My wife and I just returned from a two week road trip through BC, AB and WA state (see signature for link), and now she's working out of town for 3 weeks. The weather has been crap since we got home, but it looks like its gonna be a nice day for a change. What to do... what to do... Yardwork? Nah... Housework? Pffft... Fishing? Possible... Riding? Definitely! Fishing AND riding? Lets try that! I figured all the crap I was hauling around for two weeks while on vacation was probably less weight/bulk than all my flyfishing gear, so out came the Wolfman Bags and my Northface duffel and in went the float tube, neoprene waders, flippers, 4-piece pack rod, a net, a reel, a few spools (floating, sinking tip, and full-sinking lines) and an assortment of tackle. First of all... I need to get my fishing license renewed. A quick stop at the corner store just up the road from my house after loading up the DR: Then it was a straight shot across the highway onto some rural section roads for a bit: This took me to the Blackwater Road, where I turned south to enjoy some of the hills and curves: You can barely make it out in the photo below, but near the peak of that 'mountain' in the distance is the local radar weather station, a mere 19.2km from my house. Its nice to be near a good weather station when deciding if the weather is good enough to ride or not: Soon enough, it was time to hit some gravel. Turning west onto the Pelican FSR: The road is in pretty good shape... speeds of 80-90km/h were easy to maintain: Normally, I'd be a little more reserved on these roads, as they're dominated by logging trucks. Today is a stat holiday, however, so I pretty much had the roads all to myself. First stop - Shesta Lake rec site: The access road from the Pelican FSR down to the lakeshore: A nice view, but the lake was already getting pretty windswept, so I opted not to test the waters here. There were several smaller lakes with more shelter close by that I would check out. Shesta Lake: Time to cruise some more of these empty forest service roads! This road winds past the the old Clear Lake Sawmill. This was a Canfor mill that closed down a few years ago with the downturn in the forest industry in the area. There were people around and vehicles moving about, so perhaps its being maintained for an eventual revival. Looks like the rednecks were out having some fun on the roadside... A better shot of the radar weather station on Mt Baldy Hughes (click the image for the link to the Environment Canada weather page showing what that station sees) Why hello there, Ms Deer! She bounded down the road moments after I got stopped and took this slightly-fuzzy shot. I idled down the road and spotted her again just up the hill, watching me Back onto the main FSR again: Cruising along, enjoying the sunshine which has been so rare around here of late: Stopping for another photo of the view Another quick detour over to the old motocross track. Pretty quiet out here nowadays. The new track is apparently up and running tho. Guess I should get out that way and check it out one of these days. Back out onto the Blackwater Road, heading south for a short detour: This used to be Camp Baldy Hughes, an old military camp. Its right at the base of Mt Baldy Hughes, which is where the weather station is situated. The camp was a resort/rv park for a few years after the military moved out, and now its a rehab community for people recovering from substance abuse. Back to the gravel again... almost at the next lake: And we're here. Clear Lake. Time to get in the water and get away from the whining kids. A look around from the middle of the lake: Apparently the 'big' fish were snoozing still. This was the largest of 4 that I caught (I released them all) in the 2 hours I was there. Still fun and relaxing tho! Not a bad day to be out on the water! Time to get back on the road, tho. Sadly, I have yard work to do today as well. Oh well... at least the ride to get home will be a nice one! I figured I'd take a detour on the way home and make a side-trip to check out the observatory. I'ts only 15 minutes from my house and I've never been there before. And now I can at least say that I've 'been there'. Might have to go out there and check out the next astronomical event... whenever/whatever that may be. Not a bad way to kill a morning/afternoon! Next time, further away from home, a bigger lake, and hopefully bigger fish.