some real abuse.

I brought the case along with me on a hike to a lake that sits at roughly 12,000 feet above sea level. It was going to be hit or miss whether the lake in question was actually fishable, or if it would still be covered in ice. To my luck it was fishable, somewhat. There was a sliver of open water on the western shoreline so my friends and I did our best to catch some fish, but in the end only one was caught. However, the fishing isn’t what is in question here, it’s the LifeProof case and if it is worth the money.

Since there was still ice on the lake I decided to try and punch a hole in it with the LifeProof protected phone – the ice was too thick so the phone just bounced. Then I took it to the outlet stream and tossed it into a shallow area and let it sit at the bottom for a bit while filming some video. Then I “accidentally” dropped it on the rocky shore as I was eating my lunch.  Then my friend Tom picked it up, took a picture and updated his Facebook profile. (Even at 12,000 feet, we still can’t escape technology.) That’s a lot to put a phone through and have it still working perfectly, so I was impressed to say the least.

At the end of the day, the LifeProof cases are definitely worth the money. For everyday use, and the occasional dropping of the phone in water or snow or the floor, you really can’t go wrong. And for the days at the pool photos and the photo shoot on top of the mountain while skiing or hiking, this case is perfect!

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